Posted on December 9, 2013 by Dirk Roep
Starting Monday 17 Februray 2014, in the 4th educational period of Wageningen University, the optional course RSO-56806 Introduction into Sociology and Anthropology of Place Shaping will be offered again in collaboratyion with Cultural Geography Group and Land Use Planning Group. For more information on the course contact the course coordinator Joost Jongerden: firstname.lastname@example.org
The course can be the first of four succeeding courses in period 5 and 6 up to a total of 24 ects as part of the free choice minor ’Place and space in planning and development‘ open to BSc-students from WU and other high education institutes, such as the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences.
The course offered as part of the minor are:
- Period 4: RSO-56806 Sociology and Anthropology of Place-Shaping, whole days
- Periode 5: RDS-30306 Sociological Theories of Rural Transformations, morning or GEO-23306 Cultural and istorical Geography, afternoon
- Period 6: LUP-33306 Methods for strategic planning, whole days in week 34-39 and LUP-32306 Studio strategic planning, whole days in weeks 40-43
For more information contact minor coordinator Dirk Roep: email@example.com
Filed under: Education | Tagged: Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Land Use Planning, Minor, Optional course, Place shaping, place-based development, Planning, Sociology | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 5, 2013 by Dirk Roep
Will monopolies, cartels and export restrictions define the future of your food?
RUW foundation will explore the world of the micronutrients in a lecture and debate featuring Wouter van der Weijden (director of CLM), Ellis Hoffland (WUR) en Petra Berkhout (LEI).
Venue: December 10, 2013 in the Grand Café of the Forum building, starting at 19.30.
Free entrance and drinks afterwards.
Micronutrients are irreplaceable and are essential for plant, animal and human health. Only about 4% of the world’s micronutrient stocks can be found in the EU (Platform LIS,2012). In the near future Europe will become dependent on other countries, including China, Chili, US, Turkey and Peru for the supply of micronutrients such as selenium and zinc for its agriculture. Find out how borders and international relations influence the struggle for micronutrient supply, how it will affect our food production and what options the EU has to ensure the availability of micronutrients.
Filed under: Education, General, Policy | Tagged: Geopolitics, Micronutrients, nutrient fight, stichting RUW | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Dirk Roep
Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) seminar: (Re-)Assembling Rural Places?
A presentation by Prof. dr Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University, UK) and prof. dr Sally Shortall (Queen’s University Belfast) as first discussiant.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 15.30-17.00, room C67 Leeuwenborch building of Wageningen University
In recent work Prof. Michael Woods explores the prospective application of Assemblage Theory as a framework for analysing the recomposition of rural places through social and economic change. Assemblage Theory builds on the influences of Gilles Deleuze, Manuel DeLanda and actor-network theory to understand social formations as assemblages of heterogeneous elements that can be human or non-human, natural or technical, material or expressive, but which are held together in temporary entanglements which are constantly changing and which cannot be contained but reach out to intersect with other assemblages. The approach has attracted increasing interest among others human geographers that started thinking about places as assemblages. Assemblage theory presents a way of extending the relational approach to rurality pioneered by Jonathan Murdoch, connecting material relations to performative and discursive aspects of rurality. Assemblage theory supports investigation of the re-making of rural places in globalization, resonating with Woods’s description of the ‘global countryside’ as an emergent and contested space and globalization as proceeding through processes of negotiation, manipulation and adaptation within place. In the seminar Prof. Micheal Woods will present his state of the art in working with these notions supported by illustrative examples.
Filed under: Regional Development, Rural Development | Tagged: Assemblage Theory, Michael Woods, Rural Development, rural places, WASS seminar | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 11, 2013 by Dirk Roep
December 3 the EU-funded reserach projects FarmPath and SOLINSA will jointly present their findings at a final conference in Brussels. A detailed programme is available at the www.solinsa.net website. Location: Thon Hotel, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 75, B-1040. From 9.00 am till 4.30 pm.
Filed under: Agriculture, Policy, Research | Tagged: Brussels, EU policies, FarmPath, Final conference, innovation, learning, SOLINSA, sustainable agriculture | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 7, 2013 by Dirk Roep
The next event of the Grassroots science series is a discussing on ”The future of agriculture: myths, facts and moving beyond”: Wednesday November 20, at 20.00 in the Forum building.
- Josef Keulartz (emeritus professor environmental philosophy)
- Tomek Ponti (consultant on sustainable agriculture)
- Jacques van Nederpelt (platform ABC, author of ‘8 myths in food and agriculture’)
- Jan Diek van Mansvelt (Down to Earth, emeritus professor WUR, co-founder Louis Bolk Institute and former director IFOAM)
Sign up at http://grassrootsscience.nl/events/wed-20-nov-the-future-of-agriculture-myths-facts-and-moving-beyond/
Filed under: Agriculture, Education, Food | Tagged: Agriculture, Boerengroep, grassroots science, Otherwise | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 17, 2013 by Dirk Roep
Hoe zien boeren-ondernemers de mogelijkheden voor hun eigen bedrijf als er vanuit de omgeving beperkingen zijn? Doe mee in het promotieonderzoek van Ron Methorst deze winter.
Ron Methorst is docent CAH Vilentum Dronten en doet promotieonderzoek bij de leerstoelgroep Rurale Sociologie van Wageningen Universiteit. Zijn onderzoek richt op de vraag hoe boeren inspelen op een veranderende omgeving. Vraag Ron voor meer informatie: firstname.lastname@example.org. Of bekijk zijn blog over het verloop van het onderzoek.
Een goede relatie tussen het agrarisch bedrijf en haar omgeving is –opnieuw- van belang. Zeker in een dichtbevolkt land als Nederland is er al gauw sprake van ‘spanning’ tussen de omgeving van het agrarisch bedrijf (natuur, landschap, stad) en de ontwikkelmogelijkheden van het bedrijf. Met gebiedsprocessen en projecten worden op allerlei plekken mogelijkheden onderzocht, Mensen ‘om de boer heen’ houden zich volop bezig met de ontwikkelmogelijkheden van die boer. Hoe ziet die boer, die agrarisch ondernemer het nu zelf? Hoe zie hij de mogelijkheden voor zijn bedrijf in zijn situatie? Welke factoren zijn daarin met name bepalend?
In Kampereiland, het grootste aaneengesloten pachtgebied van Nederland, is in februari 2013 een uitgebreide enquête uitgevoerd met een goede respons. Deze enquête willen we (aangepast) herhalen in de polder Mastenbroek, een van de oudste polder van Nederland. Beide gebieden zijn onderdeel van ationaal Landschap IJsseldelta (dus bijzondere landschap en natuurwaarden). Het grote verschil: 100% eigendomsbedrijven en 100% pachtbedrijven.
Filed under: Agriculture, Education, Regional Development, Thesis and internship possibilities | Tagged: Kampereiland, landbouw, Mastenbroek, omgeving, Thesis research | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 15, 2013 by Dirk Roep
The kick off lecture of the RUW Series is October 17th: What’s up with the nutrients by Wim Bussink (Nutrient Management Institute) and Wim Chardon (Alterra), 19.30 in the Forum building, room C221.
Other upcoming activities:
- Excursion to Agrifirm (cattle feed factory) in Oss (November 1)
- Lecture on Micronutrients, Food and Health (November 7 or 14)
- Excursion to Sea Weed Teststation (November 7or 14)
- Lecture on Micronutrients and Geopolitics (November 21)
Filed under: Agriculture, Education | Tagged: excursion, Lectures, Micronutrients, stichting RUW | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Dirk Roep
What are the current challenges facing our food systems. And what can be done? Get a taste of the problems and solutions at the 2nd edition of the Food4all festival. Part of the festival are: a regional farmers’ market, a documentary on Monsanto, a book presentation, and a dinner with music and gastronomic film. Later this year, a 2 day training on the right to food, agroecology and food sovereignty. For more information see the programme below or visit www.grassrootsscience.nl.
Grassroots science & partners are: OtherWise, ILEIA, Boerengroep, Lazuur, Fian, Transition Towns and Project EAT. Contact: email@example.com
Also opportunities offered for MSc-thesis research, internship and Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) in 2nd educational period.
Filed under: Education, Food, Thesis and internship possibilities | Tagged: Agro-ecology, Boerengroep, grassroots science, food sovereignty, Food4all, ILEIA, Lazuur, Project EAT, transition towns, Fian | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 12, 2013 by Dirk Roep
September 17 the Boerengroep organises a bike tour in ‘t Binnenveld visiting a goat farmer, sheep/chicken farmer and organic veggie farmer. Students can register at the website.
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Posted on September 2, 2013 by Dirk Roep
The Yale University Program of Agrarian Studies and Journal of Peasant Studies jointly organized the International conference on Food Sovereignty: a critical dialogue, 14-15 September in Yale, celebrating both the 20th anniversary of La Via Campesina and the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Peasant Studies.
Various reknown scholars in peasant studies will present a paper and discuss the food sovereignty concept as advocated by the La Via Campesina movement. Conference papers are online available and a selection will be published in the Journal of Peasant Studies. See for more information also the Food First weblog of the Institute for Food and Development Policy. Eric Holt-Giménez is the executive director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy.
Also Prof. dr ir Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, former chair of Rural Sociology and currently Professor Transition Studies at Wageningen University, presents a paper titled ‘Peasant driven agricultural growth and food sovereignty‘ with the following abstract:
The concept of food sovereignty represents an important theoretical and practical challenge. The political economy of agriculture can only take this gauntlet by developing a better understanding of the processes of agricultural growth. Without such an understanding it is difficult to address the issue of food sovereignty. Developing such an understanding involves a (re-) combination of the political economy of agriculture with the Chayanovian approach. This paper gives several explanations (all individually valid but stronger in combination) as to why peasant agriculture results in sturdy and sustainable growth – it also identifies the factors that undermine this capacity. The paper also argues that peasant agriculture is far from being a remnant of the past. The different peasantries of the world are shaped and reproduced by today’s capital (and more specifically by current food empires), and equally, they help to shape and contribute to the further unfolding of forms of capital related to food and agriculture. It is important to understand this two-way interaction between capital and peasant agriculture as this helps to ground the concept of food sovereignty. This article is underpinned by three assumptions. First, the debate about enlarging total agricultural production is very real. Although this debate is currently used to assess the hegemony of food empires and imperial science, we cannot throw away the baby with the bathwater. Secondly, the capacity to produce enough (at different levels, distinguishing different needs, etc.) needs to be an integral part of food sovereignty discourse. Thirdly, I am convinced that peasant agriculture has the best credentials for meeting food sovereignty and has the capacity to produce (more than) sufficient good food in a way that can satisfy the (many) objectives of producers themselves as well as for society at large.
Filed under: Agriculture, Food, Policy | Tagged: conference, Food First, food sovereignty, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, journal of peasant studies, La Via Campesina, yale university | Leave a Comment »