Upscaling innovations without giving it due thought can go badly wrong. PhD candidate Seerp Wigboldus appeals for responsible upscaling, in which the possible effects are calculated beforehand and then monitored.
Solutions to the world’s problems are usually sought in technology. Innovations are welcomed with open arms and rolled out on a large scale as quickly as possible, all in the interests of progress. But is that really so smart? No, says rural sociologist Seerp Wigboldus. In his thesis, To scale or not to scale – that is not the only question, which he will defend on 11 September, he seriously questions this approach.
Examples abound. Plastic packaging material was a fantastic invention. But it has now caused massive pollution all over the world. ‘Irrigating farmland in the Soviet Union led to th... Read more
Alban Singirankabo was offered a SEAD PhD scholarship at TU Delft, after a thorough selection process. As a lecturer at UR/CST-CGIS, with a Master from Twente ITC in Land Administration 2009-2011, Alban has already some experience from the Netherlands. He also knows Nuffic quite well since he was coordinator of a NICHE project implemented by ITC in Rwanda.
His research looks at the relations between land tenure security, agricultural productivity and food security. This is very relevant for the SEAD project. In particular, his research will assess the changes in agricultural productivity and ascertain their links with land tenure security and food security. Rwanda has been very successful in only 7 years to register all plots of land. Alban wants to find the reasons behind this success. His research will focus on plots and look at historical developments, linking plots to owners. To do this, the study will examine, archives, literature on land tenure and... Read more
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The teams from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands had a thorough look at the research proposals, curriculum vitae and motivation letters of each of the applicants. Both universities had made it very clear that personal qualifications of candidates would be of the utmost importance and therefore individual interviews with shortlisted candidates took place on 22 & 23 March. Shortlisted candidates included staff from INES Ruhengeri (3), UR/CBE (2), UR/CST (1), IPRC Kigali (1), IPRC South (2), IPRC East (1) and UR/CAVM (10). During these interviews, candidate... Read more
BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young researchers from all over the world. It was first launched in 2012, with the aim of rewarding the best ideas about food and sustainability.
The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.
The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. This year, a maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.
The research consortium consisting of International Development Studies (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), St. Mary’s University (Ethiopia), Solidaridad (the Netherlands, Ghana and Kenya) and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (the Netherlands and Ethiopia) has recently started a research project that aims to assess the effects of private agribusiness investments in African agriculture on local food security.
The research project has room to offer a 4-year scholarship to 1 PhD student to work on a research study that will focus on Kenya (and may include Ghana for comparative analysis).
Please find the full call for applications attached. Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 13.
The Management Studies (MST) Group at Wageningen University is seeking to fill an exciting “Sandwich PhD” position for a candidate in Uganda. The PhD student will contribute to the current debate on how the governance of multi-stakeholder innovation platforms influences - directly or indirectly through network, institutional or policy change – farmers’ and/or small businesses’ entrepreneurship along food supply chains. This is part of a broader project titled “Developing value chain innovation platforms to improve food security in East and Southern Africa” in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre and University of Adelaide.
The position will be full-time from September 2015 up to September 2019: the 1st year will be in Wageningen, the 2nd and 3rd year in Uganda (with possibility... Read more
Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the CGIAR Research Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics and other international partners are recruiting PhD students for their collaborative programme entitled: ‘Responsible Life-sciences Innovations for Development in the Digital Age’
For each of the five case studies below they are looking for 2 PhD students who will closely collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team. All PhD students will be supervised by both natural and social scientists.
• Case 1: a crop and disease management expert system in potato production in Ethiopia;
• Case 2: water monitoring and irrigation management for food production in Ghana;
• Case 3: a malaria mosquito radar as a digital citizen science platform in Rwanda;
• Case 4: tick-borne disease and livestock-wildlife manageme... Read more