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Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Wirtschaftsgeographie

 

 

Cooperation activities between HUB and KARU (formerly part of Moi University)

 

University-Level Agreement

Partner institutions           

HUB

KARU

Coordination

 

Duration and description

Until Aug. 2016 (end of ValueSec)

Participants

 

Funding

 

Results

 

 

Binational Study Project on Horticultural Value Chains in Kenya

Partner institutions           

HUB (Geography Department/ Economic Geography)

Moi University / KARU (Department of Environmental Studies)

Coordination

Dr. Dannenberg (HUB)

Dr. Nduru (Moi University/ KARU)

Duration and description

Aug. 2009

Binational Project on dynamics in export-oriented horticultural value Chains in Mt. Kenya region.

Participants

15 students (HUB)

5 students (Moi University/ KARU)

Funding

private

Results

Dannenberg, P./ Nduru, G.M. (Eds.) 2010: Challenges for export oriented fruits and vegetables farmers in the Mt. Kenya region. Experiences of an intercultural student project. In: Arbeitsberichte, Geographisches Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Nr. 155.

 

Quality Network Biodiversity in Sub-Sahara Africa (part of the DAAD-funded Course-related University Partnerships with developing Countries: MSc program Biodiversity Management and Research)

Partner institutions           

HUB (Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences; Geography Department)

Moi University/ KARU (Department of Environmental Studies)

University of Namibia (UNAM)

Stellenbosch University, South Africa (SU)

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique (UEM)

Coordination

Prof. Dr. Zeller (HUB)

Dr. Göttert (HUB)

Duration and description

Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2013

  • Students and lecturers from participating Universities present their work and discuss findings within an international and interdisciplinary team. Integrative elements of this annual event: field excursions, short lectures in the field to focus on the country-specific situation, specific research questions and the respective methodological tools and approaches. The events shall provide a framework in which inter-disciplinary transfer of knowledge is used to develop strategies supporting sustainable land use and the protection of biodiversity.
  • Workshops at UNAM and SU
  • 2nd International Workshop at Karatina University College of Moi University in Kenya: 22.-25.10.2012

Participants

2nd International Workshop at Karatina University College of Moi University:

Students (MA, PhD) and teaching staff from partnering institutions

Funding

Part of the DAAD funded Course related University Partnerships with Developing Countries (MSc program Biodiversity Management and Research)

Results

Master and PhD theses,

Dannenberg, P./ Göttert, T./ Nduru, G./ Zeller, U. (Eds.) 2013: Land Use and Natural Conservation - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop of the Quality Network Biodiversity in Sub-Sahara Africa 2012. In: Arbeitsberichte, Geographisches Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Nr. 175

 

Changing Gender Roles in Sub-Saharan Horticultural Family Farming

Partner institutions           

HUB (Geography Department/ Economic Geography)

University of Vechta (ISPA)

St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT, Geography Institute)

Moi University/ KARU (Department of Environmental Studies)

Coordination

PD Dr. Dannenberg (HUB)

Prof. Dr. Schumacher (University of Vechta)

Dr. Bandiho (SAUT)

Dr. Nduru (Moi University/ KARU)

Duration and description

14.-26.08.2013

Research and teaching cooperation in the area of gender equality in horticultural family farming with the rise of globalization (with a focus on internationalization, professionalization and the growing use of cell phones and Internet).

1. To bring together all four partner institutions at once in a workshop in Karatina (Mt. Kenya, Region) and Mwanza (Tanzania)  and formulate the specific scientific and practical goals of future cooperation.

2. To jointly visit possible rural case studies for future empirical research in Mwanza region in Tanzania and export orientated Mt. Kenya region in Kenya in two exploratory field trips as a direct follow on from the workshop. These two measures will lay the ground for the larger subsequent research cooperation.

3. To enable the preparation of Master and PhD theses

Participants

1 MA student, 1 teaching staff (HUB)

1 MA student, 1 teaching staff (University of Vechta)

2 PhD students, 2 teaching staff (SAUT)

2 PhD students, 2 teaching staff (KARU)

Funding

BMBF – Partnership for Sustainable Solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa

Results

Master/ PhD Theses,

Schumacher, K.: Gender relations in global agri-food value chains – a review; Velte, M/ Dannenberg, P.: Export horticulture – empowering female small-scale farmers in Kenya?; Krone, M. /Schumacher, K. /Dannenberg, P.: The impact of mobile phones on knowledge access and transfer of small-scale horticultural farmers in Tanzania. - In: Die ERDE: Dynamics in agricultural value chains,  Vol 145, No 3 (2014);  Krone, M., Dannenberg, P., & Nduru, G. (2015). The use of modern information and communication technologies in smallholder agriculture Examples from Kenya and Tanzania. Information Development.

 

Value Chain Development for Food Security in the Context of Climate Change. A Contribution through Strengthening Capacity in Higher Education in Eastern Africa (ValueSec).

Partner institutions           

ValueSec Network:

HUB (Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Inst. of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences; Geography Department)

UoN (Faculty of Agriculture)

KARU (Department of Environmental Studies)

Haramaya University, Ethiopia (HARU, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science)

 

Study Project Kenya:

HUB (Geography Department/ Economic Geography)

KARU (Department of Environmental Studies)

University of Cologne, Geography Department

Coordination Study Project:

Prof. Kulke, Dipl.-Geogr. Maria Velte (HUB)

Prof. Dr. Nduru (KARU)

Prof. Dr. Dannenberg, M.A. Krone (UoC)

Duration and description

ValueSec Network (2014-2016)

Rationale: The Project contributes to train innovative experts in Kenya and Ethiopia that can cope with the present and future challenges of climate change. For this purpose, value chain analysis, problem-based learning and topics of climate change adaptation are included in the curricula of the African partner universities, the theoretical and didactical knowledge is deepened in workshops, and the practical orientation of students and lecturers is promoted through case studies and internships.
By increasing the knowledge on food value chains as well as on the effects of climate change, the livelihood situation of smallholders shall be improved. Numerous enterprises, associations and governmental institutions in the field of agri- and horticultural business in the African partner countries are involved in the various activities of the Project.

 

Activities (a.o.):

Competence network: A joint competence network for value chain research and climate change adaptation will be established among Higher education institutions, government bodies, extension services and civil society organizations.

 

Revision of study curricula and development of training material
The curricula at participating HEIs will be revised in order to integrate issues related to food value chains (FVCs), climate change, food security and poverty reduction.

 

Training workshops
Sessions will deepen lecturers’ and students’ knowledge in interdisciplinary approaches and cross-cutting issues like FVCs, climate change, food security and poverty reduction issues.

 

Staff and student exchange: Partnership among HEIs will be strengthened, and staff and students will be equipped with new tools: Problem based learning (PBL), participatory action research (PAR) and interdisciplinary approaches.

Study project Horticultural Value Chains in Kenya: 14.-26.3.2015 (https://www.agrar.hu-berlin.de/en/institut-en/departments/daoe/gp-en/valuesec/documentation/karatina_stupro_photos)

 

Further information: https://www.agrar.hu-berlin.de/en/institut-en/departments/daoe/gp-en/valuesec/

Participants

8 MA Students + teaching staff (HUB)

17 MA Students + teaching staff (KARU)

9 MA Students + teaching staff (UoC)

Funding

ValueSeC Network: co-financed by the ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Higher Education (EDULINK II), a programme of the ACP Group of States with the financial assistance of the European Union.

Additional funding from the International Strategy Office (HUB) and UoC

Results

Joint publication (Arbeitsberichte der HUB, Feb. 2016)

 

HORTINLEA - Diversifying food systems. Horticultural Innovations and Learning for Improved Nutrition – Interdisciplinary Research Project.

Partner institutions           

HUB (Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Inst. of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences)

UoN (Faculty of Agriculture/ Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection)

In co-operation with the Leibniz Institute and KARU.

Coordination

Prof. Dr. Bokelmann (HUB)

Duration and description

2013 - 2018

HORTINLEA (Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa) is an interdisciplinary research project addressing food security in East Africa, particularly in Kenya. 19 East African and German universities and research institutes work collaboratively to produce and distribute knowledge in order to increase horticultural production and consumption, especially of African leafy indigenous vegetables. On the current website, the work of these institutes is reflected in the «Research Areas» or «Sub-Projects». The overall goal is to improve the livelihood and nutritional situation of the rural and urban poor.

Participants

http://www.hortinlea.org/

Funding

BMBF und BMZ

Results

http://www.hortinlea.org/