The Bio-Economy Research Chair aims to improve understanding of approaches within the bio-economy that facilitate poverty reduction in a manner that is socially just and environmentally sustainable, and to stimulate a community of practice with regard to these approaches. The focus is on building a critical mass of intellectual capacity, enabling human capital development and in particular a new cohort of skilled postgraduate students, and informing policy and public debate in this rapidly evolving but under-developed field. The Chair has a strong focus on engagement with communities, indigenous knowledge holders, and policy-makers, embedding within it a practice of engaged scholarship and social responsiveness.
Zimbabwean PhD candidate, Bulisani Ncube, reports back on his research. My research topic is on the impact of farmers’ seed security on household food security using Chimanimani as a case study.... Read More
Visiting researcher Malin Olofsson gives an update on her work in the north-east of South Africa. My PhD research is situated within a larger project which examines whether and how value chain col... Read More
Jaci van Niekerk and Loubie Rusch reflect on their field trip to the Cederberg. The Co-create Wild Food Livelihoods team set off in mid-May to partake in one of a planned series of activities in... Read More
Jen Whittingham feeds back on her MPhil thesis work, with the working title: Exploring alternative paradigms towards assessing genetically modified (GM) crops in South Africa using a feminist ethics... Read More