ZEF - Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, E-NEWSLETTER 02/2023
June 2023
Check out the research journey of ZEF-researchers to Japan (June 17-25, 2023) on the ZEF blog here. During their excursion, our researchers explored seaweed-bed depletion and sustainable common pool resource management. Find more info about the trip and ZEF's delegation on our Website here.
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ZEF in the media
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ZEF Working Paper 222
Mechanization and automation in Africa’s agroprocessing sector: Implications for employment and skill needs
(May 2023)
Read here.
ZEF Working Paper 221
Carbon farming in Africa: Opportunities and challenges for engaging smallholder farmers
(March 2023)
Read here
ZEF Discussion Paper No. 330
Why do rural people temporarily migrate to other rural areas? Insights from northern Bangladesh
(June 2023)
Read here.
ZEF Discussion Paper No. 331
Impacts of supermarkets on child nutrition in China.
(June 2023)
Read here.
ZEF Discussion Paper No. 329
E-commerce improves dietary quality of rural households in China.
(June 2023)
Read here.
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Upcoming events
Thursday, June 29 / 3 PM CEST
“Women’s Land Rights and Gender Transformative Practices”.

Hybrid panel discussion with members of the the Feminist Land Platform and the ZEF Gender Group. Translation will be available (online only) in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

More information and registration here
Thursday, June 29 / 1:30 PM CEST
“Institutions and Global Crop Yields”.

Online Public Lecture by Prof. David Wüpper (Head of Land Economics Group and Full Professor at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR) in the University of Bonn).

More information and registration here.
Tuesday, June 27 / 9 AM CEST
"Climate-induced (im-)mobilities in West Africa".

Webinar organized by the Climate Mobility Network Research Africa (CMARN).
Speakers include: Susan Ekoh (IDOS), Joseph Inyama (Radboud University) & Albert Dakyie (ZEF)

More information and registration here
NRW-Premier Hendrik Wüst visited University of Tokyo

On June 5, 2023 a high-level delegation of the State of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) visited the University of Tokyo in Japan. NRW-Premier Hendrik Wüst and the University of Bonn's Rector Prof. Dr. Michael Hoch were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Mitsuo Yamamoto, coordinator of the International Program in Agricultural Development Studies (IPADS), ZEF's years-long partner program. 
ZEF-senior researcher Dr. Juliet Wanjiku Kamau was attending the session too in her role as ZEF's IPADS-coordinator. 

More information on our Website here
Digitalization in higher education and research in international cooperation for sustainability

DAAD's seven SDG Graduate Schools met in Bonn on June 5-7, 2023, to discuss digitalization, international cooperation and sustainability. The bilateral Doctoral Studies Support Program (DSSP) with Colombia, led by and based at ZEF, organized the conference. Around 100 people were joining from Africa, Germany and Latin America.

More information here
Sustainability research: Wolfram Barfuss appointed new Argelander professor at the University of Bonn

A press release launched by the University of Bonn (May 22, 2023) highlights its recently appointed Junior-Professor Dr. Wolfram Barfuss. Barfuss is based at ZEF and will conduct research on 'Collective action'.

More information here
[Photo by Gregor Hübl / University of Bonn]
Sustainable Land Management in sub-Saharan Africa: INTERFACES sets off

More than 100 participants (in-person and virtually) joined the kick-off meeting of INTERFACES in Bonn on April 26-28, 2023 to discuss the outlines of its five regional projects. ZEF is the lead institute of INTERFACES, which will run for four years.

Read full article here
[Photo by IDOS]

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BIGS-DR alumni news
Three BIGS-DR-alumnae joined forces at the UN Water Conference in New York, March 2023.

Read more about the careers of Claudia Ringler (in the photo: left), Susanna Wolf (right) and Katinka Weinberger on our website here.
We congratulate Sofyan Syahnur on obtaining a professorship in Macroeconomics at the University of Syiah Kuala in Aceh, Indonesia. 

Sofyan completed his PhD studies at ZEF in 2009. 
We were happy to reunite with ZEF Alumnus Raymond Abudu Kasei (batch 2006) who visited Bonn on the occasion of the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2023.

Raymond is working as an Associate Professor at the University of Ghana. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Bonn University in 2009 and was supervised by Professors Paul Vlek and Bernd Diekkrüger. 

Congratulations for Henry Kangwambe, batch 2016, on his new position with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

He will work in IFPRI's Foresight and Policy Modeling  Unit under the Transformation Strategies Department as an Associate Research Fellow, based in Washington, DC. Henry graduated in 2020 at Bonn University's Agricultural Faculty, his supervisor was Professor Joachim von Braun. 

Latest publications 

"Resilience of People and Ecosystems under Climate Stress"
A book edited by Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Joachim von Braun. Proceedings of the Conference on 13-14 July 2022. Pontificiae Academiae Scientiarvm Scripta Varia.

Download(pdf) here

Mechanization and automation in Africa's agroprocessing sector

Implications for employment and skill needs
ZEF PARI Policy Brief No. 33 (June 2023)

Download here

"Women self-help groups and intra-household decision-making in agriculture"

Article by ZEF junior researchers Subash Surendran Padmaja, Aditya Korekallu Srinivasa, Pooja Trivedi and Kondapi Srinivas. (June 2023)

Read article here
"Mobile money adoption in Kenya: The role of mobile money agents"

Article by Martin Parlasca, Constantin Johnen, Oliver Mußhoff (June 2023)

Read here.
"Towards a bioeconomy within planetary boundries"

Article by Javier Miranda; Jan Börner; Martin Bruckner; Christian Lutz; Saskia Reuschel; Britta Stöver; Johannes Többen; Rienne Wilts
(May 2023)

Read here.

All ZEF Publications here
ZEF in the media

Landwirtschaft in Krisenzeiten - Was die Welternährung so anfällig macht 
planet-e bei ZDF mit ZEF senior researcher Lukas Kornher 
(Juni 2023)

Link zum Video hier

Ist Bio die Lösung für nachhaltige Landwirtschaft?
SWR Marktcheck mit ZEF Direktor Prof. Matin Qaim

(Juni 2023)

Link to video here.

"Kulturkampf um ein angebliches 'Currywurst-Verbot'"
mit ZEF Direktor Prof. Matin Qaim bei Kontraste / ARD
(Juni 2023)

Link to video here

More ZEF in the media here
ZEF blog
"Illegal arson and civil resistance in Rosario, Argentina"
Blog post by ZEF acting director Eva Youkhana and Francisco Preiti
(June 2023)

Read the blog post here
"World Environment Day: Bridging the Gap between Gender and the Environment"

Blog post by Sanjana Rajasekar, Subash Surendran Padmaja, and Marina Kovaleva (all ZEF junior researchers), and Dennis Avilés-Irahola (ZEF senior researcher) on the occasion of World Environment Day 2023 (June 5, 2023)

Read the blog post here
ZEF videos
Integrated system modelling for sustainability transitions by Jun.-Prof. Wolfram Bafuss
(June 2023)
Interview with Dr. Aurora Fernández on the concept of bioeconomy in Cuba (May 2023)
Interview with Prof. Dr. Oliver Frör on the Cuban BioEconomy (CUBE) project (May 2023)
PARI @ AASW8: How to turn the agrifood sector into an engine of job growth for Africa’s youth (June 2023)
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