PhD student vacancy on Climate-Resilient Maize Demand in Ethiopia

_IMA_LOG_WURPhD student vacancy on Post-Harvest Factors Influencing Climate-Resilient Maize Seed Demand in Ethiopia



The Management Studies Group (MST) at Wageningen University is seeking a Sandwich PhD candidate in Business Management and Economics as part of the research program within the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation).

Despite the evidence currently produced through current research projects funded by USAID both in the areas of farmers’ adoption for improved maize seed varieties and for post-harvest loss technologies, a persisting knowledge gap relates to the question: how does post-harvest and maize market information influence farmers’ demand for improved maize seeds?

Deadline: July 30th, 2015

From a value chain and network perspective, downstream transactions and innovations have strong influence on the upstream product and information flow. Thus, bottlenecks in storing, transporting and marketing maize after harvest may significantly affect farmers’ demand for improved maize seed varieties.

Against this background, the PhD candidate will undertake research with two key objectives:

  1. to analyze the existing maize storage business models available in selected districts of Ethiopia (Research Phase 1)
  2. to test the impact of information on the available maize storage business models on farmers’ choices for improved maize seed varieties (Research Phase 2).

The PhD will collect data in Ethiopia (in collaboration with CIMMYT and under the supervision of a team of MST Group faculty) already during the first year of her/his program.

Interested candidates please find additional information in the official call: Ethiopia PhD on CRM announcement

and send you expression of interest to Dr. Domenico Dentoni  ( by July 3oth, 2015



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Posted on July 25, 2015, in News from GCFSI, Thesis opportunities and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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