MSc theses

Online MSc theses successfully defended at Wageningen University

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  • MSc theses is a collection of electronic, publicly available MSc theses successfully defended at Wageningen University (WU).

    The collection consists mainly of master theses and some bachelor theses. PhD-theses from Wageningen University can be found at PhD theses.

    Subjects covered include Agrotechnology, Food and Food Production, Plant and Animal Sciences, Soil Science, Geo-information, Landscape and Spatial Planning, Water and Climate, Ecosystem Studies, Economics and Society.


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Deploying indicators to measure the impact of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt disease in Uganda [Student report]
Braber, Harmen den \ 2018
Analysis of nitrogen and water efficiencies of potato production in a field experiment in Hailar, Inner Mongolia, China [Student report]
Zhou, Xiaohan \ 2018
Analysing the effect of nitrogen fertilization management on recovery and physiological efficiency in maize: a meta-analysis [Student report]
Hermelink, Marleen \ 2018
Choices faced by researchers in pursuit of change [Student report]
Liempd, Sjoerd van \ 2018
Trade-off analysis of integrating legumes in East-African maize cropping systems : a meta-analysis on maize-common bean and maize-pigeon pea intercrop [Student report]
Ravensbergen, Paul \ 2018
Spatial and temporal analysis and explanation of potato variability [Student report]
Rasenberg, Rick \ 2018
Characterizing the variability of maize yield response to mineral fertilizer in Tanzanian smallholder systems [Student report]
Delaune, Thomas \ 2018
Pesticide use: crop management, yield and environmental impact on potato fields in the Netherlands [Student report]
Beltran Guzman, Vania Valeria \ 2018
The SAFERNAC model: evaluation, calibration and application for nutrient management in Rwandan coffee fields [Student report]
Theodosiadou, Elpida \ 2017
Environmental resource use as a source of food security for Ugandan smallholders, a case study in Nwoya district [Student report]
Taherkhani, Kamran \ 2017
How does Conservation Agriculture contribute to sustainable agricultural production systems? : a case study from the southeastern of Mexico: Frailesca region [Student report]
Vingerhoets, Pim \ 2017
Light and nutrient capture by common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and maize (Zea mays L.) in the Northern Highlands of Tanzania [Student report]
Thuijsman, Eva S. \ 2017
Conservation agriculture cannot transform Malawi agriculture [Student report]
Bouwman, Tristin \ 2017
Living with climate variability: an analysis of food availability and coping strategies amongst farm households in Uganda [Student report]
Oragbade, Christiana \ 2017
Smallholder oil palm : space for diversification? : WaNuLCAS model-based exploration of the environmental and economic impact of intercropping scenarios for Indonesian smallholders [Student report]
Stomph, Dienke \ 2017

This research aimed at challenging the assumption that oil palm is best suited to monoculture cultivation for smallholders in Indonesia, through a model-based exploration of the short- and long-term feasibility of a range of plot-level diversifications. The global palm oil production has increased over fourfold in the last two decades, by converting forests and agroforests into monocultures, under the assumption that monoculture oil palm cultivation is most productive. This deforestation caused biodiversity losses and environmental degradation and raised social, political and economic concerns. This study hypothesized that intercropping could serve as an integrative answer to several of these concerns. As intercropping can deliver agronomic, economic and environmental system improvements. Intercropping was explored through simulation of five scenarios in the Water, Nutrient and Light Capture model for Agroforestry Systems (WaNuLCAS) model. The 5 crops included were: cacao, rubber, cassava, groundnut and mucuna as a cover crop. The scenarios were simulated for a 25-year period, for four typical Indonesian oil palm weather and soil conditions. The prices of the farm inputs (e.g. seedlings, labour, fertilizers) and produce were based on those recorded for the Indonesian context. The intercropping scenarios were compared to the monoculture oil palm simulation based on 4 productivity and 6 environmental performance indicators. The model output was generated at plot-level and therewith ignores interactions intercropping could have at farm- or landscape level. The results showed that considerable economic and environmental system improvements can be achieved through intercropping. With the exception of returns to labour, all indicators showed that performance improvement was obtained. Compared to the monoculture, larger productivity per unit of land, and environmental performance improvements were predicted for all intercropping scenarios. Intercropping with cacao showed to obtain the largest net return to land, a 25% increase compared to the monoculture, and can serve as a risk coping strategy. Including annuals in the first years of oil palm cultivation resulted in the quickest investment recovery. Intercropping rubber performed poorly for the economic indicators, but achieved the largest environmental system improvement. It is therefore argued that diversification has a large potential to improve overall system performance at both plot- and landscape-level. To utilize this potential more insight in smallholders’ interest in diversification and suitable incentives to support diversification adoption by smallholder is required.

Assessing the economic and environmental impacts of land exchange on arable farms using a regional bio-economic model [Student report]
Nakasaka, Kohji \ 2016
Understanding drivers behind the implementation and adaptation of improved climbing bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.) technologies by smallholder farmers in Kapchorwa district, Eastern Uganda [Student report]
Reemst, Laurie van \ 2016
Evaluating Impacts and Analyzing factors determining food security and technology Innovation of the Agricultural Skills for You (AS4Y) project in West Nile sub-region, Uganda [Student report]
Wen, Lusha \ 2016
What comes out, must come in: macronutrient balance assessment of transitioning home garden systems in southern Ethiopia [Student report]
Galle, Nadine \ 2016
Yield gap analysis of cereals in Romania : causes and mitigation options [Student report]
Knol, Richard \ 2016
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