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About books and cooks: How ZEF's NutriHAF project developed ways to combat malnutrition by sharing knowledge about agriculture and nutrition in Ethiopia
by Dr. Jochen Dürr (ZEF Senior Researcher)

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Monday, April 23, 2018 l  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Wo kommt unser Essen her? Und was hat das mit dem Urwald zu tun?
Kids' University (Kinderuni) Bonn

Background: Jan Börner, Professor at Bonn University and senior researcher at ZEF will give a talk in German about the origin of our (daily) food. For children between 8 and 13 years old and their parents.
Venue: Wolfgang-Paul Hörsaal, Kreuzbergweg 28, 53115 Bonn
More Information here.


Thursday, April 26, 2018  l  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
 "African agricultural transformation: the IITA Agripreneur Approach to Job Creation"
Background: International and German experts on Africa and development will meet at ZEF in Bonn
to consult about the perspectives of Africa's agricultural development and the options it offers to young people on the continent. The event is hosted by ZEF and organized by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the largest international agricultural research institute in tropical Africa, based in Nigeria. Since its inception 50 years ago the institute has trained and educated more than 140,000 people in Africa for the agricultural sector, in addition to more than 2,000 young Africans trained as agricultural entrepreneurs within its program "IITA Youth Agripreneur". More information here.
For colleagues not present at ZEF: You can follow this event  via livestream:  https://youtu.be/x12rlJQyzDU


Wednesday, May 16, 2018  l  2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Dies Academicus  of Bonn University
Gemüse im Kaffeewald? Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt in Äthiopien
Talk in German by Jochen Dürr, NutriHAF Project, ZEF.

Background: Ethiopia is home of the coffee tree. Yet, in the country's coffee regions, many people are malnourished. A ZEF-based research team found that vegetable consumption in the project region was inadequate. Together with local experts and farmers they tried to cultivate nutritious and shadow-tolerant plants in the coffee forests and… to persuade consumers to eat these plants, which are often considered weeds. Learn more about the interdisciplinary NutriHAF research project in this talk.

Venue: University of Bonn, Main Building, exact location/Lecture Hall to be announced on our Website (events) and in the University's Dies Academicus journal


Friday, May 18, 2018 l 6:00 pm - midnight
Eleventh Bonn Science Night / 11. Bonner Wissenschaftsnacht
Venue ZEF stand: University Main Building / Garderobenoberhalle

Background: ZEF will focus on research of bio-economy. ZEF is involved in several research projects dealing with aspects of the bioeconomy, as the topic is becoming increasingly important for developing countries. We'll offer edible insects and other products to touch, watch and explain. So try and discuss the bioeconomy with us at the ZEF booth. Our ZEF colleagues from the STRIVE project and BiomassWeb project will be representing ZEF at the stand.
More information (in German) on the event here


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 I 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Right Livelihood College Campus
Public event at Bonn's Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) in the City's center with 2017 Right Livelihood Award ("Alternative Nobel Prize") Laureate Colin Gonsalves from India about Human Rights.

More information soon on ZEF's Website.


Sunday, June 24, 2018 l 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
ZEF at Tag der Offenen Tür / Open house day /  Villa Hammerschmidt

ZEF's research will be (re)presented in several tents of Bonn University. The University will be at the heart of this year's outdoor exhibition because of its 200-year jubilee. ZEF will present in: the "Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research" (Bonner Allianz für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung) tent together with the Bonn Alliance partners  Hochschule Rhein Sieg, BICC, DIE and UNU-EHS and, in addition, in the tent "World of insects" together with Museum König.

Please note: There is a security check at the entrance(s).

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