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As I explained last week, I am representing the Rural Sociology Group in a case study summer programme organized by Can Tho University's Mekong Delta Development Research Institute. [caption id="attachment_1734" align="alignleft" width="300"]Meeting with district representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Meeting with district representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development[/caption] On Friday, August 7th, the Case Study group visited two areas in the Soc Trang province of Vietnam. The first stop was a visit to a district office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Here, students and staff were able to ask officials questions related to their selected research topics and interests. One policy initiative we learnt about was a plan to increase the number of dairy cows in rural areas as a poverty reduction strategy. This programme stems from the national Agricultural Restructuring Plan where key crops and animals were identified, dairy cows being one of them. [caption id="attachment_1735" align="alignright" width="300"]Pigs for bio gas and food Pigs for bio gas and food[/caption] From there we moved to My Xuyen district where food production is centred on upland crops. We visited two farms here. The first had cows and pigs and were producing bio gas. In this family, the husband undertook farm labour and the wife worked a government job.

Peck and Tickell observe that under the "asymmetrical scale politics of neoliberalism, local institutions and actors [are] being given responsibility without power, while international institutions and actors [are] gaining power without...

This looks like a great opportunity. If I was not teaching that week, I would certainly apply. Application deadline: 15 July 2015 The 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security will feature...

Yesterday I wrote about the advice my friends would have liked to have received at the start of their PhD journeys. I presented by own experiences last night to a nice...

I was recently asked to a group of potential PhD candidates about my own experiences during and after my PhD. I think in many ways, my PhD was one of the more positive stories I have heard. I would do it again in a heartbeat (I often lament that it was too short). I had taken time off before starting and went back motivated and sure of what I wanted to get out of the process and where I wanted to end up. I had amazing supervisors, an engaging research project that connected with with inspiring supervisors and good funding. I had the tough job of choosing between a post-doc or a tenure track job both at amazing institutions.

The editors and contributors of the special issue argue that to advance the theory and practice of food sovereignty,  new frameworks and analytical methods are needed to move beyond binaries— between urban and rural, gender...