The Rural Sociology Group and Kyoto University maintain a close collaboration. Flora Sonkin, a MSc student at RSO, participates in a summer school and participated in field work near Kyoto this month. In this posts she shares her experiences.
I arrived in Kyoto, Japan a few days ago as a visitor for the FEAST project at RIHN (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature), and to join the Kyoto University Graduate Seminar on Sustainability Studies.
Being in Japan in autumn has a special effect on one’s senses. Feeling awakened by the warm yellow and red colors that paint the mountainous landscape, and by the fresh smell of fallen leaves and pine trees. On the first day of my visit, Mai Kobayashi (my host at the RIHN) took me to a Satoyama nearby RIHN, were a community-led forest management project is trying to regenerate a red pine forest – and hopefully matsutake mushrooms along with it. Continue reading
Eva de Groot wrote an essay about food forests and how this phenomenon is gaining momentum in the Dutch agriculture. In this blog she shares some of her findings. Continue reading
Participants discuss strategies to advance food sovereignty in Europe
Last week the second Nyeleni Europe forum for Food Sovereignty was held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The Forum brought together different delegations from European countries and beyond representing producers, consumers, NGOs and researchers involved in the Food Sovereignty movement. The Forum set out create new initiatives and ties among people in opposition to the dominant food paradigm. Continue reading
For the next week, 6 WUR students will be participating in the UN’s Committee for World Food Security (CFS) annual meeting as part of the official Social Media Team, an initiative coordinated by the CFS and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).
Their contributions will be posted here as well as on this blog.
If you are on Twitter, follow the meeting and the #CFS43 Social Media Team by following this list.
The CFS is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to FAO Conference.Using a multi-stakeholder, inclusive approach, CFS develops and endorses policy recommendations and guidance on a wide range of food security and nutrition topics.
Click here for more information about the 43rd session of the CFS. Continue reading
Mayan women in a concert of the Ma OGM campaign. Source maria Boa
August 18 María del Refugio Boa Alvarado successfully defended her MSc-thesis ‘Resistance in Action; Mobilization of Mayan beekeepers against GM soy: The case of the ‘Colectivo MA OGM‘ for the Master International Master in Rural Development. Below a post by Maria.
Are you interested on social movements? On Indigenous rights? On collectives and their practices? For years, many social scientists have been fascinated by the study of social movements and collective action. In my case, I am fascinated by the research of complex associations that frame and articulate their claims or grievances. Particularly, the processes of social transformation that have their grassroots within indigenous communities. Continue reading
A Local Action Group; source Matteo Metta
August 29 Matteo Metta has succesfully defended his MSc-thesis ‘From Good Will to Good Use: a critical analysis of the LEADER evaluation‘ for the Master International Master in Rural Development. Below a summary of the thesis. Continue reading
WUR students attending CFS negotiations in 2015
In October RSO will offer a 3 ECTS Capita Selecta course called Global Food Security: Linking theory and practice.
The course offers the opportunity for students to learn more about international food security governance through lectures, assignments, and by attending the annual meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome.
The schedule (subject to change) is:
- Tues Oct 11 17:30-19:30 Lecture- Introduction to Global Food Security Governance
- Thurs Oct 13 17:30-19:30 Lecture- Introduction to the Committee on World Food Security + potluck dinner
- Oct 15-22 Excursion to the CFS in Rome
- Nov 1st 17:30-19:30 Presentations of final assignments
Registration is limited and open to students with a proven interest in food security, international development, and/or global governance. Interested students should send a CV and letter of motivation to jessica.duncan (a) wur.nl
Please note students are expected to cover the costs of travel (airfair, accomodation (we will likely reserve a large apartment via AirBnB), and food). Student course coordinators are working to secure funding to help reduce these costs.
MSc-thesis by Katharina Prause, MOA student Wageningen University
June 2016 Katharina Prause completed her MSc-thesis for the Master of Organic Agriculture of Wageningen University. The full thesis is available here. Below an abstract of her thesis. Continue reading
The Opening of the Academic Year is fast approaching. Register now for an opportunity to discuss the future of innovation research with this year’s Keynote Speaker, Professor Calestous Juma (Harvard University) and Cees Leeuwis,Professor of Knowledge, Technology and Innovation (Wageningen University).
Date: Sunday September 4 2014
Location: Impulse (building number 115)
16:00 Welcome and Introduction by Dr Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
16: 10 Presentation by Prof Calestous Juma
16:30 Reflections by Prof Cees Leeuwis
16:40 Discussion moderator Dr Jessica Duncan
17:10 Closing remarks by Dr Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
17:15 -18:00 Drinks, snacks and meet and greet
Professor Calestous Juma- Keynote Speaker for Opening of the Academic Year 2016-2017