Food security in a changing world. Disentangling the diversity of rural livelihood strategies across Uganda

PhD defence

Food security in a changing world. Disentangling the diversity of rural livelihood strategies across Uganda

PhD candidate Jannike J (Jannike) Wichern MSc
Promotor prof.dr. KE (Ken) Giller
Co-promotor dr.ir. KKE (Katrien) Descheemaeker
Co-promotor dr. MT van Wijk
Organisation Wageningen University, Plant Production Systems
Date

Tue 28 May 2019 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

The majority of rural households in Uganda earn a substantial part of their living from rain-fed smallholder agriculture. Achieving food security is a challenge for these rural households, given the increasing weather variability due to climate change and the fast growing population competing for resources.
Decisions for interventions aiming at improving the food security of these households are often made on the national and sub-national levels. However, the rural households are highly diverse in their activities to earn a living and governmental interventions need to consider this diversity. How to identify suitable agricultural interventions for such a diverse population of rural farmers? Where do the households live that are most vulnerable to climate change? And how do the more food secure households differ in their livelihood strategies from the food insecure and across the country? These where questions that Jannike Wichern addressed in her PhD thesis entitled ‘Food security in a changing world: Disentangling the diversity of rural livelihood strategies across Uganda’.