Food production systems around the globe, and in Missouri particularly, are changing rapidly, according to Pedro Dozi, PhD, who was a Mizzou Advantage – Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri in 2010-2011.
“Understanding factors influencing the economic integration of labor is crucial to understanding the ever changing dynamics of the food processing sector,” according to Pedro. These factors would potentially impact Missouri because food processing is a major part of much of rural Missouri’s economic livelihood.
Pedro’s dissertation research covered the well-being of food processing workers, so his appointment as a Mizzou Advantage fellow in the Food for the Future interdisciplinary area gave Pedro an opportunity to advance his research further.
“My dissertation research relates in two ways: (a) it touches on issues of workforce development and income earnings of food processing workers, and (b) it assesses how these workers access resources which would make them productive members of the community, thus making rural areas sustainable in the long run,” said Pedro.
Previous awards for Pedro include being named a Fulbright Scholar, and the most outstanding graduate student in the agricultural and applied economics department.
Pedro, from Luanda, Angola, has a long-range goal of researching and developing a solid understanding of socio-economic development issues, and to be able to teach those issues to aspiring practitioners.
Following his tenure as a Mizzou Advantage Postdoctoral Fellow, Pedro accepted an Assistant Professor postion with the Department of Economics at the Universidade Agostinho Neto, the main university in Angola. In 2012 he also began work as a senior advisor in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.