Successful hybrid doctoral defense of Busha Teshome on cluster analysis for forest and wood-processing industry sector development in Ethiopia

On September 29th 2021, Busha Teshome Tolera from Ethiopia successfully defended his doctoral defense. Busha conducted his research on “Cluster analysis for forest and wood-processing industry sector development in Ethiopia“, which contributed to the WoodCluster project.

Adventure in Tanzania: Fieldwork amid the pandemic

Mambo (what’s up in Swahili)! I’m Kendisha, a doctoral student from Indonesia under the WoodCluster project. This year, amid the pandemic, I was finally able to undertake fieldwork in Tanzania, from March 8th (which is women’s day) until June 5th (environment day). My topic is about the potential role of forest farmers’ organizations in linkingContinue reading “Adventure in Tanzania: Fieldwork amid the pandemic”

“There is nothing small about forest smallholders” – Panel discussion at the 3rd International Forest Policy Meeting

How do institutions affect small-scale forestry at multiple levels? How does the institutional change process drive small-scale forest use/forest management? What could be the future orientations on organizational governance on small-scale forestry? Those are the overarching questions we strived to address during a panel discussion at the online 3rd International Forest Policy Meeting (IFPM3), hostedContinue reading ““There is nothing small about forest smallholders” – Panel discussion at the 3rd International Forest Policy Meeting”

Tanzania National Scenario Workshop within the WoodCluster Project

A scenario workshop involving national-level stakeholders is a vital research activity within the WoodCluster project that tackles the decision-making level. In this unprecedented year of 2020, we are happy that this activity has been successfully implemented. On November 27th 2020, our project partner in Tanzania, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), conducted the National Scenario Workshop inContinue reading “Tanzania National Scenario Workshop within the WoodCluster Project”

WoodCluster and PhytoWood Projects under COVID-19: Challenged to be flexible and focused

Uncertainty is what most people probably feel currently in their private and professional life worldwide. It also characterizes our current work in the WoodCluster and PhytoWood-Synergies projects. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the project flow from one day to the other. After being still confident to postpone activities for a few weeks or a few monthsContinue reading “WoodCluster and PhytoWood Projects under COVID-19: Challenged to be flexible and focused”

Participating in the virtual conference Tropentag 2020

As in every other year, our institute members and students participate in the Tropentag conference. Like other major events in the unprecedented year of 2020, the conference was shifted to be held virtually. This year, beside a student who won the photo competition of Tropentag, our doctoral candidate, La Thi Tham, participated and presented herContinue reading “Participating in the virtual conference Tropentag 2020”