|As of May 2017, I am working with N2Africa as a research assistant, doing data management and analysis and supporting any kind of N2Africa activities. I am very happy and grateful to be part of the N2Africa family! However, I am not a complete stranger because I have been involved in N2Africa since the end of 2015 through my internship and thesis, as part of my MSc Organic Agriculture at Wageningen University.
I worked together with many of you during my field work in the Eastern and South Western highlands of Uganda when I was interviewing farmers about improved climbing bean technologies on adaptation trials, late in 2015. The East African highlands stole my heart, so I returned several months later to the Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania to study maize-bean intercropping systems, again cooperating a lot with N2Africa staff. Those events have been great learning opportunities. It fascinates me to identify direct and indirect drivers that influence sustainable intensification in a challenging socio-economic environment and climate. I want to contribute to improving the livelihoods of tropical smallholders. I am eager to learn and develop my skills in doing research and data analysis, and I am looking forward to working together with you!
Eva Thuijsman, Wageningen University & Research