Self Help Africa has joined Teagasc and the National University of Ireland in Galway to support an in-depth academic study into farmers’ cooperative development in Uganda, for the purpose of creating a guide to the successful future operation of such groups.
The four-year PhD Scholarship is part of the university’s Walsh Scholarship Programme, and will examine emerging farmers groups in the Tororo District on Uganda’s eastern border, draw lessons, and develop a framework for agricultural cooperative development that would be replicable and scalable elsewhere in the Global South.
The chosen Walsh Scholar will be embedded with a farmers co-operative in Tororo for a part of the assignment, and will be tasked with critically examining the organisation and its operation environment, for the purpose of developing a framework for the strengthening and scaling of similar agri-food coops in other locations.
The fellowship will also incorporate a practical focus on ‘the last mile’ in relation to transitioning research into relevant extension lessons for the cooperative, and should draw on experiences in Irish agri-food and rural development, map institutional, martket and policy incentives that apply to agri-food production in Uganda, and use a case-study cooperative to understand the necessary requirement for the long term sustainability of such community-based enterprises in developing countries.
The selected candidate should ideally hold a Masters in a relevant research area.
For more information contact Sandra Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies, Millennium Building, National University of Ireland, Galway, no later than June 8 2020.