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.
FATE starts its 2nd phase!
The FATE project has started its second phase in July 2017. The second phase will be marked by new project members and data collection. 6 new PhDs candidates have been hired (or will be hired shortly) and will join our team in the 4 different countries. Research will continue and we will be sharing news on publication and events very soon!