Awarded: Research Contributing to Poverty and Hunger Reduction in Practice

On Tropentag 2012, three young scientists are each awarded 10 000 Euro for their excellent doctoral dissertation directly applicable to the enhancement of food security and poverty reduction. The Joseph G. Knoll European Science Award 2012 is funded by the Fiat Panis Foundation. Tropentag 2012 Infos on the theses With her thesis on “Implementation and Optimization of the Doubled Haploid Technology for Tropical Maize Breeding Programs”, Dr. Vanessa Prigge helped to exploit maize genetics more effectively, by increasing production rates and reducing breeding times. Concerned with the “Operational Poverty Targeting by Proxy Means Tests Models and Policy Simulations for Malawi”, Dr. Nazaire Houssou investigated how to reduce poverty by more effective targeting and avoiding inefficiencies by leaking money to the non- poor. In her thesis, “Determinants and Impacts of Smallholder Collective Action in Kenya”, on the micro level, Dr. Elisabeth Fischer identified under which conditions farmers join smallholder collectives and assessed impacts on the role of women and food security. Selection criteria The three work pieces were deemed attractive and applicable for developing countries as well as able to send direct messages to governments and industries. Another important aspect all theses had in common was their transferability to other countries. For you, we asked them how they felt after being awarded, what were the most important experiences they made during their research and what they are doing now. Here, the awardees present some of the challenges they faced and also give some advices how to deal with obstacles and times some things do not go smoothly. Read here what they have to say about the real value of their prize.


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