Is quinoa on your diet? Are you tempted by the exotic scent of cardamom in your local tea shop? Any idea where the tender beans on your plate come from, and how they are produced?
The demand for new agricultural products with specific nutritional characteristics and year-round availability has constantly been on the rise in recent years – and so has their price. These market dynamics have a profound effect on the places where such products are grown. In many cases, these are rural areas in developing countries where agriculture is the main economic sector. Accordingly, high-value crops hold the promise of stimulating rural development in the global South: employment is expected to lift poor people – and women in particular – out of their multiple dependencies on small-scale agricultural production, offering them and their children new perspectives.
Sharing the struggles #1: Meeting strangers in a giant village
By Marie-Luise Hertkorn. To me, each small achievement is not only a source of pleasure and pride, but it also brings about lasting motivation for the rougher stretches of the PhD journey. And the road can be rocky indeed. Yet, while informal discussions among PhD students revolve around the terms “struggle”, “challenge”, and “crisis” with unswerving regularity, relatively little is written about it [...]