The Forest and Agricultural Academy’s meeting on December 13, 2018, a total of 23 new members were elected, of which seven were in the Agriculture Department. The five Swedish members who were elected to the Agriculture Department are Linley Chiwona-Karltun, Uppsala; Erik Hartman, Alunda; Christian Hidén, Säffle; Lars Olsson, Enköping; and Lena Åsheim, Kristianstad. In addition, two foreign members were elected: Shane Hamill, Dublin, Ireland and Tom Kelly, Tipperary, Ireland.
The Academy’s Agricultural Department is working on issues relating to production, processing and market in theory and practice including specific education and advisory issues in agriculture, gardening and veterinary medicine, and such environmental issues related to the sector’s sectoral responsibility.
Linley Chiwona-Karltun, born 1963, is an Associate Professor at SLU’s city and country institution. She has worked in various capacities during her career to improve the life and work of African female bands. In her research, among other things at SLU, she has mainly focused on cassava, a crop that in many parts of Africa is the most important staple crop, and which is mainly grown by female farmers. Today, there is a greater interest in cassava as key crop when it comes to combating poverty, in order to achieve food security in Africa and to create opportunities for women as small farmers and entrepreneurs.