Find your thesis or internship

Boerengroep aims to bridge knowledge, experiences, realities and challenges from different actors as a way to strengthen and defend food sovereignty. Find below NGO’s, movements, foundations – feel free to contact them for a thesis topic or internship!

After you have a basic idea of the topic you want to research, contact a supervisor from the chairgroup where you have to do your thesis / internship. Explain you have the idea to bridge science and practice with this topic and ask for supervision. Note: with some chairgroups this is easily approved (e.g. RSO, SDC, FSE), while others might have stricter policies. It is also possible to have two supervisors from different chairgroups.

For students: If you are looking for inspiration for your thesis or internship related to food/soil/agroecology/peasant movements/future farmers or other topics we are working on? Boerengroep has a broad network around the world! Tell us your interest and we’ll try to link you to a contact person. Contact us at st.boerengroep@wur.nl.

For organizations and farmers: PROPOSE A TOPIC. Do you have an interesting topic related to food, farming, agroecological movements etc.? Send us a mail and we’ll post it on our site and in our newsletter: st.boerengroep@wur.nl

Often organizations also share thesis and internship opportunities with us. This is an example of an organization we work with, that often offers thesis opportunities. For more up-to-date information, keep an eye on our vacancy page!

TB

BSc and MSc Thesis opportunity: Challenges and Dreams of young farmers.

Boerengroep is closely working together with the Dutch association Toekomstboeren (Future Farmers), part of La Via Campesina. It all started out of a series of movies on young people in Europe who wanted to start in agriculture again (see FFITS). The film makers – two Wageningen students – decided we need to do more for these inspiring people. Toekomstboeren started with a group of enthusiastic volunteers in Wageningen. It grew out into a big association with several hundred members. The aim of Toekomstboeren is to share inspiring stories from the field, of young people who want to practice what they preach: become an farmer – mostly agroecological. Later on, it was decided to also visualize their struggles, which are mainly:

  • access to land. The land in the Netherlands costs around 80.000 euro per hectare. How are young people going to access land?
  • access to finance.
  • access to knowledge.
  • access to the market.

Would you like to conduct your thesis on the inspiring stories from the field? The struggles of young farmers? Their Dreams? Would you like to contribute by writing short stories or making a video? Feel free to contact Boerengroep and we can discuss thesis opportunities with you, together with the RSO / FSE chairgroup. Contact us via st.boerengroep@wur.nl

 

Here is a list of all kinds of organizations that do interesting stuff, and with which Boerengroep is or has been (in the past 50 years) in contact. If you have questions about this list, or about the connection between Boerengroep and these organizations, don’t hesitate to ask, and send an email to st.boerengroep@wur.nl.

International

Netherlands

France

Belgium

Germany

Spain

Portugal

 UK

Italy

Greece

  • Nea Aгpotikh Kinh εh (NEAK) – New Agricultural Movement of Greece

Austria

Romania

  • Eco Ruralis – in support of organic and traditional farmers

Denmark

Finland

Norway

Georgia

  • Elkana – Biological Farming Association

Colombia

Brazil

  • AS-PTA – Assessoria e Serviços a Projetos em Agricultura Alternativa. AS-PTA’s mission is to support capacity building and institutional policies of family farming organisations so that they increasingly assume a leading role in the formulation and defense of rural development patterns that combine social equity, economic viability and conservation of environmental resources. Read their magazine online

Cuba

  • Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (National Association of Small Farmers)
  • Comités de Defensa de la Revolución (Committees for the Defense of the Revolution)
  • Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (National Labor Trade Union of Cuba)
  • Federación de Mujeres Cubanas (Federation of Cuban Women)
  • Movimiento Cubano por la Paz y la Soberanía de los Pueblos (Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples)
  • Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples)
  • Red En Defensa de la Humanidad-Cuba (Network In Defense of Humanity – Cuba)
  • Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas (Union of Young Communists)
  • Federación Estudiantil Universitaria (University Students’ Federation)
  • Organización Continental Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Estudiantes (Latin American and Caribbean Continental Students’ Organization)
  • Organización de Solidaridad de los Pueblos de África, Asia y América Latina (Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America)

USA

Agriculture

Access to Land

Right of Indigenous Peoples:

AgroBiodiversity

ArcheNoah
Bingenheimer Satgut
Stichting Zaadgoed

Chain

Biokennis
Social Trade Organisation
Stichting Hemmens Land

Sustainable Living

Ecovillage Design Education
Vereniging Aardehuis

Society

Milieudefensie
Both Ends
Stichting Alert
Transition Towns
X min Y
Studium Generale

NGOs

ASEED Europe
De Nieuwe Tuin
Land Grabbing
Nederlandse Akkerbouw Vakbond (NAV)
Werkgroep Landbouw en Inkomen
Werkgroep voor een Rechtvaardige en Verantwoorde Landbouw (WERVEL)

Training & Education

PTC+
Wageningen UR
Farm Experience Internship (FEI), Wageningen university
Warmonderhof, school for bio dynamic farming/gardening

Food

Kaas van Brandrood vee in Ede
Voedselverspilling
World Food Day in the Netherlands
Landwijzer

Info for Social Movements

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Boerengroep at the ‘Activist Village’ of Neil Young, during his tour “The Monsanto Years”, July 2016, Ziggo Dome.