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    This database contains bibliographic descriptions of all Wageningen University PhD theses from 1920 onwards. It is updated on a daily basis by WUR Library.

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‘Force of Nature’ : climate shocks, food crises and conflict in Colonial Africa and Asia, 1880-1960 [PhD thesis]
Papaioannou, Kostadis J. \ 2017
climatic change - environmental degradation - environmental impact - agricultural development - agriculture - agriculture and environment - historical ecology - history - colonialism - colonization - africa - asia - nigeria - rainfed agriculture - rain
Farmers' perception of opportunities for farm development [PhD thesis]
Methorst, Ron \ 2016
farm development - perception - agriculture - entrepreneurship - case studies - sociology
Environmental governance of pesticides in Ethiopian vegetable and cut flower production [PhD thesis]
Mengistie, Belay Tizazu \ 2016
pesticides - policy - ethiopia - private sector - supply chain management - agriculture - vegetables - cut flowers - environmental protection
On the evolution of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus [PhD thesis]
Zhang, Jianhua \ 2016
aspergillus fumigatus - azoles - triazoles - aspergillosis - resistance - life cycle - asexual reproduction - sexual reproduction - experimental evolution - evolutionary genetics - agriculture - composting - medicine
Is sustainable development of semi-subsistence mixed crop-livestock systems possible? : an integrated assessment of Machakos, Kenya [PhD thesis]
Valdivia, Roberto O. \ 2016
sustainable development - development economics - livestock - cash crops - agriculture - mixed farming - development policy - policy - rural areas - poverty - farming - kenya - east africa
Trajectories of agricultural change in southern Mali [PhD thesis]
Falconnier, Gatien Noël \ 2016
agriculture - agricultural development - farms - classification - self sufficiency - food - income - intensification - farming systems - intensive production - mali
Integrated assessment of farm level adaptation to climate change in agriculture : an application to Flevoland, The Netherlands [PhD thesis]
Mandryk, Maryia \ 2016
climate adaptation - climatic change - agriculture - farm structure - farming systems - future
Resilience of Amazonian landscapes to agricultural intensification [PhD thesis]
Jakovac, C.C. \ 2015
landscape - landscape ecology - resilience of nature - intensification - agriculture - land use - forest ecology - amazonia
Organising trade : a practice-oriented analysis of cooperatives and networks trading cereals in South Mali [PhD thesis]
Mangnus, E. \ 2015
cooperatives - food cooperatives - cereals - trade - cotton - history - rural areas - agriculture - agricultural trade - mali - west africa
People, soil and manioc interactions in the upper Amazon region [PhD thesis]
Peña Venegas, C.P. \ 2015
soil - agriculture - indigenous knowledge - soil types (anthropogenic) - indigenous people - ecosystems - cassava - manihot - diversity - human impact - amazonia
Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) in Calabria : a sociological exploration of interaction dynamics [PhD thesis]
D’Amico, S. \ 2015
food - social networks - communities - food supply - food groups - consumers - participation - farmers - markets - agriculture - calabria - italy
Quantifying relationships between governance, agriculture, and nature: empirical-statistical-and pattern-oriented modeling [PhD thesis]
Mandemaker, M. \ 2014
agriculture - governance - nature - modeling - models - land use - statistics
Effective stakeholder involvement in agri-food governance and policy development [PhD thesis]
Wentholt, M.T.A. \ 2014
food policy - agricultural policy - food - governance - policy - risk - stakeholders - experts - agriculture - delphi method

The aim of this thesis is to develop insight into optimal expert involvement practice within the agri-food governance and policy making domain. Following a systematic review of the published literature, it was determined that Delphi methodology appeared to be appropriate to elicit expert opinion and gather evidence in the complex policy domain associated with risk, food and agriculture. To this end, three Delphi studies in agri-food policy development were conducted.

Social capital, agricultural innovation and the evaluation of agricultural development initiatives [PhD thesis]
Rijn, F.C. van \ 2014
development economics - social capital - agricultural development - rural development - innovations - africa south of sahara - institutional economics - rwanda - uganda - congo democratic republic - agriculture - social networks - economic development
Conservation in a crowded place : forest and people on Mount Elgon Uganda [PhD thesis]
Sassen, M. \ 2014
forests - agriculture - fuelwood - timbers - nature conservation - nature management - canopy - disturbed forests - biomass - biodiversity - east africa - uganda
Feminization of agricultural production in rural China : a sociological analysis [PhD thesis]
Meng, X. \ 2014
female labour - agricultural production - rural women - family farms - feminism - sociology - gender - gender relations - woman's status - emancipation of women - women - agriculture - rural development - china

Rural-urban migration of male labour force is an unstoppable process in China. Although some women also migrate to work in cities, most of these women return to the villages after marriage. They need to take care of the children and the family and to work on their smallholder farms. In general, women‟s labour participation in agriculture has increased due to the migration of the male labourers and they have become the main labour force in smallholder agriculture. This thesis is a sociological analysis on the impact of this change on the situation of these women and on smallholder agriculture from the women‟s perspective.

Unravelling the role of innovation intermediaries in smallholder agricultural development: case studies from Kenya [PhD thesis]
Kilelu, C.W. \ 2013
innovations - agriculture - farmers - agricultural development - small farms - innovation adoption - agricultural sector - farming systems - dairy farming - kenya

Understanding agricultural innovation processes and recognizing the potential for catalysing them is crucial for many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), including Kenya. This is because the smallholder dominated agricultural sector remains critical to realizing economic growth and poverty reduction goals. There is a growing focus in agricultural innovation studies on understanding how innovation processes are orchestrated and particularly the role of innovation intermediaries that have emerged as specialised actors that support such processes.

Probabilistic methods for robotics in agriculture [PhD thesis]
Hiremath, S. \ 2013
automation - robots - agriculture - image analysis - bayesian theory - navigation - modeling
Tailoring agroforestry technologies to the diversity of Rwandan smallholder agriculture [PhD thesis]
Bucagu, C. \ 2013
agroforestry - food security - agriculture - small farms - food production - farming systems - fertilizers - africa south of sahara
Problems and opportunities of wetland management in Rwanda [PhD thesis]
Nabahungu, N.L. \ 2012
wetlands - agriculture - farming - crop production - nutrients - nitrogen fixation - livelihoods - rwanda
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