Knowledge_ Sharing and Capacity Development for Food Security: Universities' contribution

Knowledge Sharing between the Universities members of the ERP partnership, and supporting capacity development for food security.

The universities’ contribution is classified by:

Type: 1-Courses and Learning material , 2-Research and publications, 3-Field projects

FAO core activities: 1-Agriculture, 2-Economic and social, 3-Fisheries and aquaculture, 4-Natural resources, 5-Technical cooperation

University -Title - Author Abstract Type of material - FAO core activities - Link
Institut Polytechnique LaSalle-Bauvais, L.I.F.E.®, LaSalle Institute For Earth®, Beauvais Cedex, France The “Utopia” project integrates the creation of educational and productive opportunities for young people in rural areas, of limited income and who have been affected by violence. It aims to convert them into leaders capable of achieving social, political and productive transformation in the country and give a new and significant contribution to reinvent the agricultural sector of Colombia and achieve sustainable agricultural conversion through participatory research and the transfer of new technologies. 3 - 2;;;
Institut Polytechnique LaSalle-Bauvais, L.I.F.E.®, LaSalle Institute For Earth®, Beauvais Cedex, France The Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais is a unique higher education institution in the Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences. These disciplines are central to the major challenges now facing society and our planet, namely protection of the environment, energy renewal and food for all. LaSalle Beauvais has a responsibility and mission to global society: to fight poverty through education and training and promote widespread sharing of knowledge. As a key regional player in its field, our institute wishes to promote action further afield and contribute to a more sustainable world using the levers of research and education. LaSalle Beauvais is committed to meeting this challenge with its ambitious campaign, L.I.F.E.®, LaSalle Institute For Earth®, which focuses on: • development of new research using international tools and with teams working on three programmes: agro-resources, food and health, and water; • widespread sharing of knowledge and skills through the training of lecturers/researchers and students. 1 - 4 ; ;
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia Dipartimento di Economia Politica. Sviluppo e povertà rurale nelle regioni dell’Unione Europea. Paola Bertolini, Marco Montanari The paper represents a first tentative analysis of the phenomenon of rural poverty in in the European Union's regions. In the first part, the paper discusses the problem of defining rural areas and examines the indicators used for international comparisons, notably the OECD definition, which provides the most widely used classification of rurality. Afterwards, we propose a different typology of rural and non-rural areas, based on population density and the share of employment in agriculture. Three categories of regions ("Predominantly Urban", "Intermediate" and "Predominantly Rural") are identified and then compared with regard to the following socio-economic aspects: income, demography, education and labour market. The analysis includes the whole EU-27 territory at NUTS3 level and uses EUROSTAT data, supplemented in some cases by national data. The conclusions of the paper underline the relevance of the rural poverty phenomenon in Europe. 2 - 2
University of Naples Federico II, Dept. Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Education and Rural Development in Northern Uganda Guido D’Urso, Luigi A. Smaldone, Elena Sassi The Faculties of Agriculture and Science of the University of Naples Federico II and Gulu University (Uganda) cooperate since 2007 with the primary aim of addressing development issues in education, agriculture, natural resources and environmental management for improved household income. The background to the event is that the long-term effects of civil war are still undermining the development and social progress in Northern Uganda and that there are marked regional disparities between this region and the rest of the country. Needs analysis has shown that the population falls disproportionately short of achieving multiple MDG’s (Millennium Development Goals), thus making them vulnerable to health problems and renewed conflicts. The District of Gulu has benefited during recent years of a strong and successful Italian presence, which has initially supported the health sector, in the Regional and Lacor Hospital and the Health District. In 2005, the University of Naples “Federico II” has significantly contributed to the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University, with joint teaching programs, building facilities and finally graduating the first 40 MDs in January 2010. Following this positive experience, the “GULUNAP” project has been extended to the Agriculture and Science Education sectors. 3 - 6
University Roma Tre/Department of Economics, "Education for Rural People and Food Security A Cross-Country Analysis" by Francesco Burchi, Pasquale De Muro, 2007 This book is a training tool for capacity development initiatives aimed at educators on rural development, and planners. It is also a useful tool for university professors, students and researchers of the agriculture rural development and education sectors. The theoretical foundation of this research is that being educated improves rural people’s capacity to diversify assets and activities, increase productivity and income, foster resilience and competitiveness, access information on health and sanitation, strengthen social cohesion and participation: these are all essential elements to ensure food security in the long run. The main findings of this research is the high association between food insecurity and primary education and the econometric model shows that primary education is a crucial element to reduce food insecurity in rural areas, even when compared to other factors such as access to water, health and sanitation. 2 - 2
University Roma Tre/Department of Economics, "Reducing children’s food insecurity through primary education for rural mothers: the case of Mozambique" by Francesco Burchi, Pasquale De Muro, 2009 This study investigates the direct contribution that mother’s schooling provides to child food security. It analyses the life-skills (e.g. processing information concerning nutrition, health, and hygiene) and productive skills (professional abilities) that are the most relevant channels through which mother’s schooling indirectly contributes to ensure children food security. This research focuses on rural households living in Mozambique. The analysis has carried out using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) 2003 on 4,776 rural children with an age below 60 months. The study is of special interest to school teachers and rural development specialists. It is also a useful tool for university professors, students and researchers of the education sectors. 2 - 2
University of Roma Tor Vergata - CEIS: Centre for Economic and International Studies- Prof. Pasquale Lucio Scandizzo, Dott.ssa Sara Savastano International Conference on the Bioeconomy on THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE BIOECONOMY: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOFUEL Ravello , Italy June 24-27, 2012 ICABR is a unique, informal, international consortium of people interested in the bioeconomy, agricultural biotechnology, rural development and bio-based economy research. Established in 1998, it is comprised of a core group of scholars representing research institutions such as: CEIS - University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rutgers University, University of California Berkeley, Technische Universität München, University of Saskatchewan, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), University of Missouri, Wellesley College, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. 2 - 1
University of Roma Tor Vergata - CEIS: Centre for Economic and International Studies- Prof. Giovanni Tria The Master In Development Economics and International Co-operation (MESCI) is a one year international post-graduate programme (60 credits), using an interdisciplinary methodology to development. It stands apart from other masters in this field in its practical approach to economic development, analysis of markets, institutions, and regulation by public and private agencies, in order to bridge the gap between academia and the workplace. The programme, which is taught in English, is based on the most recent economic theories on micro and macroeconomics, enabling students to acquire an in-depth understanding of economic development issues, to develop analytical skills and methods in applied research on poverty, inequality, labour, credit and gender issues. The methodology used is interactive and task-based giving students the opportunity to use their knowledge in practical situations. A two-month internship at the end of the programme (see list of available internships) allows participants to use their newly acquired skills and knowledge in renowned institutions, government and non-government bodies, etc. 1 - 2
University of Rome Tor Vergata-CEIS: Centre for Economic and International Studies Director Prof Marco Meneguzzo; Co-director Prof. Leonardo Becchetti & Dr. Alessandro Messina The Master in Management of Non Profit Organizations (& Social Enterprises) teaches courses on Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship for Development. The master program is taught in Italian language and has an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together experiences in economic, environmental and social policy through the perspective of three main modules of specialization: Finance for Third Sector and Microcredit; Immigration and Cultural Mediation; Administration, Accounting and Contracting for Non Profit Organizations. It aims to catalyze ideas, projects and experiences, stimulating dissemination of expertise and experiences among universities, third sector and social enterprises. The Master is addressed to those who wish to deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge on issues related to the third sector, social entrepreneurship, local development and social inclusion. The Master is INPDAP certified (iniziativa Homo sapiens sapiens – formazione universitaria, postuniversitaria e professionale), offering 17 scholarships for the academic year 2011/ 2012. The participants will have the possibility of doing specific internships, by different institutions/ non profit organizations at national or international level. The course provides internships at ‘Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali’; ‘DG Volontariato’; ‘Regione Lazio’; ‘Fondazione con il Sud’; ‘Banca Etica’; ‘Federcasse’; and at EU level- London South Bank University (UK), Austria and Switzerland. 1 - 2
MAIB Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) Department. - The Advanced Specialised Course in Sustainable Agriculture The Advanced Specialised Course in Sustainable Agriculture is co-organised, since 2001, by CIHEAM-MAIB and the Italian Cooperation to Development ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Directorate for Cooperation to Development). It contributes to capacity building of professionals from developing and in transition countries in agricultural processes for natural resource conservation, poverty reduction, food security. This learning platform, created in the framework of the course activities, intends to provide the course participants with a tool to facilitate the learning process, contribute to networking and, at the same time, for disseminating the course generated knowledge to a wide range of actors involved in sustainable agriculture development. 1 - 2
University Sapienza - Rome, Emanuela Varinetti, Politiche di sviluppo agricolo nel Senegal Contemporaneo Nuovi paradigmi per la valorizzazione del mondo rurale 2 - 2
University of Roma Tre - Faculty of Economics - Rome, Food Security: Definition,Four dimensions,History, George-André Simon Basic readings as an introduction to Food Security. In order to clarify the concepts of food security, we use, as a starting point, the definition approved by the World Food Summit in 1996 and seek to explain the four dimensions of food security, identifying at the same time what has so far been missing in the utilization of the definition of food security. 2 - 2
Punjabi University, Professional Education in Punjab: Exclusion of rural students, Ranjit S. G., Sukhwinder S., Jaswinder S. B. This study has made a serious attempt to estimate the number and proportion of rural students in the professional education sector of Punjab. It has also made a comprehensive and objective assessment of some peculiar issues related to rural students such as their school background; academic achievements; motivators’ role; parents’ education, occupation and their current income levels; fees and funds paid by them; etc. 2 - 2
Punjabi University, Status of local agricultural labour in Punjab, Ranjit S. G., Inderjeet S., Lakhwinder S. Various studies have pointed out both positive and negative impacts of migratory labour on the socio-economic aspects of local labour and also on the economy of Punjab. The present work is an attempt to capture the socio-economic adjustment process of the local agricultural labour in response to large scale influx of migrant labour in Punjab. 2 - 2
Punjabi University, Rural Students in Universities of Punjab, Ranjit S. G., Sukhwinder S., Jaswinder S. B. The present study has made a serious attempt to estimate the number of rural students in the universities of Punjab and their regional centres. It has also made a comprehensive and objective assessment of some peculiar issues related to rural students such as their school background, academic achievements, motivators’ role, parents’ education, occupation and their current income levels, fees and funds paid by them, etc. 2 - 2
M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Operation 2015: An Integrated Approach to Achieving UN MDG 1 in the Koraput Region of Odisha   2 - 2
University "La Sapienza" Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Aspetti Geografici del Partenariato della FAO: Education for Rural People (ERP),Ciancarelli Andrea This publication "Aspetti Geografici del Partenariato della FAO: Education for Rural People" (Geographical aspects of an FAO Parthership: Education for Rural People) describes and analyzes the work of FAO since its inception. The book emphasizes in its last part the FAO partnership stressing the importance of education and training with the aim of fighting malnutrition in rural areas. This study is a training tool for capacity development initiatives aimed at educators on rural development, and planners. It is also a useful tool for university professors, students and researchers in the agriculture rural development and education sectors. 2 - 2
University "Roma Tre", Master, Education for Rural People – Main Policy Issues, Ewa Hermanowicz The study gives a clear image of what the partnership Education for Rural People is and what are the main policy issues it has to deal with. 2 - 2
University of Bologna, Faculty of Education Sciences, The project "Education for all" in a rural context in Senegal, Baronio Silvia The study analyzes the causes and conditions of the education for rural people in a College of a rural community of Yene (Senegal). Since education has a direct impact on poverty and hunger, this research is a contribution to knowledge sharing in the program led by FAO called "Education for rural people". 2 - 2
Università degli Studi “ROMA TRE” Department of Economics. Masters in Human Development and Food Security 2010/2011. Thesis: The Challenge of Child Labor to the Achievement of MDG2: Case Study of South-East Nigeria. Student: NWOKORO, Cyril Nnaemeka Supervisor: Burchi, Francesco (Ph.D) This work undertakes to study the depth and breadth of the phenomenon of child labor, assess the progress so far made in the achievement of MDG 2 to see how the former has affected the later and make recommendations based on its findings as to the way forward. There some conscious effort to narrow our discussions down to the particular context of South-East Nigeria. 2 - 2
Università degli Studi "ROMA TRE Faculty of "Economics Masters in Human Development and Food Security 2010/2011. Thesis: Agricultural Biodiversity, Dietary diversity, and child nutritional status: Linkages; social, economic, and cultural conditioning factors in the Lokossa district of Benin In collaboration with Bioversity International. Student: Edgar Wabyona, Advisors: Simon George-Adré (Roma Tre - Master HDFS) Jessica Fanzo (Bioversity International) Utilisation of agricultural biodiversity is declining, straining the ease of diet diversification in households, thus leading to persistent hunger, micronutrient deficiencies, and seemingly to the coexistence of over nutrition in urban areas. In Benin, under nutrition is un-acceptably high, with a stunting rate of over 30%. Agricultural based solutions have been proposed to complement the existing health based approaches. The study explores the linkages among households’ agrobiodiversity, dietary diversity, and nutritional status of children 6 – 59 months, and the socioeconomic mediating factors in Benin. 2 - 4
Università degli Studi “ROMA TRE” Department of Economics. Masters in Human Development and Food Security 2010/2011. Paper:Towards a Food Insecurity Multidimensional Index (FIMI). Student: Marion Napoli. Supervisors: Prof. Pasquale De Muro, Prof. Matteo Mazziotta This study aims to provide a first step towards the development of a multidimensional index to assess countries’ vulnerability to food insecurity across all four dimensions. The Food Insecurity Multidimensional Index (FIMI) will synthetize the four dimensions of food security (availability, access, utilization and stability of food), thus adopting a multidimensional, comprehensive approach. 2 - 2
Centro Studi e Ricerche Interdisciplinari Salus Hominis. Sviluppo iProject Uruguay, Integral development of the rural population. Responsible Claudio M.Berardi Following the second interdisciplinary seminar (cfr.Typo2) on the theme of food and its related interdisciplinary aspects, with the intervention of the Coordinator of the Education for Rural People (FAO) and the collaboration of the Pontifical Theological University, the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality of the Salesian Pontifical University Teresianum and the Faculty of Philosophy, the Pontifical Faculty of Science of Education "Auxilium" and the Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension (OEKC) of FAO, the project "Uruguay, Integral development of the rural population." was launched with the aim to support rural population, taking into account certain basic criteria (cfr.Typo1) for the respect of people and culture. The project’s objective is the development of the town of Treinta y tres (Uruguay) and it provides for a feasibility study and a subsequent operational phase (see Typo3). 3 - 2 factsheets 1,2,3,4, board meeting and summary summary sheet
Challenges for international agricultural research, CGIAR, by Sirkka Immonen The paper presents the Public research for development by CGIAR, the characteristics of research and results and impact 2 - 2