Misconceptions · Old blog

Misconception #2: The rich people from abroad

I am from Romania, one of those Eastern European countries that people either don’t know they exist or they confuse it with another one (the capital is Bucharest, not Budapest). Millions of Romanians left in the past years to work abroad. Doctors, teachers, construction workers. You name it, they’re abroad working. This happened because the average salary in Romania is of about 390 Euros/month, money with which you need to pay rent (or a credit for a house/apartment), utilities and buy food.

In 2012, I left abroad to work. I got a 2-year contract as a postdoc researcher in a Belgian university. I earned a little over 2,000 Euros/month. For Wallonia (the French part of Belgium), the salary was decent. We could rent a nice apartment with almost everything we needed. READ MORE

Academia · Blog · Old blog

Academia #6: The image of the rural entrepreneur

The image of the person willing to start a business in the rural environment appears idealistic, the rural entrepreneur being considered “independent, capable of taking chances, results-oriented, optimistic, confident in their powers, hardworking and innovative”. Also, it was noted that rural entrepreneurship should be clearly focused on creating new workplaces by implementing investments in rural communities.

Courtesy of ISBE UK
Courtesy of ISBE UK

In essence, rural entrepreneurship represents that type of entrepreneurship that is able to offer added value to all type of rural resources (natural, material, financial,human) in rural areas rendering in this process mainly rural-based human resources.


frenchclass · Old blog

#FrenchClass revival: checking other countries

Due to personal reasons, yesterday I had to leave two hours earlier from my French course. Today I looked at the others and the teacher as if they were talking another language. They were, but that`s not the point. I had no idea what they were talking about as most of what we learn is done in the last two hours (out of four).

But, through a very carefully constructed exercise, I was able to get back on track. We did a group exercise. Four people in each group, each of them telling the others what their country is like in terms of time and space (aka school time and vacation, work time, open time in stores etc.).

From what I got, here is what I can share: READ MORE!


Raising hope: Africa feeding Africa

The past week was incredible. A fast paced series of event reported by a great team of social reporters brought together Africa‘s brightest in an attempt to give it the push it needs in order to reach its destiny. Even if many young people say that discussing agriculture and/or policy making is, well, boring, the AASW6 was certainly NOT. Continue reading “Raising hope: Africa feeding Africa”

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The rural-urban divide in #FoodSecurity

For decades now, researchers have noticed a new trend in migration. While 100 years ago, about 85% of all people were living in the countryside, today only 50% of people are living in rural areas. And, as the number of rural inhabitants decreases (with about 180000 people each day), so does the number of people going into agriculture. As I have stated in several previous blog posts, the number of young people going into agriculture is decreasing and we face an ageing population. As an example, in Europe only 6% of all farmers are under 35 years old, while more than 80% are over 55 years old. Continue reading “The rural-urban divide in #FoodSecurity”