On Thursday 26 February 2015 he gave a lunch seminar at the Knowledge Technology and Innovation (KTI) Group. In his presentation, Josey talked about his PhD work as well as the PARASITE project. He gave a introduction on the challenges posed by parasitic weeds and how the Parasite programme aims to address them. He also spoke about the objectives of the postdoc research (sub-project 4) and how it is contributing to a better understanding of governance issues in the provision of crop protection services.
The full presentation can be found here.
Josey Kamanda, a Kenyan national, joined the PARASITE project effective February 1 for a period of 8 months. Building on Marc’s work, he will feed back results to stakeholders and use participatory methods to identify the institutional changes required at different levels for effective provision of crop protection services. His work will also strengthen linkages with subproject 2 (agronomy and management strategies) by deepening analysis on the governance challenges associated with implementation of specific prevention and control strategies for parasitic weeds, and how they can be addressed.
Josey carried out his PhD research at the University of Hohenheim where he held a scholarship from the Food Security Centre. He was supervised by Prof. Regina Birner (Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development). The research analyzed the comparative advantage of CGIAR centres vis-a-vis other actors in agricultural research for development. He conducted empirical analysis at the legume improvement program of ICRISAT with case studies in India, Malawi and Ethiopia. Prior to joining the University of Hohenheim, he worked as a Dutch-funded APO (Institutional Innovation Specialist) at ICRISAT based in Hyderabad, India. Josey has a multidisciplinary background having obtained an M.Sc. in Technology Management (Surrey, UK) and B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (JKUAT, Kenya). Josey spent his first month in Wageningen before relocating to AfricaRice in Dar es Salaam where he will be based in the next months.
Link to personal website/ page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseykamanda