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Key Takeaways from Global Youth Forum 2020 on Cooperative Entrepreneurship

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Some participants of the GYF 2020 in Kuching, Malaysia (©International Cooperative Alliance)

For doctoral candidates, attending continuing training to improve practical skills is essential, so as to not lose sight as what’s happening outside of academia. As my (Kendisha’s) doctoral research within the WoodCluster project is about forestry cooperatives for smallholders, I may have sufficient support for questions regarding the forestry part here in the institute, but not as much in the cooperative part. Thus, I am thankful to have been selected as a participant and to benefit from the trainings on cooperative entrepreneurship during the Global Youth Forum (GYF) 2020 on Cooperative Entrepreneurship. It took place between February 3rd and 7th 2020 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It was organized by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and hosted by Malaysia’s national cooperative body Angkasa.

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Small-scale farm forestry system: Research experience in Mubende, Uganda


James with a 78-year-old man from Nakasozi Village, Mubende District, who plants E. grandis (©Galandi)

I am Galandi James from Makerere University, Uganda. Within the WoodCluster project, I carried out research on wood production from small- to medium-scale Farm Forestry Systems in greater Mubende district, Uganda. Over the years, small- and medium tree planters received limited attention in both academic research and development programs. Despite the contribution from small scale tree farmers in reducing wood product supply gap, major attention has always been given to large-scale tree farmers during research studies causing limited scientific information on how small- and medium-scale tree farmers contribute to wood supply in Uganda. This implies a challenge and gap in research. Read More

My experience as alumna working for the institute as resource person for the master module “Planning at Project and Landscape Scale”

One of our recent alumni and DAAD scholarship holder from Ecuador, Nicole Acosta, contributed to the teaching of the Master program in Tropical Forestry by integrating her master thesis project to the module “Planning at Project and Landscape Scale”. This integration benefits both Nicole and the current students. Nicole reports her experiences in the following article. 

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Corn monocultures in the lowlands of La Libertad parish, the case study site. (© N. Acosta)

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Vacancy: Tutor for the Master Program “Tropical Forestry”

The Chair of Tropical Forestry is looking for a Tutor for the Master Program ‘Tropical Forestry’ from 01.05.2020.

Please see details of this position and how to apply at https://tud.stellenticket.de/de/offers/76005/?search%5Bfulltextsearch%5D=tutor&namespace=jobs_science or the PDF document. 

The deadline for applications is 28.02.2020.

WoodCluster progress on teaching component: Conceptualization of Training of Trainers


Dr. Menfese Tadesse and Alexander Koch presenting ToT concept (©K. Hintz)

The WoodCluster project deliverables consist of two components: Research and Teaching. One of the outputs in the Teaching component is the “Training of Trainers” module. The following reports the progress, the process of which integrates recent empirical research and expertise of our team members.  

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Welcoming Dr. Menfese – a guest scientist from Ethiopia


Dr. Menfese in WoodCluster Field School, Tanzania 2018 (©Domke)

Hi, my name is Dr. Menfese Tadesse and currently I am a guest scientist at the Chair of Tropical Forestry. I am a staff member of Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Ethiopia. I am involved in teaching, research and collaborative projects such as WoodCluster and ClimEtSan (a project on climate smart agriculture with the Forschungszentrum Jülich Institute of Bio- and Geosciences Agrosphere). Read More