PhD student, Fredrick Odhiambo Ajwang, attended the annual Doctoral Training Workshop hosted by the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn. It was organised by the Right Livelihoods College (RLC). RLC is a global capacity building initiative of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, which, since its inception in 2009, aims to harness and spread the knowledge and experience of the Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award (sometimes called the alternative Nobel Prize).
In this year’s event, the workshop was attended by 26 PhD students from India, Nigeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Mongolia, Tanzania, Malawi, Germany, Ethiopia, Spain, Colombia and United Kingdom, all researching agricultural value chains and economic development. The theme of the workshop was “Sustainable agriculture and economic growth: smallholder farmers between market, policies and environmental change”.
The workshop keynote address was given by Dr David Amudavi, the Executive Director of Biodivision Africa Trust, previously given the alternative Right Livelihoods Award for its work in organic agriculture. Dr Amudavi’s address centred on the current trends in organic farming and marketing in Africa and beyond. In addition Dr Irene Kadzere from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) in Switzerland delivered an address on the role of research in enhancing organic farming in a changing world.
The students also participated in a plenary discussion on agricultural value chains from the developing country context. On the last day the students presented their research posters and had extended interactions and discussions with students and staff from ZEF on their different areas of research. After 4 days of intensive seminars, lectures, workshops and plenary discussion, the PhD students were selected as Right Livelihoods College Junior scientists, joining alumni of over 250 scientists from all over the world.