The PhD defence ceremony of Florence Kiyimba next Monday in Wageninen will be like a women's happening. Her four opponents are all female scientists, three of whom are professors. A first of its kind.
Florence Kiyumba from Uganda will receive her PhD degree from Professor Paul Richards of the Technology and Agrarian Development Group. Kiyimba studied the introduction of a livestock feed chopper. This apparatus was made available by aid organization Heifer International to reduce the workload of woman farmers in Uganda. While the chopper seemed to work well, it was not always successful because the aid organization had not given enough thought to the social and economical position of the women, declares Kiyimba. Her observations regarding such 'Tools for Women's Empowerment' are found in her thesis with the same title.
Her research will be critically examined by four other women. They are the Wageningen professors Akke van der Zijpp and Anke Niehof, the Amsterdam professor Annemarie Mol and the Nijmegan assistant professor Anouka van Eerdewijk.
Kiyimba is employed by the government service sector for farming research in Uganda, a sort of DLO in this African country.