DITSL and the University of Kassel annonce MSc fieldwork funding on the on the 3 topics:

  1. » “Assessing the feasibility of organic certification of livestock kept by pastoralists in northern Kenya”
  2. » “Building capacity of women’s groups to process underutilized species in West Africa”
  3. » “Collaborative learning in the maize value chain in Kenya to reduce aflatoxin risk

“Assessing the feasibility of organic certification of livestock kept by pastoralists in northern Kenya”
Framework: The study is part of the project “Value chain development through branding pastoralists’ smallstock in Marsabit County, Kenya” funded by the Christensen Fund. The Center for Research and Development in Drylands (CRDD) in Marsabit, Kenya is the Kenyan project partner.
Content: The MSc student will initialise a co-inquiry process together with pastoralists and other stakeholders to determine how requirements for organic certification of pastoral livestock and requirements for group certification can be met. These activities profit from our contacts with about 100 pastoral community groups in the Rendille area that engage in livestock keeping and trade.
Timing: Thesis preparation: Preferably 15 of May – 30 of June, 2019; Fieldwork in Kenya: Preferably July to September 2019
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“Building capacity of women’s groups to process underutilized species in West Africa”
Framework: This Master’s thesis fieldwork will contribute to a work-package led by DITSL focused on the “Development of innovative capacity building strategies to support women’s group processing businesses” within a three-year project, “Decentralized postharvest processing of underutilized species into innovative value added products for improved food and nutrition security in West Africa”, UPGRADE Plus, funded (2018-2020) by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BLE)
Content: The MSc student will initiate participatory monitoring and evaluation activities to build problem-solving capacity among women’s groups to support them in creating more viable and sustainable businesses focused on the processing of crops such as locust bean, orange-fleshed sweet potato and cocoyam, among other examples.
Timing: Thesis preparation: Preferably July to September, 2019; Fieldwork in Ghana: Preferably October to December 2019
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“Collaborative learning in the maize value chain in Kenya to reduce aflatoxin risk”
Framework: Part of the Volkswagon Foundation initiative, “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa: Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change” this Master’s fieldwork will contribute to a project, “Empowering Jua Kali to combat mycotoxins in Kenya’s maize supplies: A participatory design approach with transdisciplinary knowledge integration”
Content: The MSc student will facilitate a collaborative learning process among diverse actors of the maize value chain, including farmers and Jua Kali (informal artisans and craftworkers), among others, with the goal of matching social and technical innovations to reduce mycotoxin contamination and improve incomes.
Timing: Thesis preparation: Preferably July to September, 2019; Fieldwork in Kenya: Preferably October to December 2019
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