PhD Student

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Education Katharine Tröger specialised in Organic Agricultural Sciences for her undergraduate studies at the University of Kassel, where she was awarded the Gustav-Hacker and the VDI Award (2007). She then received her MSc in Food and Resource Economics from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland and was awarded the Willi Studer Prize for her MSc (2011). In 2011 she completed a one-year postgraduate training for International Development Cooperation at the Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung (SLE) of the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Career Katharine Tröger has completed several agricultural internships and worked as a student research assistant during her university studies. The SLE training included a commissioned study by KfW Entwicklungsbank to develop an impact-oriented framework and manual for Monitoring and Evaluation of a rural electrification project in the West Nile, Uganda. Prior to joining the RELOAD project as a PhD student, she worked as a Project Manager in Rwanda for two years on a project, funded through the International Climate Initiative of BMUB and administered through the University of Koblenz-Landau, that established 6500 ha of agroforestry systems.
Focusing on pineapple value chains in Uganda, her PhD research uses participatory methods and a system learning approach to address post-harvest losses and encourage local innovation. The topic of post-harvest losses builds on her research experience during her undergraduate studies which assessed losses in onions and tomatoes in Niger. Systems thinking influenced her MSc thesis titled, “Farmers Preferences for Brands and Varietal Attributes and the Adoption of Hybrid Maize Varieties in Malawi”.
Experience Abroad
Kenya, Niger, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda.