The 1st Joint Student Workshop at Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR) (2015.03.12-13)

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    The Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR), the Netherlands, and the Graduate School of Economics (GSE) and the Graduate School of Agriculture (GSA), Kyoto University, Japan organise the 1st Joint Student Workshop titled ‘International Graduate Workshop on Food, Farm and Rural Development’ at WUR on March 12 and 13, 2015.

    Programme [ PDF file (168KB) ]

    Thursday, March 12

    Opening (9.00 – 10.00)
        Opening by Dr. Joost Jongerden
        Welcome address by Prof. Han Wiskerke 
            (Chair of the Rural Sociology Group, WUR)
        Welcome address by Prof. Shuji Hisano
            (Director of the AGST, Kyoto University)

    Panel 1 (10.00 – 12.00)
    Rural Development and Knowledge production (Chair Joost Jongerden)

    Nikolas Stüdemann (WUR-SDC)
    Neoliberal governance and rural development in a political conflict context:
    the case of Mapuche-Lavkenche communities in Arauco Province, Bio Bio Region, Chile

    Zhai, Yalei (KU-GSE-EA)
    Opium eradication and alternative development in border areas of Myanmar:
    strategies to eliminate rural poverty through development of non-farm employment

    Soutrik Basu (WUR-RSO)
    Knowledge production, commons and development:
    the case of Generation Challenge Programme (GCP)

    Mithun Bantwal Rao (WUR-RSO)
    Of Methodology: a paradigmatology of technical artifacts

    Lunch (12.00 – 13.00)

    Panel 2 (13.00 – 15.00)
    Food Regime and Alternative Food Networks (Chair Prof. Shuji Hisano)

    Midori Hiraga (KU-GSE)
    Japanese contribution to making soybean a global commodity:
    political and economic forces behind the significant growth of soybean production in Manchuria, Brazil, and Mozambique

    Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya (KU-GSE-EA)
    Drawing the Food Regime in the Philippines:
    the case of Nestlé’s business strategy and discourse for the BoP society

    Jung, Sungwoong (KU-GSE-EA)
    Sustainable food consumption as an alternative to market-driven agri-food system:
    focusing on needs assessment of Hansalim co-ops members in South Korea over consuming environmentally-friendly food 

    Simona D’Amico (WUR-RSO)
    Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) in Calabria. A sociological exploration of their dynamics:
    implications for their identities and roles 

    Break (15.00-15.30)

    Panel 3 (15.30 – 17.00)
    Food Security and Food Sovereignty (Chair Prof. Han Wiskerke)

     Yang, Xing (KU-GSE-EA)
    Impacts of food security policy and migratory workers on China’s agricultural development

    Susanne Maenen (WUR-RSO)
    The daily realities of peasant resistance in the food sovereignty versus food security discourse: a case study of Philipino peasants strategies in the conflict following the push for Golden Rice

    Anom Sigit Suryawan (KU-GSE-EA)
    Beyond certificates and labels:
    implications of the Law on Halal Product Assurance for food security in Indonesia


    Friday, March 13

    Panel 4A (09.00 – 10.30)
    Recognition and Behaviour of Agri-food Actors (Chair John Lambino)

    Ryo Iwahashi (KU-GSA)
    Alternative model of achieving organic and reduced pesticide agricultural production:
    a case of the Kinokawa Agricultural Co-ops in Japan

    Esther Veen (WUR-RSO)
    Community gardening in The Netherlands:
    building social relations in alternative food networks?

    Kaoru Yamano (KU-GSA)
    Effect of information of consumers’ recognition of eggs from rice-fed chicken

    Break (10.30 – 10.45)

    Panel 4B (10.45 – 11.45)
    Recognition and Behaviour of Agri-food Actors (Chair John Lambino)

    Ron Methorst (WUR-RSO)
    Farmers’ perception of their opportunities for farm development – an empirical study

    Ke, Jinghan (KU-GSE-EA)
    Pesticide use behaviour of Chinese vegetable farmers and the influencing factors:
    a case study in Henan Province

    Closure (11.45-12.00) by Han Wiskerke

    Lunch (12.00 – 13.00)

    Excursion (13.30 – 17.00)


    [ Report ]

    On the tenth of March, eight PhD students and one graduate student from the Graduate School of Economics and the Graduate School of Agriculture went to The Netherlands. The students from both departments were under the supervision of Prof. Shuji Hisano, director of the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability and Transcultural Studies, and Dr. Motoki Akitsu. Furthermore, five other staff members joined this delegation with its main goal: the participation in the ‘International Graduate Workshop on Food, Farm and Rural Development’. This workshop was organized by the WUR (University of Wageningen), the Graduate School of Economics and the Graduate School of Agriculture (Kyoto University).

    The workshop took place on March 12 and March 13, in which – mostly – PhD students and graduate students from Kyoto University as well as the WUR gave presentations about their research. The students were from several different nationalities, the students from Kyoto University; Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Korean and Indonesian. The students from the WUR were; Dutch, German and Italian. Because of this, the workshop can be considered as internationally orientated, by the various research topics about food and agricultural developments in different countries.

    The presentations were divided in five different panels; these panels of specialism were represented by a chairman. These chairmen were professors from either Kyoto University or the WUR. They gave a brief introduction of their field of research before the presentations of the students. After the presentations there was space for discussion. From the almost 40 participants in total, everyone was free to ask something about the research topic or the methodology of the research, presented by the student. By doing this, the student could show his/her knowledge or improve their research by the given remarks.

    The second panel was called: ‘Food Regime and Alternative Food Networks’. This panel was led by Prof. Hisano as chairman, because of his vast knowledge of these subjects. In his role as chairman, he was able to give a good introduction of these subjects.

    Professor Han Wiskerke, chairman of the Rural Sociology Group of the WUR, gave an end speech after the last presentation. He concluded that the workshop has shown a great diversity of research topics with good discussions afterwards. The cooperation between the WUR and Kyoto University, with its backgrounds, has shown that the sharing of knowledge is very useful and opens new possibilities for research.

    Besides the workshop, some time was made for cultural activities in The Netherlands. The students from Kyoto University as well as the staff members have visited certain famous Dutch cities. On March 11, the students went to visit the oldest city in The Netherlands, Nijmegen. By doing this they learnt something about the history and culture of that city. In the meantime the staff members brought visits to some cultural ‘hotspots’ in Utrecht. On March 14, as well as the students as the staff members went to the main capital of The Netherlands (Amsterdam). Also this trip stood in the framework of history and culture.

    On March 15, the delegation of Kyoto University turned back to Japan, satisfied with the great intellectual and cultural experience.



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