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Profile summary

  • Smallholder agriculture
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Participatory methods
  • Youth
  • Sahel
  • Burkina Faso

Hanna Sinare’s research focuses on the multifunctionality of landscapes dominated by smallholder agriculture, and on what can attract new generations to produce food sustainably in these landscapes

Sinare is a postdoctoral researcher interested in human-environment interactions in smallholder agricultural landscapes. Her geographic focus is West Africa, particularly Burkina Faso.

In her current project, she focuses on one of the key actors for future sustainable food production in the region – future farmers. Through interviews, surveys, policy analysis and scenario planning she will study what young people in Burkina Faso perceives as opportunities and constraints for agriculture as a livelihood, how their perspectives fit with policies for agriculture and youth, and how food production can be sustainable in a region with multiple changes, including climate, infrastructure, population and lifestyles. The study is funded through a FORMAS Mobility grant. Sinare is based at Institut des Sciences des Sociétés in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso for all of 2019, and was a visiting fellow in the Rural Futures cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex during the autumn of 2018.

Sinare previously worked with synthesis of research on social-ecological systems, ecosystem services and development in the West African Sahel region within the GRAID programme at SRC. Sinare holds a PhD in Natural Resources Management from SRC (2016). In her thesis, Benefits from ecosystem services in Sahelian village landscapes, she combined participatory methods and remote sensing to include local knowledge in ecosystem services assessment from the village to provincial scale, and to assess the change in generation of ecosystem services over time since the 1950s. As a part of her PhD thesis work, she conducted fieldwork in rural Burkina Faso for a total of six months in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

Sinare also holds a MSc degree in Soil and Water Management (2009) and a BSc degree in Biology (2008) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Her MSc thesis fieldwork looked at treatment of wastewater from small scale textile dyeing, and was conducted through a Minor Field Study scholarship from the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency in Bamako, Mali.

Sinare has been teaching on ecosystem services, drylands and water in courses at Stockholm Resilience Centre (Master’s programme and Urban Social-ecological systems) Department of Physical Geography (Ecosystem Service Management) and Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (Management of aquatic resources in the tropics), Stockholm University.

Sinare is a member of Focali (Forest, Climate & Livelihoods research network) and a member of the Agroforestry Network.

Awards and achievements:
• FORMAS Mobility grant (2017)

Publications by Sinare, Hanna