WASCAL project movie
In 2010, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with ten African countries and coordinated by ZEF started the West African Science Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) initiative. Watch the project video here.


BiomassWeb short movie
The BiomassWeb project (funded by BMBF 2013-2018) aimed at contributing to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa in cooperation with local partners.The project set up an online platform for South-South exchange and networking, BiomassNet. Watch the project video here.



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We would like to thank our partners for their support and cooperation during the past year!
ZEF wishes you a happy and successful New Year!

In this newsletter, we would like to share some of the ZEF highlights 2018 with you.
[All past and upcoming events on www.zef.de]


December 10, 2018

On the road: ZEF's researchers in Mali and Niger to develop sustainable water, energy and food options
Field visit in the context of the RARSUS-project
ZEF researchers visit and work with local partners to address Africa's pressing urban challenges. Urban centers are growing, especially in Africa, therewith facing the challenge of how to supply enough food, water and energy to their inhabitants in a sustainable way.  German research projects support local decision-makers with developing solutions to address these challenges.
Read full story here.
More information on the RARSUS-Project page: https://rarsus.com or ZEF page.


December 3, 2018

Youth Townhall Meeting with Strive Masiyiwa in Berlin about Africa's (green) future
Event organized by ZEF and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Berlin
Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of AGRA, Econet Group Founder and CEO, listed twice as Fortune Magazine's one of "World's 50 Greatest Leaders"¯(2014, 2017), gave a talk at the
Humboldt University in Berlin. Around 200 people attended the event and discussed with Mr. Masiyiwa, among them many ZEF students from African countries, who had traveled to Berlin to discuss with Mr. Masiyiwa about Africa's (green) future.
More Information here.


November 4-11, 2018

ZEF co-organized Summer school in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, on Green and Social Entrepreneuship for Biodoversity Conservation and Local Development
The Summer school explored and discussed different concepts and ideas concerning social and green entrepreneurship in theory and practice while providing a collaborative platform for a mutual sharing of experiences, ideas and approaches. More information and photos at https://socialenviropreneur.wordpress.com/


November 6-9, 2018
Second DAAD Centres For Excellence Alumni Conference
Sustainable Development in Africa: The Role of Science and Education. For more information and Photos of the event, check out a report and interviews with alumni on ZEF's Website and photos on ZEF's Facebook site.


October 29, 2018
Environmental peace-building and development in Colombia 
Kick-off Workshop in Bogota¡, Colombia
The bilateral doctoral studies support program on "Environmental peace building and development in Colombia" is run by ZEF in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional, Bogota¡, Instituto de Estudios Ambientales (IDEA).
More information about the project here. For more information and photos of the event, check out ZEF's Facebook page.



September 10, 2018
Mobilization for Change: In Conversation with "Alternative Nobel Prize" Laureates from Nigeria, Pakistan and Colombia

Right Livelihood College Campus Bonn based at ZEF in cooperation with the Association of German Development Services (AGdD) organized a public panel discussion with the following "Alternative Nobelprize" laureates: Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria), one of Africa's leading human rights and environmental activists,  Hina Jilani (Pakistan), a lawyer and women rights activist and Martín von Hildebrand (Colombia), an activist in the field of enforcing indigenous rights in Colombia. For more information and photos of the event, check out ZEF's Facebook page.


August 2, 2018
ZEF and PARI scientists at the 30th ICAE Conference in Vancouver, Canada
At the 30th International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE) in Vancouver, Canada, in August 2018, ZEF's Program of Accompanying Research on Agricultural Innovation (PARI) organized a session on Rural youth and their role for agricultural growth and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.
More information on the event and video here.


June 24, 2018
Open house day at "Villa Hammerschmidt" in Bonn: Sustainability
ZEF's research was (re)presented in several tents of  Bonn University: in the "Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research" (Press coverage here) tent together with Alliance partners Hochschule Bonn Rhein Sieg, BICC, DIE and UNU-EHS and, in the tent "World of insects" together with Museum König. Check out ZEF's Website and ZEF's Facebook page or watch a the video clip by Uni Bonn TV here.


June 13, 2018
Human Rights Matter! Public Panel Discussion of RLC Campus Bonn and City of Bonn
Three panelists talked about their work for securing and upholding human rights: Colin Gonsalves, "Alternative Nobel Prize"¯ Winner, Human Rights Law Network, India, Abdallah Saleh Possi, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania in Germany and RLC Bonn Alumnus and Nancy Okail, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, Egypt. Find more information here,  pictures on ZEF's facebook page and an interview with Colin Gonsalves on ZEF's youtube page


May 18, 2018
"Try and taste bioeconomy". ZEF at the 11th Science Night of Bonn University

At the ZEF stand, edible insects and other bio-economy products to taste, try, watch and explain were offered. Visitors could test their personal ecological footprint online and pay a game on countries' footprints. ZEF projects at the Science Night: STRIVE and BiomassWeb. More information here. More pictures on the event on ZEF's facebook page.


April 26, 2018
African agricultural transformation: the IITA Agripreneur Approach to Job Creation
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) held its annual Board meeting at ZEF and invited international and German experts on Africa and development to a public event about the perspectives of Africa's agricultural development. IITA is the largest international agricultural research institute in tropical Africa. More information here. More pictures on the event on ZEF's facebook page. Footage of the event on ZEF's youtube page.


April 23, 2018
ZEF @ Kinderuni Bonn 
Proessor Jan Börner explained to children (age 8 - 13)  at the Kinderuniversität of the University of Bonn: Where does food come from? and what has that to do with primeval forest? (Photo by Volker Lannert). Find more information here and pictures on ZEF's facebook page.


ZEF in the Press


"Der Appetit wird uns so schnell nicht vergehen"
Article on Climate change and the consequences for food production and food security - with comment by ZEF Diector Joachim von Braun in FAZ. November 8, 2018. [more]

"Mut zum Wandel"
Article (in German) on Hightech-Strategies 2025 with comment by ZEF-director Joachim von Braun in transkript. November 6, 2018 [more]

"EU-Gentechnikrecht erneuern"
Article (in German) on EU-Gentechnology with comment by ZEF-director Joachim von Braun  in: transkript. November 25, 2018. [more]
Wie erntet Afrika mehr?
Interview (in German) with ZEF-director Christian Borgemeister with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, October 16, 2018. [more]
"Mais ist nicht die Lösung"
Interview with ZEF Director Prof. Christian Borgemeister with Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung, October 15, 2018 [more]
For all press coverage visit our website ZEF in the press


since September 2017)


Bio-ecology of the African citrus triozid Trioza erytreae (Hemiptera: Triozidae) on
citrus in Kenya: Implication for its management. Owusu Fordjour Aidoo (Kenya). December 13, 2018.
Assessment of incidence, severity and distribution patterns
of citrus greening in Kenya and Tanzania:
The role of African Citrus Triozid endosymbionts in disease epidemiology. Brenda Rasowo. December 13, 2018.

Sustainable development in science policy-making. A discourse analysis of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s policies for international cooperation in sustainability research. Anna Schwachula. November 22,2018.

Spatial Interaction of Agricultural Land Uses and their Impacts on Ecosystem Service Provision at the Landscape Scale. Justice Nana. November 20, 2018.

An expert-based ecosystem services assessment under land use and land cover changes and different climate scenarios in northern Ghana, West Africa. Janina Kleemann. November 5, 2018.

Decentralized energy in India and its synergies with water-energy-food security (WEF) nexus. Varun Gaur (India). October 12, 2018.

Performance assessment and optimization of a bamboo-drip irrigation system: A contribution to water productivity improvement in rural and peri-urban West-Africa. Hernaude Agossou (Benin). October 12, 2018.

Sustainable Agricultural Practices (SAPs) in northern Ghana: Impacts on welfare, environmental reliance and agricultural land expansion. Gebrelibanos Gebremedhin Gebremariam (Ethiopia). October 12, 2018.  

Effects of community-based health insurance on child health outcomes and utilisation of preventive health services: Evidence from rural south-western Uganda. Emmanuel Nshakira Rukundo (Uganda). October 11, 2018.

Long-term effects of childhood work on human capital formation migration decisions, and earnings in rural Ethiopia. Essa Chanie Mussa (Ethiopia). October 10, 2018.

The effect of government transfers on poverty and inequality: Three different perspectives about decentralization and social policies in Bolivia. Pablo Ernesto Evia Salas (Bolivia). September 26, 2018.

Agricultual Expertise and Knowledge Practices among Individualized Farm Households in Tajikistan. Andreas Mandler (Germany). September 11,2018.

The Ethiopian agricultural extension system and its role as a "Development Actor": Cases from Southwestern Ethiopia. Gerba Leta Dufera (Ethiooia). August 6, 2018.

The role of local agroforestry practices for enhancing food and nutrition security of smallholding farming households: The case of Yayu area, south-western Ethiopia. Omarsherif Mohammed Jemal (Benin). July 17, 2018.

Sapling ecology and management in multi-species afforestation system on degraded cropland in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Benin.  Florent Anguilles Dèhogbè Noulèkoun  (Benin). July 6, 2018.

Assessing land-use dynamics in the Ghanaian cocoa landscape. Daniel Tutu Benefoh (Ghana). July 6, 2018.

Sustainability of organic and non-organic smallholder farms in Kenya. Juliet Wanjiku Kamau (Kenya). June 14, 2018.

Agroforestry as a post-mining land-use approach for waste deposits in alluvial gold mining areas of Colombia. Bibiana Betancur Corredor (Colombia). May 14, 2018.

Perception and Governance of Food Insecurity Risks among Family Farmers in Southwestern Ethiopia
Speaker: Getachew Legese Feye (Ethiopia). March 23, 2018
Generic and physiological characterization of traits related to salinity tolerance in an advanced backcross population of wheat (the presentation will be in German). Said Dadshani (Germany). March 9, 2018.
Political ecology of the livelihood and land use strategies of an indigenous community from the Paraguayan Chaco. Marcos Glauser (Paraguay). February 22, 2018.
Action-based and outcome-based payments for environmental services: An experimental auction for tree plantings contracts in Kenya. Lucie Andeltova (Czech Republic). December 20, 2017.
Investment in health within agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene nexus for rural households in Bangladesh. Mohammad Monirul Hasan (Bangladesh). December 19, 2017.
Analysis of fruit and vegetable supply, demand, diet quality and nutrition in Uzbekistan. Alisher Ergashev (Uzbekistan). December 5, 2017.
Determinants of incentive-based forest governance in the Amazon: Evidence from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. Hugo Rosa da Conceicao (Brazil). November 28, 2017.
Mainstreaming the ecosystem services approach in strategic environmental assessment of spatial planning in Chile. Daniel Alejandro Rozas Vasquez (Chile). October 4, 2017.  

Sustainability of community forestry enterprises: indigenous wild honey gathering in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Palawan, Philippines. Denise Matias (The Philippines). September 15, 2017.

Managing risk under climate change in rural Kenya - Multiple shocks, poverty, gender and the potential for group-based approaches. Marther Wanjiru Ngigi (Kenya), September 1, 2017.

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