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Ernesto Mendez

University of Vermont
Professor
Burlington, VT

V. Ernesto Méndez is Professor of Agroecology at the University of Vermont’s Environmental Program and Department of Plant and Soil Science, where he leads the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC). His research and teaching focus on agroecology, agrifood systems, participatory action research (PAR), and transdisciplinary research approaches.  At UVM he is also an active member of the Food Systems Initiative and a fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment.  He has almost 20 years of experience doing research and development work with smallholder farmers in Latin America, with an emphasis on coffee farmer cooperatives. He is also working on urban and peri-urban agroecology in Vermont and climate change in the U.S. Northeast. He has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, as well as three edited books. Most recently, he was the lead editor of the book Agroecocology: a transdisciplinary, participatory and action-oriented approach, published in 2016, which explores how the field of agroecology can contribute to attain more ecologically sound and socially just agrifood systems. Ernesto was born and raised in El Salvador and has worked extensively in Latin America, the U.S. and Spain.