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Name MA Slingerland

Job details
Descriptionassociate professor
OrganizationDepartment of Plant Sciences
Organization UnitPlant Production Systems
Phone+31 317 483 512
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Phone 2
Fax+31 317 484 892
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Visiting addressBornsesteeg 48
Postal addressPostbus 430
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    Apr 2022 - Present


Maja Slingerland has a Master degree in tropical animal production systems (1988, with distinction) and PhD degree in mixed crop-livestock farming systems in west Africa (2000), both at Wageningen University. She has been teaching in Van Hall Larenstein Deventer (1989-91) and worked 3 years(1991-93) as SNV employee with FAO in a community forest management program  in Mali. Immediately after she worked for 6 years in Burkina Faso at Wageningen University  outreach station (1993-99) as coordinator natural resource management programme and director. She initiated and supervised Bachelor, Master and PhD studies and coordinated the interdisciplinary  research programme. Furthermore she was financial and administrative manager of the outreach station. Back in Wageningen she initiated and coordinated large  interdisciplinary research programmes: micronutrients (China, Benin, Burkina Faso); competing claims on natural resources (southern Africa and Brazil) and sustainable oilpalm (Indonesia and Thailand), She was member of the steering committee of WU strategic funded interdisciplinary programmes "Scaling and Governance" and "Smart and Sustainable Food production", but also of several NWO-WOTRO funded programmes. Her interest is in food security  and sustainable development with farming systems as unit  of  analysis, and she likes to work on these subjects with the social sciences. She initiates and supervises PhD, Master and Bachelor studies, partipates in public debates and publishes in scientific and popular journals. She initiated and coordinates two interdisciplinary  courses (global food security and advanced bioresources) and gives guest lecturesin a diversity  of other courses at Wageningen University  and Van Hall Larenstein, but  also for other agrarian bachelor and professional master studies and for high schools. Since 10 years she works intensively on oil plam and  cocoa production systems in South East Asia and West Africa.

Expert Profile
  • initiate, coordinate and conduct interdisciplinary research, team player, make meaningfull connections between societal problems and relevant scientific disciplines to work towards solutions, constructively participate to reaching larger goals, solidarity towards colleagues, deliver contributions as expected or more than expected/demanded/requested, succesful acquisition of smaller and larger projects/programmes, motivate and inspire students, initiate and supervise BSC, MSc and PHD studies, publication skills, translate scientific findings into policy relevant recommendations, presentation skills (speaking in public), financial and administrative programme management skills

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Initiation, coordination and teahcing in PPS-31306 Global food security and in PBR-37306 Advanced Bioresources. Contribution to initiation, design and implementation of the module Food Access as part of the MOOC series Food Security and Sustaianability. The module is offerd as CPT-57302.

Guest lectures in::

  • Introduction to Nutrition and Health in Developing countries
  • Analysing Sustainability of Farming Systems
  • In Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied sciences: Food security module
  • Courses for PhD candidates and for professionals  organised by  WCDI or Wageningen Academy
  • CPT-57302 - Food Security and Sustainability: Food Access
  • HNH-26806 - Introduction to Global Nutrition and Health
  • PBR-37306 - Advanced Bioresources
  • PPS-30806 - Analysing Sustainability of Farming Systems
  • PPS-50806 - Capita Selecta Plant Production Systems
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