Since 2004 Valentina Peveri has carried out fieldwork in Southern Ethiopia on the robust constitution of an indigenous plant and of the (women) farmers who cultivate it. Her goal as an anthropologist has been to explore the links between agriculture, natural resources, crop/livelihood choices, and food security; and especially to provide evidence of the role of gender in these relationships. In 2017, Prof. Peveri was awarded one of eight prestigious fellowships by the Wenner Gren Foundation for her research project entitled The Edible Gardens of Ethiopia. An Ethnographic Journey into Landscapes of Diversity and Hunger.
Member of several anthropological associations (EASA, IUAES, ICAF Europe), Peveri has been a consultant at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT); and the recipient of a Fulbright Research Scholarship which she spent at the African Studies Center, Boston University MA. The results of her previous research have been discussed during workshops and seminars at international level with contributions on topics such as farmer scientists and their environmental knowledge, commensality and agricultural change, food security and nation-building. Her latest research focuses on opening new lines of inquiry into the notion of culinary citizenship through the methods and perspectives of multi-species ethnography.