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New saving possibilities to empower women and youth in rural Rwanda: a story about bridging theory and practice

By Christine and Chantal, Being able to put one’s research results into action offers a great opportunity. On the one hand (the challenging one), it provides new working experiences for researchers, while, on the other hand (the more important one), … Continue reading

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Opportunities and challenge for ongoing commercialization of high value agriculture in Nepal

By Bishnu Raj Upreti and Sushant Acharya Until few decades back, agriculture sector was considered as the backbone of country’s economy. In 1960s and 1970s, Nepal was one of the main rice exporting countries in South Asia. Till early nineties, … Continue reading

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Consumption of quinoa in Bolivia

By Alejandro Romero Merlo Bolivia has more than 50 native varieties of quinoa among which is the real quinoa (Risi et.al, 2015) cultivated mainly in the South Highlands and which at the same time is the most demanded for export, … Continue reading

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The ambiguous image of collective organizations

By Eva Ming, master student Motivated by the first results of the FATE-team of Nepal about the manifold benefits of collective organizing, e.g. access to financial services and acquisition of new knowledge and skills (KC et al., 2016; Upreti et … Continue reading

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From R4D to P4D: the transformation of “stakeholders” into partners

By Sabin and Stéphanie One of the challenges of Research for Development – R4D – is the word in between: the “FOR”. How do we get there? How do we turn our insights, our data, our analysis, our explanations, and … Continue reading

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Changing gender roles within farming households? Evidence from the field in Rwanda

By Chantal Ingabire and Birachi Eliud A return to the Northern Province of Rwanda recently to conduct the second part of our qualitative interviews with smallholder farmers was quite insightful. Similar to most of other agricultural regions in the country, … Continue reading

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Women in Value Chain of Cardamom in Eastern Nepal: reflections on challenges and opportunities in the current context

By Bishnu Raj Upreti and Sharmila Shivakoti, NCCR in collaboration with the Department of Development Studies (DDS), School of Arts (SoA) of Kathmandu University is conducting Nepal component of long term research project entitled: Feminization, Agricultural Transition, and Rural Employment … Continue reading

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Bolivian Quinoa Real in the midst of adversity

By Alejandro Romero. Thanks to the launch of the International Year of Quinoa in 2013, the Andean grain became famous and its outstanding nutritional qualities promoted. This information aroused the interest in various regions of the world that adapted it … Continue reading

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Changing role of women in high value agriculture with special focus on cardamom farming in the post conflict Nepal

The context A study on ‘Feminization of agriculture, transformation and rural employment (FATE) with specific focus on social and political conditions of asset building in the context of export led agriculture in Ilam district shows that the decade long armed … Continue reading

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The “why” lady

When a four-year old toddler run towards you and ask you why the sky is blue, why the chicken can’t fly and how we make babies, these questions will give you a headache. Still you feel you have to answer … Continue reading

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