As a result of strategic developments, and the increased workload of successful contract and grant awards, the CCRI has recruited three new researchers to the team.

Firstly, Nenia Micha from Greece joined us as a Senior Research Fellow. Nenia previously worked at Teagasc in Ireland, an organisation closely aligned with CCRI and with whom we have close collaborations. Nenia’s research interests include the impact of policy design and implementation on the economic and social sustainability of the farming communities.

Secondly, Jasmine Black joined the CCRI from the Soil Association, where she worked on the Innovative Farmers programme. In her role as Research Assistant, Jasmine will be working extensively on the SoilCare project and is interested in how different cultures use and understand soil across the world. She is passionate about spreading the importance of soil health through theatrical storytelling, interactive workshops, writing and illustration.

Finally we also welcome Research Assistant, Amr Khafagy from Egypt. Amr will be working primarily on SURE-Farm project and has worked in micro-finance in Egypt and India, where he was involved in designing and evaluating rural finance projects.