First step of Armaiti project

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After gaining experience with several individual student projects first, in June 2018 our first official cooperation with a student group was a fact. A group of seven students from Wageningen Agricultural University, five Dutch students and two international students, build the theoretical foundation for our Armaiti project.

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    Carsten Schep (Manager)

    Carsten Schep (Manager) is a Master student involved in the study program focussing on technique in agriculture, Biosystems Engineering. He has a special interest for agricultural systems and their technological innovations. His focus is on farm technology which also includes a thorough system analysis of any problem.

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    Ellen de Jong (Secretary)

    Ellen de Jong (Secretary) is a second year Master student of Animal Science and specializes in veterinary epidemiology. She has comprehensive knowledge on the dairy sector, especially related to ruminants including dairy cattle.

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    Sabine Reijm (Controller)

    Sabine Reijm (Controller) is a student of the Master International Development Studies. She is following the specialisation ‘sociology of development’. This makes her knowledgeable on all kind of topics related to international development, especially on inclusion and participation of local people, ethics of international development and social sustainability.

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    Knowledge Gweru

    Knowledge Gweru is a student of the Master Management,Consumer Studies. He is following the specialisation ‘Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy’. He has the know-how on the linkage between the farmers and extension workers. He comes from Zimbabwe and has relevant experience in agricultural development.

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    Hazal Polat

    Hazal Polat is studying Plant Science. She is half Iranian and has valuable general knowledge on Iran. Her specialization includes soil-plant interactions and nutrient management on agricultural land.

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    Mila Thommassen

    Mila Thommassen is a student of the Master International Development Studies. She is following the specialisation ‘sociology of development’ within this Master. She has particular knowledge on how to include local people in international development projects and social sustainability.

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    Anne Vos

    Anne Vos is a student of the Master International Development Studies. She is following the specialisation ‘sociology of development’ within this Master. She has particular knowledge on the sociology of farming, and the inclusion of local actors in development projects.

During their research the students focused on the dairy farming sector in Iran. Their central research questions were:

  1. What forms of sustainable dairy farming are possible in Shiraz area?
  2. What role can the knowledge center play regarding the possibility of adopting sustainable farming?

The result of this research was a well-founded report, which included a description of the current situation of dairy farming in Iran, an analysis of the stakeholders, a description of the desired situation and the roles the knowledge center can play in achieving this desired situation. The study was concluded with a large list of valuable recommendations.

This cooperation with Wageningen Agricultural University has formed the theoretical outline for our Armaiti project. We learned so much about what are important aspects to consider when you want to set up a project like this. The students came with ideas we had not thought of ourselves due to their fresh and neutral point of view.

Working with the Wageningen project group also learned us that working with student groups have certain advantages for both the students in the group and Stichting Simba. Because more people, preferably from different disciplines, work on the project the students can take advantage of each other’s expertise and use that for their future careers. It also results in a more solid report for us, so it is a win-win situation.

Of course we will also continue to work with individual student projects, but the experience with Wageningen project group has learned us to estimate better which of our assignments are more suitable as an individual assignment and which assignments are preferably executed by groups. This is valuable knowledge which also helps future students.

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