Specalised in Rural Development and Innovation and having a keen interesting in sustainable plant cultivation I was wondering what research could I do that could help? Please let me know if there is anything I do my thesis on to help you!
I am located in the Netherlands and my expertise are facilitation between different stakeholders
It's probably not the most interesting subject, but supply chain dynamics is very important. How to allow the growers to do what they do best (grow) and still make good money by not losing it to the middle men/women. I see two basic choices right off the bat, and maybe investigating more would be interesting. One is keeping sales within a specific distance from the farm. The second is finding a fast, inexpensive way to get products to market further away. These are currently done, but it's far from ideal.
Also, not everyone that grows stuff likes to interact with the public, so facilitating that in a way that doesn't rob the grower of all the profit would be really useful.
This sounds like it may primarily be a review of the literature. Excuse me, I'm thinking as I write. This will necessitate that peer reviewed literature exists in the first place. Be sure to verify this before you begin. You can offset this to some degree if you can tie into some original work. I suspect that existing resources may end up dictating your topic. Work closely with your advisor. In the end, your advisor will decide what is acceptable.
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Robin has an EXCELLENT idea, particularly considering recent current events. Supply chains are getting looked at, and being able to provide more info about how a flexible supply chain can benefit even smaller farmers, along with specifically how these producers can pivot and quickly plug into different entry points in the market (what is needed, what is lacking, what happens when inputs from other countries are cut off, etc), are going to be hot topics I think.
I think it would be very useful to get and publish some data on the evidence for permaculture. I wanted to include permaculture in a model my PhD, and did a tour of PC farms, but couldn't include it in the end as there was no data. You'd have to pick a few aspects, rather than everything. Actually, an undergrad thesis is probably too short. I've been suggesting a wiki for people to post their own data, but i got overruled by academics who wanted a journal.
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