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Nteboheng Phakisi

Impact of herbicide use on soil under genetically modified crop production in South Africa

Nteboheng’s PhD investigates farmers’ perspectives on the production of genetically modified (GM) crops and the impact of herbicides on soil productivity in South Africa. The overall aim of the research is to explore different knowledges at the interstices of soil science and environmental humanities. Looking at the bigger picture, one of the aims of this research is to address the importance of human interconnectedness with other beings – what anthropologist Anna Tsing refers to as ‘interdependencies which exists between things and species’. 

Nteboheng comes from a very diverse background. She worked as an educator at a TVET college and is interested in food systems – hence her choice to do a project that involves farmers. Upon completing her studies, Nteboheng plans to help farmers learn more about how to care for their soil.