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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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A comprehensive assessment of agriculture in lowlands of south Brazil: characterization and comparison of current and alternative concepts [PhD thesis]
Theisen, Giovani \ 2017
cropping systems - farming systems - crop management - lowland areas - wetlands - pampas - brazil - intensification - sustainability - productivity - indicators - soil management - rice - flooded rice - oryza sativa - maize - zea mays - glycine max - cover crops - livestock - rotation - mixed farming - seedbed preparation - farm machinery
It depends: effects of soil organic matter in aboveground-belowground interactions in agro-ecosystems [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2019-09-13
Gils, Stijn Herman van \ 2017
soil organic matter - agroecosystems - aphidoidea - fertilizers - wheat - rape - crop yield - ecosystem services - nutrient availability - pest control - organic farming
Sustainable development of agriculture: contribution of farm-level assessment tools [PhD thesis]
Olde, Evelien de \ 2017
sustainable agriculture - sustainability - sustainability indicators - sustainability criteria - assessment - tools - reliability - validity - farming systems
Modelling of ammonia volatilisation in fertilised and flooded rice systems [PhD thesis]
Khairudin, Nurulhuda \ 2017
oryza - flooded rice - ammonia - volatilization - modeling - dynamic modeling - flooded land - nitrogen
Farmers' perception of opportunities for farm development [PhD thesis]
Methorst, Ron \ 2016
farm development - perception - agriculture - entrepreneurship - case studies - sociology
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
Flexibility in land and water use for coping with rainfall variability [PhD thesis]
Siderius, Christian \ 2015
rain - land use - water use - climatic change - food production - sustainable agriculture - irrigation - rainfed agriculture
Anthropogenic soils in central Amazonia: farmers’ practices, agrobiodiversity and land-use patterns [PhD thesis]
Braga Junqueira, A. \ 2015
anthropogenic horizons - soil - agroecology - biodiversity - land use - shifting cultivation - intensification - diversification - amazonia
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
Contesting control : land and forest in the struggle for Loita Maasai self-government in Kenya [PhD thesis]
Kronenburg García, A. \ 2015
land use - autonomy - rural communities - land rights - forest ownership - forest administration - governance - leadership - tenure systems - government - state - intervention - kenya
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
Land use and land cover dynamics in the Brazilian Amazon: understanding human-environmental interactions [PhD thesis]
Souza Soler, L. de \ 2014
land use dynamics - deforestation - amazonas - brazil - remote sensing
Governance of global organic agro-food networks from Africa [PhD thesis]
Glin, L.C. \ 2014
organic farming - commodities - networks - cooperation - environmental policy - commodity markets - policy - africa
Labelling the origin of food products: towards sustainable territorial development? [PhD thesis]
López Moreno, I. \ 2014
transition economies - food production - farming systems - food products - provenance - nutrition labeling - quality labelling - farming - sustainable development - rural areas - europe

The transition from domestic to market economy in rural areas of Europe is an ongoing process that affect and is affected by local and global dynamics. The outcome of this process is unique, but if we analyse and compare each case, it is possible to find patterns and common tendencies. This book highlights the unique and common elements of these transitions, and in order to do so, it takes as reference one case from the south of Europe, the attempt to achieve a PDO certification for local cured sheep cheese, and other from Western Europe, the design and unfold of a Regional Label for local lamb meat. The thesis of this book underline is the existence of a “quality turn” in Europe, and analyse how Origin Food Labels can instruments to institutionalise new forms of co-production and co-evolution that enhance sustainable territorial development. At the same time, the ethnographic nature of this research highlights that these are controversial and political processes, where local and non-local actors with different interests find each other and try to unfold their own projects. The use of a comparative strategy highlights how these transitions are influenced by local institutional frameworks and cultural patterns, but it also shows how collective action can change them.

Vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and change in smallholder farming systems in Zimbabwe [PhD thesis]
Rurinda, J. \ 2014
climatic change - small farms - farming systems - climate adaptation - adaptation - climate - crop yield - zimbabwe
Gaming and simulation to explore resilience of contested agricultural landscapes [PhD thesis]
Speelman, E.N. \ 2014
farming systems - gaming simulation - computer simulation - land use - landscape
Panarchy rules? : rethinking resilience of agroecosystems [PhD thesis]
Apeldoorn, D.F. van \ 2014
agroecosystems - sustainability - farming systems - soil organic matter - mathematical models - systems analysis - netherlands - zimbabwe
Mapping and modelling the effects of land use and land management change on ecosystem services from local ecosystems and landscapes to global biomes [PhD thesis]
Petz, K. \ 2014
ecosystem services - ecosystems - land use - land management - mapping - modeling - rangelands - grazing - noord-brabant - south africa

Herstel en duurzaam beheer van biodiversiteit en ecosysteemdiensten worden steeds meer geïntegreerd in nationaal en internationaal beleid. In dit proefschrift wordt een methodologie ontwikkeld voor de kwantificering van effecten van landmanagement op de ruimtelijke verspreiding van ecosysteemdiensten, zodat de door landmanagement veroorzaakte trade-offs tussen ecosysteemdiensten bepaald kunnen worden voor zowel lokale ecosystemen en landschappen als regionale en mondiale biomen. Een groot aantal ecosysteemdiensten zijn bestudeerd. De karterings- en modelleringsmethoden zijn toegepast en gecombineerd met scenario-analyse in de Nederlandse en Zuid-Afrikaanse studies. Voor Nederland is het landschap van Het Groene Woud bestudeerd.

Modelling regional land use: the quest for the appropriate method [PhD thesis]
Soltani Largani, A. \ 2013
land use - modeling - crop yield - potatoes - winter wheat - crop growth models
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