Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana

is calling for Applications for Intensive Residential Training on:  Political Economy of Food and Agriculture.

 

Background 

Whiles the Africa food systems depends largely on smallholder producers, their voices, needs and concerns are hardly prioritized in national policies. They are rarely consulted about decisions on how food from farmgate gets to the consumer or about their needs to support production and trade. At most, they are invited at the tail end of the policy making cycle as participants, just to fulfil the inclusivity criteria. At an international level, the voices of small producers are virtually non-existent, with markets dominated by large multinationals in food trade, processing, manufacture and more recently retail. It is also evident of catalogue of various researches conducted on food systems and rural development in Africa which are usually ends up in paywalled journals, produced by, and accessible to those in former-colonial-imperialist nations (or, “Nations of the Global North”). This type of academic research is hardly access by the general populations and cannot inform policy options capable of helping smallholder farmers.
For these reasons, the Peasant Farmer Association of Ghana for the first time is collaborating with the Leeds University from UK and academics at the University for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast and the University of Ghana to implement research project with funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to conduct two weeks intensive residential training and three months intensive programme for early career researchers aiming at addressing this age long paradigm. A parallel, process is being followed by the largest peasant Farmers’ organization in Tanzania along with academics from the University Dar es Salaam, and the Sokoine University of Agriculture.
This training and the research internship scholarship programme aims at strengthening the research skills of young scholars and activists who are interested in working with farmer organisations in the longer term. The broader idea is to support the training of the next generation of Ghanaian researchers who can help develop alternative visions of food and agricultural production, with a focus on food sovereignty and more equitable national and international development.

Timeline
Applications should be sent in electronic form not later than 20th October, 2021 at midnight (GMT).
Please send your statement of interest and CV in one document, in either Word or PDF format to info@peasantfarmers.com with the subject “APPLICATION AS EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER”

This is a rigid deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
Only successful applicants will be notified. We are really sorry we cannot provide individual feedback on your application.

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