Tropentag 2022:

Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and academia's views

September 14 - 16, 2022,
organised by
Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague


Tropentag 2022 Workshops


Additionally to the conference programme you have the possibility to attend pre- and post-conference workshops. Below you will find short descriptions as well as details on time and date of the workshop.
If you are interested in participating in one of those workshops, please contact the workshop organisers respectively. You find the particular contact details together with the description. Please do mention `Tropentag' in the email subject line.


Tuesday workshops
Wednesday workshops
Friday workshops

 
Tuesday workshops
 

Organisers: Folkard Asch, Marc Cotter, Sarah Glatzle, Kevin Thellmann; ATSAF e.V. - Council for Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Research.

Contact: academy@atsaf.de

Date: Tuesday, 13/09/2022, 14:00 – 16:30 h (CEST)

In-person workshop - online participation will be made possible

Location: FTZ 116

Description:
In 2021, ATSAF e.V. has established the ATSAF Academy and launched 25 PhD scholars with 25 development-oriented research projects in collaboration with 9 CGIAR centres and 12 German research institutions. The aim of the ATSAF Academy is to involve PhD scholars from German universities in CGIAR++ research projects and in this way strengthen the links between German universities and international, development-oriented agricultural research. This workshop is envisioned to be an event for networking and information exchange aimed at all relevant participants within the ATSAF Academy, with a focus on this year’s conference theme “Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and academia's views”. The workshop will include an introduction to common agroecological principals and how their application can aid in generating a range of diverse pathways for the transition towards more sustainable food and farming systems. During the professional exchange in the workshop, the participants will learn to categorize and assess their own projects, their work, and approaches in the overall scientific debate around agroecological farming, both from a researcher’s and a farmer’s perspective.

The workshop will offer the opportunity for the participants to present and discuss their own projects, gain valuable feedback, and take part in the discussion on current topics regarding development-oriented agricultural research through an agroecological lens.

Main purpose of the workshop:
Networking
 

Organiser: Annett Pollex, Mirjam Müller, Sven Schaller, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbH

Contact: Annett.Pollex@dbfz.de

Date: Tuesday, 13/09/2022, 14:00 – 16:00 h (CEST)

In-person workshop

Location: FTZ 313

Description:
Access to modern clean cooking sources capable to use untapped biogenic residues rather than wood is important to reduce deforestation and reduce harmful emissions by improving domestic air quality. However, introduction of new technologies requires behavioural changes and adoption of new competences. The workshop aims to discuss pre-conditions as well as direct guidelines to achieve behavioural change, experiences from already conducted cookstove programs in east Africa as well as design aspects and requirements with respect to applicability for cooking habits in rural Ethiopia.
In our workshop we will discuss important aspects which are prerequisite for a successful introduction of improved cookstoves (ICS) in rural context and the behavioral changes that are necessary for the adoption of such new technologies. Two experts working for years on this subject will give an account on their experiences with two keynote presentations:
  • Marius Bierig from the company LehmBau will share his expertise on local cookstove production with locally available materials
  • Katarina Prost, project leader of the project ClimEtSan will report on her experience on the introduction of cookstoves in rural Ethiopia.
We will then provide a podium to discuss and exchange knowledge.

Main purpose of the workshop:
Knowledge exchange on best practise for introducing and participatory development of cookstoves, compiling already identified obstacles, enabling adoption of the cookstove within the project
 

Organisers:
  • YPARD – Young Professionals for Agricultural Development
  • AGRINATURA: The European Alliance on Agriculture Knowledge for Development
  • AGRISCI-UA: The AgriSciences Platform for Scientific Enhancement of HEIs in Ukraine
  • CZU Student Ambassadors FTA
  • IAAS: International Association of Agriculture and related sciences Students

Contact: Glindys Virginia Luciano (YPARD) glindys.luciano@ypard.net or
Stacy Hammond PhD. (YPARD Europe) europe@ypard.net

Date: Tuesday, 13/09/2022, 14:00 – 17:00 h (CEST)

In-person workshop

Location: FTZ 401

Description:
The focus of this workshop is to provide young researchers in agrisciences with the tools needed to succeed in science communication and to take ownership of their research. Science communication emphasizes the importance of raising awareness, educating and informing the research community, and the general public on science-related topics, through means of accessible yet credible writing and speaking skills. This workshop will also create a space for intentional networking between the attendees and the organisers, as well as other invited partner organizations in the form of “Living Libraries”.

What is a living library?
When gathering information in a conventional library, the reader returns the book to the library and has no way of following up on any doubts or questions they may have (unless there is a sequel to the book of interest and even then more questions might arise). In the concept of a Living Library, books are people, and reading consists of a conversation that covers all aspects of a given topic (in this case Youth-Based Initiatives in the Agricultural Sector offered by the organizations representing each living library), and ensures that all doubts and questions are properly answered in an interactive way.

Main purpose of the workshop:
  • To provide concrete knowledge, skills, and best practices in science communication for young researchers in agrisciences and sustainable food systems;
  • To enable attendees and organizations to network and share information on specific youth-based initiatives each organization is conducting;
  • To enable the attendees to put into practice the skill and knowledge obtained in science communication using an interactive yet result-oriented system;
  • Put theory into practice by allowing workshop participants to practice and observe elevator pitching, through a practice session and living libraries, respectively.
     
 

Workshop 4: Agroecology’s potential for development projects: insights from participatory approaches to designing and implementing sustainable food value chains

Organisers: Markus Hanisch, Silke Stöber and Aicha Mechri; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Faculty of Life Science, Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institut, Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Germany

Contact: Aicha Mechri aicha.mechri@hu-berlin.de

Date: Tuesday, 13/09/2022, 14:00 – 17:00 h (CEST)

In-person workshop - online participation will be made possible

Location: FTZ 403

Description:
Food value chains promotion has been proposed as a means by which smallholder farmers in the Global South can access higher value markets and thus generate higher income. As concerns around the sustainability of current food systems increase, it has become necessary to review the models and approaches upon which value chain promotion is built. Being at the same time transdisciplinary, participatory and change-oriented, agroecology has emerged as a transformative paradigm, because it targets the complex dynamics between the various actors in the value chain and their environment. Our workshop seeks to discuss and specify the contribution of agroecology to value chain sustainability. In particular, the workshop explores the potential role of agroecology in the design and implementation of future food value chain promotion in the context of development projects. Conceptual and empirical aspects from current research and advisory projects will be presented and discussed.

Main purpose of the workshop:
This workshop seeks to share theoretical and empirical experiences on the potential of agroecology in the design and implementation of food value chain development projects by discussing different stakeholders perspectives:
  • The workshop will explore the potential of agroecology in reviewing conceptual underpinnings of sustainability and (multiple) value addition along food value chains
  • Two pilot project approaches of participatory sustainability assessments along food value chains in Uganda and in Zambia where agroecological principles were incorporated into the methodological design will be presented and discussed.
  • Experiences of co-research living labs adopting agroecology as a means to promoting nutritional gardens in Burkina Faso and Senegal will be shared.
  • Insights from advisory programs based on agroecological elements in Mali and Mozambique will be presented.
  • Experiences from agroecopreneurs from science-practice partnerships in Indonesia are shared.
  • The workshop will also include contributions from Innusens Value Chain stakeholder network (VCSN) Kenya/Uganda
 

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Workshop 6: How can social innovations be brought to scale?

Organisers: FIA GIZ/CG Task Force on Scaling
Thomas Pircher, Katharina Diehl, Murat Sartas, Judith Wassmann

Contact: thomas.pircher@giz.de or k.diehl@cgiar.de

Date: Tuesday, 13/09/2022, 15:00 – 17:00 h (CEST)

In-person workshop

Location: FTZ 115

Description:
Food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and environmental production measures require innovations in seeds, crops, foods as well as environmentally sensitive input measures and resources-friendly equipment. Understanding the respective innovation systems but also value chains is key to implementing targeted strategies in different settings, generally involving multistakeholder groups.
The GIZ/CG Task Force on Scaling will share their experiences in operational implementation of scaling strategies by discussing individual case studies as well as the benefits of coordinated action. The workshop participants are invited to engage with the Task Force on Scaling and other scaling experts to identify success factors and learning points for transitional developments in the global south, including aspects of gender, financing, training and capacity building, market development and enabling governance strategies.

Main purpose of the workshop:
  • Learning about organising scaling and coordinated action for global interventions
  • Identification of success factors and value added
  • Sharing of best practice examples, materials and learning points
  • Connect and discuss synergies and potential collaborations

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    Wednesday workshops
     

    Workshop 7: Migration and translocality: capacity to harness migration for development in West Africa

    Organisers:
    UNI-Ibadan
      Adeola Oluwafuniso Olajide; preciousfunso@yahoo.com
     Temitayo Adeyemo; adeyemotemtayo@gmail.com (Nigerian Institute of Social and Economc Research)
    UNI-Passau: Migration and Translocality in West Africa (MITAWA)
     Malte Steinbrink; Malte.Steinbrink@uni-passau.de
     Wehner, Stefanie; Stefanie.Wehner@uni-passau.de
    UNI-Ghana
     Joseph K. Teye; jteye@ug.edu.gh or teyejoseph@yahoo.co.uk
    UNI-Dortmund
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
    University of Ouagadougou (Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) of the University of Ouaga)

    Contact: preciousfunso@yahoo.com

    Date: Wednesday, 14/09/2022, 09:00 – 12:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop - online participation will be made possible

    Location: FTZ 116

    Description:
    In many West African settings, accelerating impacts of climate change challenge rural livelihoods. In all scenarios, forecasts of the consequences of a changing climate point to the need of adapted and sustainable agricultural land-use to guarantee food security. Migration plays a key role for this. However, in academic discourses on climate change, migration practices have long been seen as a driver for de-agrarianisation or people’s last resort. Labels such as ‘climate refugees’ account for this.
    Yet, since generations, migration forms part of everyday life in West Africa. Rather than being a one-time, unidirectional movement of individuals, migration is part of collective livelihood strategies, spanning distances and locations. Regarding climate change and the need to transform existing agricultural practices these translocal livelihood systems may play a vital role. For example, while translocal migrants may help retain farming labour by sending remittances for farming activities, returnees may bring new agricultural knowledge back to their places of origin that may help to adapt to accelerating climatic changes.
    With contributions from various case studies of the MitraWA consortium (WASCAL), this workshop seeks to understand the potentials and challenges of migration and translocality as responses to climatic change and rural livelihoods at risk:
    • Patterns of translocal mobility in West Africa;
    • Translocal mobility and impact on certain outcomes (agricultural production and investment Housing, Transportation, Gender, Cities, Social Interactions or Networks);
    • Exchange of Innovation and Ideas due to translocal mobilities in the systems;
    • Challenges to translocal mobilities;
    • Environmental impacts of translocal mobilities.

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    To develop a critical mass of research ideas, or findings/policy directions. r within the ongoing MiTraWA project as a means of understanding the extent to which translocal migration within the Wes African region can lead to agricultural development.
     

    Workshop 8: Soil, plant health and consumer practices - how is it linked to agroecology?

    Organisers: Irmgard Jordan1, Céline Termote1, Thomas Hilger2, M. Gracia Glas3, Catherine Meyer2, Lydiah M. Waswa4
    1Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT, Africa Hub, Nairobi, Kenya
    2Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics, (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute), University of Hohenheim, Germany
    3Centre for International and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germanya
    4Dept. of Human Nutrition, Egerton University, Kenya,

    Contact: i.jordan@cgiar.org

    Date: Wednesday, 14/09/2022, 09:00 – 12:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop - online observation and remote participation during the game is possible, online participants will be included in the discussion following the game.

    Location: FTZ 401

    Description:
    Agroecology has been mainly debated from the farmers perspective. Little is known about the consumer needs to promote and enhance agroecological transformation. In this workshop we take the consumers perspective, what do they know about agroecological practices and how is it linked to family health.
    The participants will be invited to play “The Happy Family Board Game” that was designed as training and education tool for farming households in Uganda and Kenya. The game aims are to inform, discuss and identify potential solutions for transformation of farm systems towards sustainable farming and household decision making practices. To create a strong learning outcome, an experienced moderator will facilitate the game and related discussions around sustainable farming, marketing and nutrition practices.
    At the end of the workshop participants will have gained knowledge about potential linkages of agroecological farming practices, marketing and dietary practices and gained insights how investments in soil health, agronomic practices and joined decision making at household level may influence family livelihoods.
    The game itself is an open-source tool which was developed within the EaTSANE project (www.eatsane.de). It is currently evaluated within an agriculture-nutrition project implemented by the Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT in Busia, Kenya.

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    Inform, discuss and identify potential solutions for transformation of food systems for agroecological based consumer food choices.

     

    Workshop 9: Experiences in collaboration with societal actors in transdisciplinary research on child nutrition in drylands in Benin and Kenya

    Organiser: Brigitte Kaufmann1, Hussein Wario2, Georges Djohy3 and Ann Waters-Bayer4
    1German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Transdisciplinary and Social-ecological Landuse Research, DITSL Witzenhausen, Germany
    2Center for Research and Development in Drylands (CRDD), Kenya
    3Faculty of Agronomy, University of Parakou, Benin
    4Prolinnova – PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and NRM – Network Northern Focal Point c/o Agrecol Association

    Contact: b.kaufmann@ditsl.org

    Date: Wednesday, 14/09/2022, 09:30 – 12:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 403

    Description:
    In the workshop, we reflect on experiences made by researchers when collaborating with mothers and other caregivers for young children to co-develop nutritional innovations in (agro-)pastoral areas in northern Benin and northern Kenya. We focus on experience made within the BMEL-funded project NaviNut “Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African drylands” Within structured discussions, we invite contributions from the audience.
    Of particular interest will be: i) activities conducted to build relationships with mothers and to dismantle hierarchies between scientific and societal stakeholders in transdisciplinary research; ii) activities that are geared to consider the interests and perspectives of mothers and other caregivers for young children; and iii) activities to co-create knowledge.

    In the workshop, we will:
    1. exchange on these various activities and analyse how they influenced the role of societal stakeholders in the collaboration
    2. reflect on challenges encountered, and their causes - particularly the contextual, historical and structural/institutional reasons
    3. come up with recommendations for activities that promote successful non-hierarchical collaboration by scientific and societal stakeholders in transdisciplinary research

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    Is to share and reflect on experiences made in a transdisciplianry project.

     

    Workshop 10: Networking Workshop WASCAL and its German Partners

    Organiser: Michael Thiel, Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt, Sabine Oppmann, Institute of Geography and Geology, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany

    Contact: wascaldecoop@uni-wuerzburg.de

    Date: Wednesday, 14/09/2022, 09:00 – 12:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 122

    Description:
    Networking Workshop for the German Partners of WASCAL and interested persons of the Tropentag dedicated to research in Africa
    BMBF-funded WASCAL-DE-Coop is situated at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg and works together with the climate research institution WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, http://www.wascal.org). We cooperate with 11 graduate schools in West Africa with different research topics in climate and land use change.

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    Our workshop aims to foster and strengthen the exchange of supervisors, mentors and lecturers of the German research landscape who are already active partners of WASCAL. In addition, we invite participants of the Tropentag who are dedicated to research in Africa and would like to learn more about WASCAL, its partners, and its contribution to the Graduate Studies Programme (GSP) to join.

     

    Workshop 11: European perspective on Agroecology: Participatory review of concepts and applications.

    Organisers: María Fernanda Ramos Díaz, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences - MATE, Hungary
    Contact: ramosdiazmf@gmail.com

    Date: Wednesday, 14/09/2022, 09:00 – 11:00 h

    In-person workshop

    Location: RKU II

    Description:
    Introduction to the workshop - expectations
    Introduction of the participants – icebreaker and activity to get to know each other (name, location, work)
    Presentations of concepts – the main concepts included in agroecology will be discussed in a format of agree/don’t agree with the assistance of a facilitator
    What is and what is not – group work to discuss a set of statements and get conclusions followed by a plenary.
    Wrap up – Review of the work and share of conclusions

    Note: The full workshop content and methodology is under construction and will be tested and conducted in different locations in the summer of 2022 before presenting it at Tropentag.

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    Agroecology is a powerful approach with a very high transformative potential to achieve sustainable food systems and food sovereignty for all. Agroecology is very context dependent, and participatory. With time, its definition has evolved as well as its understanding and practical applications. During my studies I encountered the fact that agroecology is a word that became popular and highly used in sustainability studies and research, in addition to becoming a catchy term for funding policy. However, I also found that this concept is not fully understood, and in many cases, it is misused. Following the dynamic and complex nature of agroecology, I would like to propose this workshop with the format of round table discussion, to collect the different views, understandings and applications of agroecology that the participants will share, mostly in the European context. This will provide the opportunity for a deep discussion on the participant’s perspectives on agroecology, independently of the specific area where it is applied (field work, policy, research, etc.) and acquire elements to further their use of agroecology as an approach and paradigm-shift to sustainability. This workshop will be part of a series of similar workshops that will take place in different countries in Europe and Latin America in the framework of my PhD research on Agroecology.

     

    Workshop 13: Decoding agroecology - a guiding concept for sustainable transition of African agricultural systems?

    Organisers: Marcus Giese, University of Hohenheim, Germany

    Contact: m.giese@uni-hohenheim.de

    Date: Wednesday, 14/09/2022, 09:00 – 12:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 128

    Description:
    The workshop deals with the fact that "agroecology" appears as a rather undefined concept and many people are quite unsure what is exactly behind it. If agroecology is expected to work as a global concept for sustainable food production it must also demonstrate applicability in an African context, which hosts approximately 60% of the world’s arable land. The objective of the workshop is to provide a forum for in-depth discussion and analysis to decipher where and under what conditions the agroecology concept could be successful for different African agricultural systems and where it could be expected to fail. Questions to explore include: what are the indicators for success? Which systems are more suitable for agroecological approaches? What are the main bottle-necks. The workshop will be part of the DAAD Agri-Alumni Net project and 20 Alumni participants from East Africa, active in different countries and societal positions will join this workshop and contribute first-hand experience and inter- and transdisciplinary input. Together with more participants joining this workshop we will try decoding agroecology as a concept and figure out if and how it bears potential for guiding sustainable transition of African agricultural systems or just another buzz-word.

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    Inter- and transdisciplinary discussion to decode the robustness and applicability of the agroecology concept for the sustainable transition of African agricultural systems.
     

    Friday workshops
     

    Workshop 12: Ancestral thought in the Andean region, walking the Andean wisdom in the social movements of Ecuador to Cauca. Defense of human rights and ancestral territory

    Organisers: Eduardo Erazo Acosta, Research Group "Curriculum and University" attached to Colciencias. Universidad de Nariño. Pasto - Nariño - Colombia
    (14 years’ research on social movement’s, politics, violence in the Andean region.)
    and Jose Wilson Tumbo Chepe, Cauca department, indigenous political leader and human rights defender, Colombia

    Contact: eduardosociologist@gmail.com

    Date: Friday, 16/09/2022, 15:00 – 17:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 313

    Description:
    Thematic dimension:
    1. Sustainability in a development perspective
    2. Civil society and / or alternative social movements
    Short Justification: This workshop discusses the importance of ancestral heritage in the Andean region, conducted a tour of the word and the territory now called Cauca Ecuador and Colombia, through the knot of the indigenous peoples Ecuador-Colombia

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    This research has been done in the last seven years, with emphasis on the republics of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru, in the indigenous communities of Colombia CRIC, the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council. In addition to the Ecuadorian indigenous movement of Otavalo - Imbabura - Ecuador. Also the indigenous movement in the Sierra de Bolivia and Peru.
    By highlighting the alternative media, using websites, radio and community television, press, giving way to the decolonial theory, social emancipation and thus the redefinition of the rights of native communities, take chain decolonial form and intellectual aspects, theoretical and social openness leads to the strengthening of social movements, labor movements, teachers, workers, peasant struggles in the rural and urban sector in the last 20 years in Latin America and thus give way to the redefinition of economic and cultural social rights.
     

    Workshop 14: One health approach to smallholder livestock production: antimicrobials

    Organisers: Ruth Ofongo, Department of Animal Science, Niger Delta University, Nigeria
    Hilda Eta, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, University of Calabar, Nigeria
    Helen Ajayi, Department of Animal Science and Animal Technology, Benson Idahosa University, Nigeria.

    Contact: ruthofongo@ndu.edu.ng or ruthofongo@gmail.com

    Date: Friday, 16/09/2022, 15:00 – 17:00 h (CEST)

    Online only workshop

    Location: online

    Description:
    1. Animal health and smallholder livestock farmers’ drug use practices and drivers of antimicrobial use
    2. Antimicrobial spread and resistance
    3. Antimicrobial impact on health and the environment
    4. One health and smallholder sustainable livestock production without antimicrobials
    5. One health antimicrobial resistance mitigation strategies
    6. Impacts of antimicrobial interventions/alternatives and One health
    7. Antimicrobial residues, resistance and One health
    8. Policy around importation, labelling, distribution, supply chain and sale of veterinary antimicrobials in LMICs

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    Networking for interdisciplinary approach towards innovative solutions for sustainable livestock production towards a healthy and sustainable future.
     

     

    Workshop 15: Rice cultivation in Namibia: The choice between high-tech and ecological agriculture

    Organiser: Mark Spoelstra, AGRICOLA cc., Germany

    Contact: markspoelstra123@gmail.com

    Date: Friday, 16/09/2022, 14:30 – 17:30 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 116

    Description:
    1. Unused water resources despite the desert environment
    2. Rice farming systems and methods (upland, paddy, boro and deep-water rice)
    3. Rice as animal fodder; the conflict between agriculture and pastoralism
    4. Smallholder rice production in Namibia
    5. Production, trade and supply chains; transition from importing to a self-sufficient nation
    6. Feasibility study and environmental impact assessment
    7. Selection trials in the Cuvelai Wetlands in northern Namibia.
    8. Discussions with the Ministers of Agriculture and Environment, Trade and Industry and the Prime Minister Sam Nujoma
    9. Results and outlook on community rice production, on farmer organizations and cooperatives
    Main purpose of the workshop:
    • Increase capacity for students, researchers, farmers, policy makers and other decision-makers alike.
    • Discuss the biological and technical aspects of rice cultivation in organic farming versus high-tech.
    • Highlight the political and socio-economic implications and acceptability.
    • Show that the need for food security and poverty alleviation is not per se in conflict with environmental sustainability under a given natural resource management.
    • Discuss the contribution of deep water-rice, addressing resilience to climate change for the Namibian population and the world population in general.
     

    Organiser: Selina Ulmann, FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Department of International Cooperation, Switzerland

    Contact: selina.ulmann@fibl.org

    Date: Friday, 16/09/2022, 15:00 – 17:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 128

    Description:
    Transferring research results successfully to farming practice needs thorough translation of contents and combination with practical managing experiences. Often even translated messages coming from researchers are still difficult to digest for farmers, are rather directed to a technical public, and don’t reach smallholder farmers on a large scale. Digital media can be used as bridge-builders for a more direct communication between researchers and farmers in an effective, cost-efficient and practice-oriented way.
    In this workshop, we share recent experiences in the field of digital training material development and dissemination of research results and practical experiences in organic farming and agroforestry practices. The training materials address trainers and smallholder farmers and have been developed and disseminated together with partners in Bolivia, Kenya, Rwanda and Mali. Videos, SMS- and Whatsapp-based trainings, app-based trainings and Interactive Voice Recordings (IVR) have been tested.
    Several thousand trainers and farmers were able to learn about organic agriculture practices and in a self-assessment attributed the training to improved livelihoods and productivity. Based on the presented experiences we will discuss with participants their experiences and interest in digital learning tools and their effectiveness and where synergies with other projects and actors could be fruitfully used to promote the transfer of knowledge from research to practice.

    Main purpose of the workshop:
  • Sharing experiences, interests and needs in the field of research communication to a broader public using digital training materials, their development, evaluation and adaptation.
  • Networking and identifying possible partnerships and synergies.
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    Organisers: Ralf Schlauderer, HSWT Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Contact: Ralf.schlauderer@hswt.de

    Date: Friday, 16/09/2022, 14:30 – 17:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 315

    Description:
    Success or failure of development in the agricultural sector often depends on the development of strong and effective value chains for agricultural products. Understanding the holistic concept of value chains allow us to identify weak points and to overcome them. This leads to optimized resource utilization and thus income increase and gives opportunities to identify business ideas that can be further developed.
    The workshop deals with the concept of the postgraduate training Course Food Chains in Agriculture at HSWT, (which is funded by BMZ and supported by GIZ). In the course, each of our participants - who are coming from 8 different Sub-Saharan countries - elaborates a study project from idea over deep problem analysis and suggestion of a cost efficient solution up to implementation in practice. Ideally, participants are able to implement their project after having returned to their home countries. The realized project ideas give the opportunity to increase income, create employment in rural areas of African countries, and thus improve the living standards of people.
    In the workshop, the participants of the course 2022 will contribute to the following value chains:
    rice value chain, organic fertilizer production, production of Babyfood, dairy value chain, renewable energies, cosmetic production

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    The workshop wants to show the advantages of applied agricultural higher agricultural education to enhance the employability of graduates and foster innovation.
  • presenting Practice-oriented and applicable start up ideas from Course participants for their respective home countries
  • emphasizing importance of Technology transfer to Sub-Saharan countries in order to increase standards of living conditions in rural area
  • discovering potential of regional Agri-Food Value Chains as the basis for entrepreneurial activities and so for income increase and improvement of rural livelihoods in Africa.
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    Organisers: Forestry and Rural Development Research Group, University of Freiburg.
    José Undurraga, Mélanie Feurer and Esteban Montero, Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg, Germany.
    Nagale Dit Mahamadou Sanogo, Gambia University, WASCAL program.
    Mayra Tavares, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellow, Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg, Germany.

    Contact: jose.undurraga@waldbau.uni-freiburg.de

    Date: Friday, 16/09/2022, 14:30 – 17:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 401

    Description:
    Agroecology can contribute to developing stable and resilient tropical forest landscapes. Scaling-up agroecological practices at the landscape level have been challenged due to diverse management perspectives of the involved stakeholders. Thereby, the co-creation of a common vision of landscape management has the potential to include different perspectives and consider local contexts.
    ka Building upon a case study in tropical forest frontiers, this workshop aims to co-create a common vision of a context-specific mosaic landscape considering Agroecological principles through a serious games methodology.
    We will base our analysis on a case study in the upper Peruvian Amazon. This area represents a typical forest frontier context, where landscape dynamics have been influenced by the action of smallholders, local governments, NGOs and private companies. Small-scale agriculture is one of the main deforestation drivers of the Peruvian Amazon and the intensification of coffee production by smallholders has had a twofold impact on livelihood and landscape resilience. On the one side, seemingly stable, resilient and subsistence socio-economic contexts are threatened in exchange for a rather capitalist approach, due to higher incomes deriving from the new intensive cash crop. On the other side, landscapes lose resilient capacity by changing from agroforest and other mixed species agricultural practices to high labour and input practices.

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    Co-creating a vision of a stable and resilient agro-ecological landscape through a serious games methodology
     

    Organisers: John-Baptist S. N. Naah, Sabine Schlüter, TH Köln-Cologne University of Applied Sciences

    Contact: john-baptist.naah@th-koeln.de

    Date: Friday, 16/09/2022, 14:30 – 17:00 h (CEST)

    In-person workshop

    Location: FTZ 403

    Description:
    Agriculture has been the mainstay of African and other developing countries’ economies, which is mostly practiced via use of small-scale farming systems. The triple constraint of climate change, food shortages and energy poverty in rural communities has serious implications for global food security. Thus, the use of decentralised standalone photovoltaics to aid in the mechanization of agricultural tasks is not only crucially important to the well-being of local farmers but also has the potential to double or triple the production capacity of these farmers to feed many hungry people. This workshop is intended to engage young and experienced minds from various disciplines in a scientific environment like Tropentag to brainstorm on the productive use of photovoltaics in agriculture (agrivoltaics). Networking and knowledge sharing will be enhanced through this workshop. In this workshop, we also seek to address the main question: What are the best science- policy-practice strategies or business models needed to unravel this evolving practice of agrivoltaics in the context of developing countries?

    Main purpose of the workshop:
    To engender the debate of agrivoltaics and brainstorm on the full potential, opportunities and challenges of agrivoltaics in developing countries.