|Announcement: 6th Joint Interdisciplinary Study Tour – Costa Rica 2017|
“Biodiversity as economic basis for welfare – the case of Costa Rica”, March 14th–26th 2017
Note: This excursion is part of the Module I07 “International land use systems research” (6 ECTS credits)
Costa Rica – the Central American country named by Columbus “Rich Coast” - did not prove to be rich in precious metals but is indeed wealthy in terms of natural treasures. Located between Panama in the South and Guatemala in the North, bordering the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of Costa Rica hosts a variety of different tropical ecological zones and forest landscapes. Widely known for its rich biodiversity and strong conservation efforts, 26% of its land is currently under protection. Among the Central American States, Costa Rica has the highest standard of living. At the same time the country’s agricultural sector is famous for its cash-crop production - principally pineapple, banana and coffee - with all the ecological and social impacts of an intensive plantation economy.
The 2017 excursion will particularly focus on biodiversity as the economic basis for agriculture, forestry, tourism and all subsequent economic sectors. In cooperation with the Tecnologico de Costa Rica the organizers have developed a two-week study tour to a variety of producers, processors and projects, demonstrating the diversity of land- and resource-use systems in Costa Rica - from large to small scale, from intensive to extensive, from collective to individual. The excursion thus aims at a deeper understanding of transforming biodiversity into economic wealth.
|Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding|
Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding on the topic of
“Inter-group learning for critical reflection on innovation processes with smallholder farmer groups in Tanzania”
Project aims and approach:
Within Trans-SEC (http://www.trans-sec.org), DITSL specializes in transdisciplinary approaches for participatory action research within low external input farming systems in Tanzania. The emphasis here is on farmer group capacity development, enhancement of participatory innovation processes, and support for the sustainability and social inclusiveness of innovation processes through collaborative learning (ditsl.org > Research > Trans-SEC).
Supervision: To be jointly supervised by DITSL (apl. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann, Dr. Pamela Ngwenya).
Application by: 16.09.16
To start thesis preparation by: 17.10.16
Participation in Socio-ecology Module A08 recommended (26.09.16- 14.10.16)
Funded through the Research for the Global Food Supply (GlobE) initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Student facilitates video screening with CL group in Idifu, Dodoma (Source: Thapa 2015)
|Raus Rein – Texte und Comics zur Geschichte der ehemaligen Kolonialschule in Witzenhausen|
Im Avant-Verlag ist das Buch "Raus Rein – Texte und Comics zur Geschichte der ehemaligen Kolonialschule in Witzenhausen" erschienen.
Herausgeber*innen: Marion Hulverscheidt und Hendrik Dorgathen.
"Das Buch entstand in Zusammenarbeit dreier Studiengänge der Universität Kassel. Studierende der Agrarwissenschaften, der Geschichte und der Kunst beschäftigten sich zwei Jahre lang mit der ehemaligen Deutschen Kolonialschule in Witzenhausen. Als einzige ihrer Art bildete die Kolonialschule junge Landwirte für eine Zukunft in den deutschen Kolonien aus. Die Geschichte der Schule wird in Texten und Comics beleuchtet."
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