On 11 March, PARI and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) jointly hosted a virtual seminar on sustainable agricultural growth, food & nutrition security and rural development in Africa.
The seminar offered an opportunity for Master and PhD students from Africa who participate in the AERC and ZEF postgraduate programmes to present and discuss their research findings and broaden their network of students working on related topics.
PARI and AERC have been collaborating since 2018 to strengthen research capacities in the field of agricultural and development economics in Africa. PARI primarily provides support to students and members of the faculty through AERC’s three delivery mechanisms, namely faculty research, Master’s thesis research and PhD thesis research grants in several universities across Africa. To date, ZEF-AERC collaboration has provided 15 MSc thesis grants, 5 PhD thesis grants and 11 Faculty research grants on various thematic areas related to the broad PARI themes.
Below is a summary of the 8 presentations made during the seminar:
|Theme 1: Bieoeconomy, Agro-forestry & Livestock (Doctoral students)|
|1. Joram Ngugi Kamau (Egerton University, Kenya): An analysis and mixed modeling of pastoral farmers’ behaviors in forest restoration: The case of Mau Forest in Narok County, Kenya.
2. Evelyn Ewere (ZEF, University of Bonn): The Global Bioeconomic Growth: Trends, Patterns and Determinants.
|Theme 2: Gender and Youth Opportunities (Doctoral students)|
|3. Angelique Kangondo (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania): Choice of Livelihood Opportunities among Rural Youth in Rwanda.
4. Hina Amber (ZEF, University of Bonn): An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis of Female Labor Force Participation in Pakistan.
|Theme 3: Agri-food value chain development (Doctoral students)|
|5. Shaibu Mellon (ZEF, University of Bonn): Do adopters of agricultural technologies benefit from adoption? Empirical evidence from Ghana.
6. 5. Charity Mumaniki (University of Zimbabwe): Exploring the Potential of Macadamia Nuts for Agri. Growth and Economic Development in Zimbabwe through Value Chain Analysis.
|Theme 4: Inputs, value chains and Institutions (MSc. students)|
|7. Gadisa Muleta (Haramaya University): Impact of Small-Scale Irrigation on Household Food Security: The Case of Walmara District, Finfinnee Surrounding Oromia Special Zone, Ethiopia.
8. Paul Abel (Sokoine University): Trade Performance of Tanzanian