Agricultural Economists Meet the Mark
Agricultural Economics Lecturer and PhD Student Ms Grany Senyolo attended the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) in Accra, Ghana, in September 2013 where she and two other UKZN postgraduate students, as well as one post-doctoral researcher, presented a selection of their PhD research results in poster and oral presentations.
Senyolo presented her poster on the topic of indigenous leafy vegetables which are regarded as “poor man’s food” by some and are also the subject of recent research in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
The value of the research being accomplished by the Agricultural Economics Discipline as a whole was also recognised at the 2013 national Conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) held at Bela Bela in Limpopo Province.
Professor Gerald Ortmann, Dr Lloyd Baiyegunhi, Senyolo and six postgraduate students presented papers.
Two Agricultural Economics students won awards - Mr Stanley Sharaunga, supervised by Dr Edilegnaw Wale and Dr Maxwell Mudhara, won the second best Masters thesis award while PhD student, Mr Majola Mabuza, won second prize in the best paper award category. This paper was co-authored by Dr M Sithole from the HSRC, and staff members Dr Edilegnaw Wale, Ortmann and Mr Mark Darroch.
These achievements reinforce the fact that the Agricultural Economics Discipline at UKZN, which has regularly won awards at national level, is producing quality research and graduates.
- Christine Cuénod