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|TAAF aims to maintain person to person contact with its awardees, acting as a professional support agency rather than simply a funding body.
Awardees in the field are encouraged to send regular progress reports to their mentors. These serve to keep the committee informed of the awardees' progress, alert the mentor to any problems that the awardee may have encountered, and enable the mentor - either directly or by calling on other specialist members of TAA - to provide relevant technical and other forms of advice to their mentees.
Uganda, research on farmer groups
Gemma Holloway conducted research on the sustainability of farmer groups in Uganda for her MSc dissertation at the University of Reading in 2010
Lauren Blake examined approaches to malnutrition amongst poor agrarian communities in Guatemala for her MA dissertation on the Anthropology of Food at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
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Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan
James Gould-Bourn has just returned from Iraqi Kurdistan where he was undertaking research on the socio-economic impact of landmines on agriculture.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India
Lydia Cole writes from Kaziranga National Park in Assam, where she has conducted research for her MSc at Oxford University Centre for the Environment..