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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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Analysing the sources of inefficiency in the Malaysian dairy supply chain [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2019-11-05
Suhaimi, Nurul Aisyah Binti Mohd \ 2018
Water allocation under future climate change and socio-economic development : the case of Pearl River Basin [PhD thesis]
Yan, Dan \ 2017
water allocation - climatic change - socioeconomics - china
Water use in a heavily urbanized delta : scenarios and adaptation options for sectorial water use in the Pearl River Basin, China [PhD thesis]
Yao, Mingtian \ 2017
water use - water management - water resources - socioeconomics - salt water intrusion - water deficit - china
Agronomic and socioeconomic sustainability of farming systems : a case in Chencha, South Ethiopia [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2019-10-17
Dersseh, Waga Mazengia \ 2017
potatoes - solanum tuberosum - ethiopia - food security - farming systems - mixed farming - sustainability - optimization - efficiency - farm surveys - household surveys - socioeconomics - self sufficiency - profits - training - agronomic characteristics - productivity - soil fertility - rotation - animal feeding - improved varieties - inorganic fertilizers
Quantifying the impact of socioeconomic development and climate change on Escherichia coli concentrations in the Pakistani Kabul River [PhD thesis]
Iqbal, Muhammad Shahid \ 2017
escherichia coli - rivers - climatic change - socioeconomics - water quality - regression analysis - water pollution - health
The Mekong's future flows : quantifying hydrological changes and developing adaptation options [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2020-04-12
Hoang, Long Phi \ 2017
hydrology - mekong river - modeling - climatic change - socioeconomics - water resources - water use - south east asia
The citizen goes shopping : a framework for the assessment and optimization of production from the perspective of society [PhD thesis]
Michalopoulos, Tassos \ 2016
food production - food ethics - labelling - consumer behaviour - consumer preferences - optimization - consumer information - philosophy - political attitudes - animal production - animal ethics - cattle - dairy cattle
Biofuel production in Vietnam : greenhouse gas emissions and socioeconomic impacts [PhD thesis]
Le Thanh, Loan \ 2016
biofuels - greenhouse gases - environmental economics - emission - socioeconomics - fuels - natural resources - vietnam

The overall objective of this thesis is to study the energy efficiency, GHG emission savings, and the economic viability of biofuels as energy for transportation and to examine the impacts of biofuel policies on food production, welfare, and emission in Vietnam.

An integrated ecosystem model for coral reef management where oceanography, ecology and socio-economics meet [PhD thesis]
Weijerman, M. \ 2015
coral reefs - environmental management - aquatic ecosystems - aquatic ecology - oceanography - models - ecosystems - socioeconomics
Socioeconomic differences in micronutrient intake and status in Europe [PhD thesis]
Novaković, R. \ 2013
trace elements - nutrient intake - nutritional state - socioeconomics - socioeconomic status - europe - vitamins
Foot disorders in dairy cattle : a socio-economic approach to improve dairy cow welfare [PhD thesis]
Bruijnis, M. \ 2012
dairy cattle - dairy cows - foot diseases - animal welfare - animal health - socioeconomics - simulation models - losses - longevity - dairy farming

Klauwaandoeningen en de kreupelheid die daardoor ontstaat zijn een belangrijk probleem in de huidige melkveehouderij. Op basis van de incidentie, duur en ernst van klauwaandoeningen, worden ze aangemerkt als het belangrijkste welzijnsprobleem. Ondanks dat er veel kennis is over de klauwaandoeningen en de risicofactoren, is het probleem nog niet afgenomen. Bovendien onderschatten melkveehouders de grootte van het probleem van klauwaandoeningen, evenals de relatie met kreupelheid.

Public and private service provision of solid waste management in Kampala, Uganda [PhD thesis]
Katusiimeh, M.W. \ 2012
waste management - solid wastes - waste disposal - uganda - environmental policy - public services - services - africa - cost effectiveness analysis - socioeconomics
Dangerous assumptions : the agroecology and ethnobiology of traditional polyculture cassava systems in rural Cameroon and implications of green revolution technologies for sustainability, food security, and rural welfare [PhD thesis]
Ntumngia, R.N. \ 2010
development studies - rural development - rural women - farming systems - cropping systems - multiple cropping - cassava - green revolution - sustainability - food security - rural welfare - cameroon - francophone africa - developing countries - central africa - acp countries - high yielding varieties - ethnobotany - agroecology - livelihoods
Gender, AIDS and food security : culture and vulnerability in rural Côte d'Ivoire [PhD thesis]
Maiga, M. \ 2010
acquired immune deficiency syndrome - food security - culture - rural women - sociology - female labour - rural population - socioeconomics - kinship - relationships - cote d'ivoire - africa - gender - livelihood strategies
Petén: ¿la última frontera? : la construction social de una región [PhD thesis]
Hurtado Paz y Paz, M. \ 2010
rural sociology - rural development - social change - development projects - socioeconomics - local population - social classes - migration - government policy - migrants - guatemala - developing countries - central america - social conflict - relations between people and state - livelihood strategies
Efficacy of micro-financing women's activities in Côte d'Ivoire : evidence from rural areas and HIV/AIDS-affected women [PhD thesis]
Fofana, N.B. \ 2010
development studies - women - rural women - hiv infections - human immunodeficiency viruses - acquired immune deficiency syndrome - public health - socioeconomics - rural areas - empowerment - finance - credit - cooperative credit - cote d'ivoire - west africa - developing countries - microfinance
Economic analyses of maize storage innovations in southern Benin [PhD thesis]
Adegbola, P.Y. \ 2010
agricultural economics - economic analysis - innovations - maize - farm storage - Benin - perception - innovation adoption - postharvest treatment - farmers' attitudes
Milking drylands : gender networks, pastoral markets and food security in stateless Somalia [PhD thesis]
Nori, M. \ 2010
sociology - pastoralism - pastoral society - livestock farming - camel milk - dromedaries - milk - milk production - socioeconomics - market milk - milk marketing - food security - development - resource management - east africa - least developed countries - somalia - women - state - gender - networks - livelihood strategies - governance

The Milking Drylands research initiative addresses the critical issues of food security, market integration, gender roles and governance matters in a peculiar area of the world, the Somali ecosystem. The research aims at exploring interesting dynamics of ongoing social change, in order to stimulate appropriate understanding of complex pastoral economics and provide options for sensitive interventions. More specifically camel milk marketing is a developing women enterprise in Somali drylands, aimed at ensuring food security, generating some income and providing a buffer to cope with critical situations. Within a livelihood perspective socio-economic processes related to camel milk commoditization are investigated, in order to assess the relevance of existing embedding institutions on the construction of pastoral markets, with a special concern for the relevance of gender roles, state control and governance.

Genetic diversity for sustainable rice blast management in China: adoption and impact [PhD thesis]
Revilla-Molina, I.M. \ 2009
oryza - rice - magnaporthe grisea - plant disease control - genetic diversity - interplanting - crop production - varieties - cropping systems - yunnan - china
Fragmented lives: reconstructing rural livelihoods in post-genocide Rwanda [PhD thesis]
Koster, M. \ 2008
rural development - households - household income - war - conflict - sociology - socioeconomics - rural areas - rural population - household consumption - subsistence farming - agriculture - poverty - rural women - woman's status - ethnic groups - rwanda - livelihoods - livelihood strategies - social capital - gender

During the genocide in Rwanda (1994) nearly a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed and millions of people were displaced. Since 2002, social scientist Marian Koster has regularly visited the country for her PhD-research at Wageningen University. Her study centred on the strategies that households in the northeast of Rwanda use to secure their livelihoods. During her visits to Rwanda, Koster was told that the poorest and most vulnerable households consist of those headed by women, and specifically those headed by widows. However, her research clearly indicates that this is not the case and that widowed heads of households perform much better than is generally assumed. This has important consequences for development interventions which, in an attempt to reach the poorest of the poor, continue to target widows. Koster’s research also shows that many new laws and policies, meant to increase land tenure security and agricultural production, are counterproductive and directly undermine poor people’s livelihood strategies.

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