Renard, born in Belgium
is professor and researcher at the Department of Rural Sociology of Chapingo
University in Mexico.
She is sociologist from the University of
Louvain in Belgium, studied a Master degree in Social Anthropology in the
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Ph.D. in Rural Studies
(Sociology) at the University of Toulouse le-Mirail in
She has carried out research on peasants and
Indian movements in Chiapas, on the coffee commodity chain and market, on
quality certification in agrofood and on Fair Trade: her Ph.D. dissertation
(“the interstices of globalization: al label (Max Havelaar) for the small
coffee producers”) is a pioneer work on Fair Trade. Currently she is working on
the mainstreaming of Fair Trade and quality certified products and governance
in the agrofood system.