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PhDs and Post doc positions available for studying urban agriculture

Urban farmer, Bamako. Photo by donkeycart.

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) covers 5% to 36% of an African city’s total food supply and up to 90% of its fresh vegetable consumption.

By UrbanFoodPlus


African food security not only depends on productivity increases in marginal rural areas, but increasingly also on a more efficient use of niche environments such as (peri-)urban zones, where innovations are more easily adopted due to close market linkages between producers and consumers. Across different climatic zones urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) covers 5% to 36% of an African city’s total food supply and up to 90% of its fresh vegetable consumption. However, little is known about how to overcome problems in resource use efficiencies, negative externalities, and UPA-related income effects on gender or different population groups.

The multi-disciplinary UrbanFoodPlus network of German, African, and international scientists, private sector representatives, and stakeholders aims at developing site-specific, farmer-tailored innovations for improved agricultural production, food safety, and value chains in four major West African cities (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Tamale, Ghana; Bamako, Mali and Bamenda, Cameroon). On-farm experiments, workshops, and policy dialogues involving stakeholders at different levels aim at detecting bottlenecks in UPA production and marketing chains, and identifying and test-implementing options to overcome them. An International Graduate School combining research and teaching capacity at African and German universities will enhance scientific capacity building and knowledge transfer.

In the context of this project, we hereby announce a total of 20 positions for PhD candidates and post-doc scientists to be filled by February 2013, in the fields of animal science (2), water engineering/irrigation (2), social anthropology (3), economics (3), geography (3), and plant and soil sciences (7, including one post-doctoral position for overall management and modeling). The following positions are offered pending final approval of funds by BMBF and BMZ.

Sample projects:

(07) Post-Doc position at the Ruhr University Bochum “Enhancing soil productivity in West-African urban agriculture with biochar”

(13) PhD position at the Ruhr University Bochum “Enhancing crop production and food safety in West-African urban agricultural systems: Counterfactual analysis of market impacts: Quantities, prices, food security”

(20) PhD scholarship at the University of Freiburg “Food Insecurity Risk Mapping (FIRM) in urban and peri-urban areas in West Africa”

For details see here.

1 comment

1 krishibid krishna rani das { 11.20.12 at 7:59 am }

i am very much eager to do my PhD degree on urban agriculture. please let me know how can i get the information of scholarships.