Nowadays my field is agricultural technology development. I am interested in the relations between technical and social change, and how these play out in socially differentiated rural communities. I have published on plant genetic resources, farmer-based seed systems and participatory breeding, and continue to do so, but with more sociological orientation. I aim to contribute to the emerging field of political agronomy, by studying technology-oriented interventions, which brings my background in plant sciences together with the social sciences together. A selection of recent publications below give an impression of the orientation of my research, that of the students I supervise and research collaborators.
I teach mostly in the Master program Development and Rural Innovation. Furthermore, I chair the MSc Program Committee Development and Rural Innovation, I am a member of the MSc Program Committee Organic Agriculture. I function as WUR-liason for the CGIAR program Root Tubers and Banana and I am associated to the Socio Economic Program of CIMMYT.
- Yenenesh Tadesse, C.J.M. Almekinders, R.P.O. Schulte and P.C.Struik, 2016. Tracing the seed: seed diffusion of improved potato varieties through farmers networks in Chencha, Ethiopia. Experimental Agriculture DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S001447971600051X
- Urrea, C., C.J.M. Almekinders, Y. van Dam, 2016. Understanding perceptions of potato seed quality among small-scale farmers in Peruvian highlands. NJAS Journal of Life Sciences. doi:10.1016/j.njas.2015.11.001
- Almekinders, C.J.M., L. Mertens, J. P. van Loon and E. T. Lammerts van Bueren (2014). Potato breeding in the Netherlands: a successful participatory model with collaboration between farmers and commercial breeders. Food security Volume 6 (4): 515-524. doi 10.1007/s12571-014-0369-x
- Pircher, T., C.J.M. Almekinders and B.C.G. Kamanga, 2013. Participatory trials and farmers social realities: Understanding the adoption of legume technologies in a Malawian farmer community. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 11 (3): 252-263.