The call for applications for doctoral research under the AgTraIn
(Agricultural Transformation by Innovation) programme has opened. The
research topics for this year are:
1.. Analysis and modeling of interactions between small-scale dairy
farmers and dairy processors in an Andean valley (Mantaro, Peru)
2.. Assessing and exploiting the biocontrol potential of contrasting
landscapes for ecologically sound production chains.
3.. Biogas digestate recycling as crop fertilizer - impacts on crop
production, livelihood and environment quality.
4.. Cassava virus pandemic in East/Central Africa and the role of vector
5.. Dynamics of multi-stakeholder innovation processes.
6.. Effects of irrigation and fertilization strategies on water and
nutrients use efficiency and carbon retention in the soil-plant system.
7.. Environmental efficiencies and controversies: Yield intensification in
oil palm production systems of South-east Asia.
8.. Exploring multi-scale synergies and trade-offs among productivity,
biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in agroforestry systems.
9.. For a sustainable family agriculture in the former homelands of South
Africa: What are the perspectives through eco-agriculture?
10.. Highland banana in Ugandan Farming Systems - Opportunities for
Ecological Intensification. Recognizing the capacity of farmers to innovate
in the face of local and global environmental risks.
11.. Integration of youth into African smallholding agriculture:
challenges, impact and prospects of changing conditions.
12.. Potential of carbon sequestering landscapes as climate change
mitigation and productivity enhancing intervention.
13.. Potential of household farming systems to improve family food
security in the high Andean regions.
14.. Recognizing the capacity of farmers to innovate in the face of local
and global environment risks.
15.. Recycling of urban solid wastes for local production of vegetables.
16.. Role of Local Knowledge in multi-stakeholder innovation processes.
17.. Modeling interactions between water management, farm management and
agri-food supply chains management at scheme level. Case study in Morocco.
18.. The economic and social impacts of microfinance services in
agribusiness development for small and medium-sized enterprise in developing
19.. The potential of Producers Organisations to ensure sustainable and
equitable coffee production.
20.. Unlacing creativity for agribusiness development: designing, testing
and evaluating soft technologies for Small and Medium-sized enterprise
innovation in developing economies.
21.. Plant secondary compounds in small ruminant feeding: an alternative
to drugs for improving animal metabolic state and product quality in low
input farming systems.
22.. Agrobusiness incubators for development.
You will note that there are several on innovation systems and the knowledge
and creativity of smallholders, including youth.
Please go to the webite www.agtrain.eu for more information about the
research topics and the application procedures and details about
The deadline for applications is 22 November 2010, so don't wait. There will
be only 10 scholarships this year, so competition will be fierce.