In 2018, the University of Western Australia (UWA) will be working with the Western Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (WAFMA) to develop new research on the importance of farmers’ markets for regional development.
The research project will focus on the reasons why food producers choose to sell at farmers’ markets. This will include identifying the economic and social drivers and constraints for participation in farmers’ markets, the potential multiplier effects for regional agribusinesses, and may include a short survey of farmers’ market consumers.
Ms Helena Shojaei, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student, has been awarded a prestigious UWA Agribusiness Connect Honours/Masters Regional Research Scholarship to help finance this research. The scholarship is funded by the Government of Western Australia’s Royalties for Region program. Ms Shojaei has recently finished a double major in agricultural science, and human geography and planning.
The project will be supervised by Dr Natasha Paull and Prof Fiona Haslam McKenzie of the School of Agriculture and Environment and Centre for Regional Development, UWA.
More details: Jenny Payet M: 0457 340 736
Meet researcher Helena Shojaei