Project SP17g: Literature review on malanga as a key crop for food security in northern Nicaragua

Project SP17g: Literature review on malanga as a key crop for food security in northern Nicaragua
Researcher: Megan Baumann mpb5482@psu.edu
Position type: Literature review/human-environment geography
Scope: 45-90 hours of work during the semester for 1-2 credits
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016
Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

Project and position description

This project entails a literature review of research in ethnobotany, geography, and related fields on the importance of malanga (Colocasia esculenta antiquorum) to food security in Latin America. Malanga is a tuber grown in farm areas too moist for agroforestry or annual crops. Malanga is a crucial nutritional element in food insecure households, serving as a food of last resort. The literature review will contribute to a paper outline to be completed after summer 2017 field research in Nicaragua. Work products will include an Excel spreadsheet and an accompanying Word document with short summaries of relevant academic articles (approximately 30-40 expected); a two-page summary of findings and gaps in literature as well as possible similar studies of other crops (methods, sample size, literatures engaged) will be due by mid-April 2017.

Desired qualifications

Candidates should have an interest in human-environment geography, and possess good organizational and writing skills. Ideally, candidates should have completed ENGL 15 (or equivalent) and GEOG 30 with grades of B or higher.

To apply

Prospective candidates should complete the application form at http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5:00 p.m. on the indicated date. Follow all instructions.