The Research Fellowship has been awarded to the best research project proposal submitted in Portuguese, for young people up to 30 years. The award of this scholarship offers a young researcher the possibility to collaborate with the Estoril Conferences.

The Research Fellowship 2009 was endorsed to Fernando Sousa for the project - Food security and global trade: the case of cashew monoculture in Guinea-Bissau – for its relevance, originality, scientific consistency and proper insertion in the spirit of the Estoril Conferences.

The theme of the project, which seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the complex relationships between food security and global trade has undeniable relevance in the current international context in which the global challenges related to food and to the definition of a more balanced and fair world trade of agricultural products gained great visibility following the 2008 food crisis and blocking the Doha round around the impasse on agriculture.
The originality of the project lies especially in the interesting and innovative way how it articulates the global and local dimensions, from the experience of a small rural community in Guinea-Bissau and the analysis of its implications of the cashew monoculture, reflecting a main concern center of the Estoril Conferences.

Fernando Sousa has a degree in Environmental Biology from the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University and is completing a Masters in Conservation Biology.