Ruth Haug is Professor of Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and began her professional career working nationally and internationally within the field of rural development. At the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ruth Haug was Deputy Vice Chancellor in the period 2008-20013, and before that she was heading the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) for seven years. Her field of expertise is within rural development with focus on agriculture, food and livelihood security; conflicts and forced migration; climate change and management of natural resources; agricultural extension and community development; and gender issues in development. Ruth Haug has research, teaching and consultancy experience in Africa and Asia, and has worked with NORAD, the World Bank, the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture. She has supervised many M.Sc and Ph.D students and has a good publication record. Ruth Haug has been and still is member of several boards and has been involved in many international policy processes in relation to food and agriculture. In particular, she has been representing Norway in CGIAR meetings in the period 1995 to 2012 and has been a member of the CGIAR Fund Council. She is a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Board of Trustees until the end of 2017. Starting in 2016, she is also a board member of International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). She has also been representing Norway in several FAO meetings and is a member of the Svalbard Seed Vault Council.
Haug, R. (2016). Emergency preparedness and early recovery for enhanced food security in Africa. Noragric report 79. Norwegian University of Life Sciences. pp 1-46.
Haug, R., J.P. Hella, S. Nchimbi-Msolla, D.L. Mwaseba, and G. Synnevag (2016). If technology is the answer, what does it take? Development in Practice. 26:3 pp 375-386 (DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2016.1151478).
Haug, R. (2016). From Ujamaa to Big results now: Sustainable transformation of Tanzanian agriculture? In: Ruttan, L et al. (Eds.) Climate Change and Multi-Dimensional Sustainability in African Agriculture. Book Chapter 25. The Netherlands: Springer. pp 467-482.
Kiberiti, B.S.; Sanga, C.A.; Mussa, S.D.; Tumbo, M.R.S.; Haug, R. (2016). Farmers’ Access and Use of Mobile Phones for Improving the Coverage of Agricultural Extension Service: A Case of Kilosa District, Tanzania. International Journal of ICT Research in Africa and the Middle East. Vol 5(1) pp 35-48.
Sanga, C.S.; Phillipo, J.; Mlozi, M.R.S.; Haug, R.; Tumbo, S.D. (2016). Crowdsourcing platform ‘Ushaurikilimo’ enabling questions answering between farmers, extension agents and researchers. International Journal of instructional technology and distance learning. Vol 13 (10) pp 19-29.
Cunningham, P., E. Banda, H. Bernard, R. Haug, K.J.Kurzydlowski, D. Lacey, H. Lindberg, M. Makarow, L. Tsipouri, and D. Urge-Vorsatz. (2015). Ex-Post evaluation of the direct actions of the joint research centre under the seventh framework program 2007-2013. Technical report. European Commission.
Nchimbi-Msolla, S., J.P. Hella, R. Haug, D.L. Mwaseba, G. Synnevag, and A.M. Mwasha. (2015). Assessment of the impact of seed policies on availability and accessibility of improved seeds of staple crops by smallholder farmers in Tanzania. EPINAV research report. Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania. pp 1-78.
Projects & research
ProjectsInnovations in Technology, Extension and Institutional Approaches towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems to Promote Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (InnovAfrica)The project aims to improve food and nutrition security by integrating sustainable agricultural intensification systems and innovative institutional approaches to increase income and enhance smallholder adaptive capacity in Sub-Sahara Africa.The project brings together scientist from NMBU, Makerere and Juba to generate knowledge on the Sudd wetland and in the process, build academic and research capacity at the University of Juba.