Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Politics and International Relations
Nancy Neiman Auerbach
© 2013 Madeline C. Sheldon
Before leaving to study abroad in Kathmandu, I was excited to learn about Nepal’s agriculture industry. As one who focuses her studies on food politics, learning that Nepal is an agrarian country was very intriguing; Nepal is agrarian to such as extent that about 80% of its citizens gain their livelihood from farming, over 30% of the GDP derives from agriculture, and most people grow their own food. I expected to learn about the culture and strategy surrounding producing food in a different yet effective way.
For my final research project while in Nepal, I chose to investigate Nepal’s potato industry and how concurrent government agricultural policies play out in the field - literally. After months of gaining experience and research, my previous vision of sustainable agriculture and happy valleys was turned upside down.
Sheldon, Madeline C., "Agricultural Development in Nepal: Analyzing the Struggle to Modernize" (2013). Scripps Senior Theses. 303.
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