Arlindo Fortes is a Ph.D. candidate in Development Studies of Lisbon School of Economics and Management (University of Lisbon). He has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of the University of Lisbon (2007). In 2009 he obtained a Postgraduate Degree in African Studies and Development from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Development from the Lisbon School of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon (2011). He participated in several international research projects as an associate researcher and has several publications within book chapters, and articles in international magazines. He is a Assistant Professor at the University of Cabo Verde where he was a member of the board of directors and coordinator of the undergraduate courses at the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He also has professional experience in cooperation programs for international development, having worked in Timor-Leste on the Portuguese cooperation development projects. His research is focused on political economy, agrarian economy, agrarian change and rural transformation, agrarian and rural development, public policies, and food security. The master's thesis received scientific and academic distinction within the scope of the 2nd Edition of the National Research Award for Local Development of the Ministry of the Environment of Cabo Verde.