Category Archives: PhD experiences

A designation of origin to save Bolivian quinoa?

By Maurice Tschopp. In 2017, quinoa does not pay as much as it used to. After having steadily increased during two decades, and even reaching an all-time peak in 2013[1], prices of quinoa began to fall in the last three … Continue reading

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Agricultural Transformation in Rwanda: Do we still need to focus on Women farmers?

By Chantal Ingabire Should women farmers continue receiving attention to enhance their integration in agricultural commercialisation? This was one of the questions I received during my participation in the Pan African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference in 2016. The … Continue reading

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Perseverance and the Fruitful Journey: What it is to survey in geographically challenging location

Written by Sony KC. The Nepal Center for Contemporary Research (NCCR), conducted a survey for the project, Feminization of Agriculture Transition and Rural Employment (FATE) in 513 Households in Jirmale Village Development Committee (VDC) of Ilam district. The survey was … Continue reading

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My experience with new technology: Household survey for FATE-Laos Team

Written by Maliphone Douangphachanh. Using tablet for household survey is a challenge for some of our country teams, especially for the Lao team where using table for household survey is a new technique. Dr. Saithong Phommavong is the main person … Continue reading

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Advocacy event promoting women and economy in Rwanda

Written by Christine Bigler. How useful a good relationship with researcher partners can be, is proved by the following incident. So I’ve got the call for a Business Award for Women from the Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda. This … Continue reading

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Successful Fieldwork in Rwanda

Written by Christine Bigler. During the last weeks the Rwandan research team conducted more than 1100 interviews in the Northern Province of Rwanda.  This is a big step not only for the Rwandan team but also for the whole FATE-project. Before … Continue reading

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The role of women as a dynamic factor in quinoa production Female producers in the province of Nor Lípez, Potosi

Written by Daniela Romero and Gabriela Ruesgas. The Province of Nor Lípez in Potosí, Bolivia, is located at over 4000 masl; it is a very cold, dry and windy region where temperatures drop down to -15 C°. Close to this area … Continue reading

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Discovering Cardamom as a livelihood Option: A tale of Green Salakpur

Written by Sony KC. In the past one decade, Salakpur village of Jirmale Village Development Committee (VDC) in Ilam district has gained its popularity due to a new species of cardamom farming. The species of cardamom is well known as … Continue reading

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Striving for value addition on commercial potato in Rwanda: the experience of a woman cooperative leader in Northern Province

Written by Christine Bigler and Chantal Ingabire. The Northern Province of Rwanda is an agriculture high potential region.  The transformation from a subsistence to market oriented agriculture production is in full swing.  One driver of this transformation is agriculture cooperatives. … Continue reading

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Journey to the “Care-some” Cardamom Land: Identifying Roles

Written by Sony KC. My luck has always favored my intrinsic liking for unraveling the paths never trodden. From the beginning to Mid-March I conquered the picturesque Ilam district of Eastern Nepal. This time I travelled for my Phd research … Continue reading

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