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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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Drivers and barriers to the adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Technologies by smallholder farmers in South Africa: the role of technology characteristics and business models [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2021-03-04
Senyolo, Mmapatla Precious \ 2020
Unravelling the diversity and distribution of the soybean rust fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi in East Africa [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2021-02-25
Murithi, Harun Muthuri \ 2019
An anatomy of colonial states and fiscal regimes in Portuguese Africa : long-term transformations in Angola and Mozambique, 1850s-1970s [PhD thesis]
Alexopoulou, Kleoniki \ 2018
The facilitative role of trees in tree-grass interactions in savannas [PhD thesis]
Priyadarshini, K.V.R. \ 2016
plant interaction - trees - grasses - savannas - ecosystems - ecology
The bulldozer herbivore: how animals benefit from elephant modifying an African savanna [PhD thesis]
Kohi, E.M. \ 2013
herbivores - loxodonta africana - browsing - feeding habits - habitats - animal behaviour - animal ecology - savannas - africa
Landscapes of deracialization : power, brokerage and place-making on a South African frontier [PhD thesis]
Van Leynseele, Y.P.B. \ 2013
land reform - land rights - communities - land ownership - land diversion - land use - racial discrimination - rural development - rural sociology - limpopo - south africa

This thesis deals with the politicized struggles for land in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. With land having been an essential part of colonial and apartheid segregation policies and practice – with 87% of land appropriated by whites –, a land reform programme was imperative after the African National Congress came to power in 1994. One of the three branches of the land reform programme, land restitution, is a key focus of this thesis. It is particular in its goal to do justice to victims of past land dispossessions who lost land rights as result of racially-discriminatory laws by compensating them for this past loss of land and livelihoods. Where compensation for lost rights involves the government buying and redistributing land to groups with historical rights to land, such land deals present particular challenges around the ideal of restorative justice and what is means to ‘bring the past into the present’.

Living on the edge: physiological and behavioural plasticity of African antelopes along a climatic gradient [PhD thesis]
Shrestha, A.K. \ 2012
antelopes - taurotragus oryx - connochaetes taurinus - aepyceros melampus - climatic change - microclimate - animal behaviour - thermoregulation - microhabitats - heat stress - adaptation physiology
Elephants of democracy : an unfolding process of resettlement in the Limpopo National Park [PhD thesis]
Milgroom, J. \ 2012
national parks - nature conservation - development projects - politics - nature conservation policy - wildlife conservation - influences - indigenous people - resettlement - south africa - zimbabwe - mozambique

The proposed paper will focus on the process of displacement taking place in the context of the creation of the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. This park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which also includes the Kruger National Park (South Africa) and Gonarezhou National Park (Zimbabwe). The creation of the Limpopo National Park – which involved the translocation of more than 3000 animals from Kruger park to Limpopo park, including more than a hundred elephants – is strongly associated by some local residents with political developments following the cease-fire in 1992 and the increased regional cooperation since South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994. The paper will describe how the establishment of the larger transfrontier park resulted in pressure on the Mozambican government to favour the model of a national park over other conservation options that might have better accommodated the interests of local communities. About 26 000 people are currently living in the Limpopo National Park; about 6000 of whom are in the process of being resettled to an area southeast of the park. The Mozambican government and donors funding the creation of the park have maintained that no forced relocation will take place. However, the pressure created by restrictions on livelihood strategies resulting from park regulations, and the increased presence of wildlife has forced some communities to ‘accept’ the resettlement option. The paper will describe the negotiation process about alternative locations and compensation packages for the communities to be resettled, involving park officials, local and international NGOs, and communities. An analysis will be presented of the power struggles between those parties, but also of the internal contradictions and conflicts that each of the parties experience. Furthermore, an often neglected aspect will be explored, namely that of the possible consequences of resettlement for the hosting communities outside of the park

Evaluating land use options at the wildlife/livestock interface: an integrated spatial land use analysis [PhD thesis]
Chaminuka, P. \ 2012
wildlife - livestock - cattle - land use - rural communities - ecotourism - livelihoods
The genus Gloriosa (Colchicaceae) : ethnobotany, phylogeny and taxonomy [PhD thesis]
Maroyi, A. \ 2012
gloriosa - taxonomy - phylogeny - ethnobotany - seeds - plant composition - tubers - colchicine - economic botany
Cooperation or competition : dilemma for resource managers in sustainable wildlife utilisation [PhD thesis]
Mwakiwa, E. \ 2011
wildlife management - private ownership - land ownership - modeling - loxodonta africana - savannas - land productivity - nature reserves - national parks - south africa
Vulnerability and resilience of competing land-based livelihoods in south eastern Zimbabwe [PhD thesis]
Murungweni, C. \ 2011
livelihoods - sustainability - drought - integrated systems - rural development - animal feeding - neorautanenia amboensis - zimbabwe
Living and care arrangements of non-urban households in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the context of HIV and AIDS [PhD thesis]
Du Preez, C.J. \ 2011
agricultural households - rural areas - hiv infections - acquired immune deficiency syndrome - illness - sociology - care - gender - livelihoods - south africa - southern africa
Nutrients in an African Savanna: the consequences of supply heterogeneity for plants and animals [PhD thesis]
Waal, C. van der \ 2010
nutrients - soil fertility - heterogeneity - savannas - trees - grasses - biological competition - herbivores - grazing - browsing - foraging - vegetation - semiarid zones - scaling - nutrient availability - south africa
Beyond the here and now : herbivore ecology in a spatial-temporal context [PhD thesis]
Knegt, H.J. de \ 2010
herbivores - loxodonta africana - ecology - vegetation - patterns - habitat selection - habitats - animal ecology - environment - africa
Evaluation of dietary diversity scores for assessment of micronutrient intake and food security in developing countries [PhD thesis]
Kennedy, G.L. \ 2009
trace elements - trace element deficiencies - mineral deficiencies - food security - nutrient intake - diet - developing countries
Understanding landscape dynamics over thousand years : combining field and model work : with case study in the Drakensberg foothill, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa [PhD thesis]
Temme, A.J.A.M. \ 2008
landscape - landforms - geomorphology - geology - physical geography - dynamics - change - mathematical models - simulation models - geographical information systems
A journey without maps: towards sustainable subsistence agriculture in South Africa [PhD thesis]
Adey, S. \ 2007
development - sociology - participation - technical progress - subsistence farming - sustainability - rural development - soil fertility - economic development - social development - institutions - crafts - natural resources - resource management - home gardens - homesteading - south africa - livelihood strategies - soil fertility management
Water, stakeholders and common ground : challenges for multi-stakeholder platforms in water resource management in South Africa [PhD thesis]
Simpungwe, E. \ 2006
water management - water policy - water supply - water quality - water resources - natural resources - floods - disasters - participation - south africa
Phylogeny and taxonomy of Phaeoacremonium and its relatives [PhD thesis]
Mostert, L. \ 2006
diaporthales - pezizomycotina - deuteromycotina - phylogeny - taxonomy - keys - phaeohyphomycosis - human diseases - medical mycology - plant pathogenic fungi
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