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PENHA represented at the Young Researchers Meeting for Rural Transformation

PENHA Interim Director and PhD Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London Mr. Bereket Tsegay has presented a paper titled as ‘Financialisation of nature for rural transformation: Implications for global climate change mitigation and reducing poverty among the farmers in Ethiopia’ at the Young Researchers Meeting on Rural Transformation: Challenges and possibilities for rural communities held at Uppsala from June 7th to 8th 2018.

The event organised by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), SLU Global, the Nordic Africa Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre of Stockholm University was launched with an opening seminar made by  Mr Lisandro Martin from IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with the title of ‘The challenges of rural development: IFAD’s role in assisting smallholder farmers’. After explaining the IFAD modalities, the IFAD Director West and Central Africa Division and the Acting Director of the Operational Policy and Results Division (OPR) Mr. Martin emphasised the links between the local and global development challenges and their potential solutions.

Following the opening seminar, 17 paper presented and a discussion was conducted in three thematic areas:

1. Agrarian change. Small holder agriculture and trajectories of agrarian change. 

2. Migration and urban-rural linkages.  How does increased mobility, flows of remittances and non-farm incomes affect rural economies? 

3. Climate change and resource degradation. Compounding pressure on natural resources and effects of global warming. 

The thematic areas were led by senior scientists Grace Wong from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Jesper Bjarnesen from the Nordic Africa Institute and Gert Nyberg from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences respectively. These discussions had created the platform for the researchers to discuss their ideas with the experts on the area and exchange experiences that promote their research works.