Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun

Professional experience

von Braun is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from University of Göttingen, Germany. He joined ZEF as Professor and Director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change in December 2009. He was also Director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002. von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. 2002 to 2009. His research addresses international and development economics topics, incl. markets and trade; poverty; health and nutrition; agriculture, and science and technology. von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican and was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), he is member of Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; he is Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe” and Chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government; among awards received by von Braun are a honorary Doctoral degree from University of Hohenheim, and the Bertebos Prize of the Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research on food security, and the Justus von Liebig Prize for his research on international nutrition. (More details see CV)


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Fears, R., C. Canales, V. Ter Meulen and J. von Braun. 2019. Transforming food systems to deliver healthy, sustainable diets—the view from the world's science academies. The Lancet Planet Health, . (Open Access) Further Information


Brockhaus, J., Haile, M. G., & von Braun. 2018. Short-Term Risks for Food and Nutrition Security – Causes, Impacts, and Responses. In: Josling, T. (eds.): Handbook of international food and agricultural policies. New Jersey: World Scientific Publishing. 157-198.
Islam, A.H.M.S., von Braun, J., Thorne-Lyman, A., Ahmed, A.U.. 2018. Farm diversification and food and nutrition security in Bangladesh: empirical evidence from nationally representative household panel data. Food Security, : 1-20. Further Information
Ramanathan V., M. Sanchez Sorondo, P. Dasgupta, J. von Braun, and David G. Victor. 2018. Climate Extremes and Global Health. Foreign Affairs, August 1, 2018. Further Information
Usman, M., A., N. Gerber, J. von Braun. 2018. The Impact of Drinking Water Quality and Sanitation on Child Health: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. The Journal of Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2018.1493193.
von Braun, J. 2018. Bioeconomy – The global trend and its implications for sustainability and food security. Global Food Security, 19: 81-83. Further Information
von Braun, J. 2018. Economic and Political Innovation for Nutritional Improvement. In: Biesalski, H. K. & Birner, R. (eds.): Hidden Hunger: Strategies to Improve Nutrition Quality, World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vol. 118. Basel; New York: Karger. 1-9.


Battro, A.M., Lena, P., Sanchez Sorondo, M. & von Braun, J. 2017. Children and Sustainable Development - Ecological Education in a Globalized World. Springer International. Further Information
Kharas, H., J.W. McArthur, and J. von Braun. 2017. An evidence-based approach to ending rural hunger. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 11: 1-12. Further Information
von Braun J., Gulati A., Kharas H. 2017. Key policy actions for sustainable land and water use to serve people. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2017-39. Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Further Information
von Braun, J. 2017. Bioprincipled Cities in the Bioeconomy. World Architecture , 2017/4.
von Braun, J. 2017. The scope for bioeconomy cooperation between Africa and Europe. In: Virgin, I. & Jane Morris, E. (eds.): Creating Sustainable Bioeconomies. The bioscience revolution in Europe and Africa . Oxon: Routledge.
von Braun, J. 2017. Hunger- und Agrarkonflikte erfordern Sicherheitspolitik. In: schinger, W & Messner, D. (eds.): Deutschlands neue Verantwortung. Die Zukunft der deutschen und europäischen Außen-, Entwicklungs- und Sicherheitspolitik. Berlin: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH. 364-365.
von Braun, J. 2017. Lösungsansätze der Bioökonomie zur Begegnung der großen globalen Herausforderungen. Dossier: Bioökonomie, . Further Information
Wesseler, J. and J. von Braun. 2017. Measuring the Bioeconomy: Economics and Policies. Annu. Rev. Resour. Econ. 2017, 9: 17.1–17.24. Further Information


El-Chichakli, B., J. von Braun, C. Lang, D. Barben. 2016. Five cornerstones of a global bioeconomy. Nature, Volume: 535, doi:10.1038/535221a: 221–223 – Comment (14 July 2016). (Open Access) Further Information
Gatzweiler F. and J. von Braun. 2016. Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agriculrural Development. Springer. (Open Acess) Further Information
Kalkuhl, M., J. von Braun, M. Torero. 2016. Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy. Springer Netherlands. (Open Acess) Further Information
Nkonya, E., A. Mirzabaev, J. von Braun (ed.). 2016. Economics of land degradation and sustainable land management. Springer. (Open Acess) Further Information
von Braun, J. 2016. Expanding Water Modeling to Serve Real Policy Needs. Water Econs. Policy, 02: p. 1671004-1-9.
von Braun, J. 2016. Bioökonomie - das Konzept und die Chancen für die Agrar- und Forstforschung. In: Dachverband Agrarforschung (eds.): Bioökonomie: Welche Bedeutung haben die Agrar- und Forstwirtschaften? Band 48. Frankfurt/Main: DLG-Verlag. 7-20.
von Braun, J. 2016. Bioökonomie - auf dem Weg zu nachhaltigem Wirtschaften. In: Binswanger,H.-C., Ekardt, F., Grothe, A., Hasenclever, W.-D., Hauchler, I., Jänicke, M.,Kollmann, K., Michaelis, N. V., Nutzinger, H. G., Rogall, H. und Scherhorn, G. (eds.): Jahrbuch Nachhaltige Ökonomie 2016/2017. Im Brennpunkt: Ressourcenwende. Metrobolis Verlag. 147-164.
von Braun, J. and A. Mirzabaev. 2016. Nexus scientific research: Theory and approach serving sustainable development. In: Dodds, F. & J. Bartam (eds.): The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an agenda for action. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 58-71.
von Braun, J. and Kofol, C. 2016. Employment Now – addressing the challenge in Arab Region and Africa. In: F.J. Radermacher (eds.): Migration, Nachhaltigkeit und ein Marshall Plan mit Afrika. Denkschrift für die Bundesregierung.. Club of Rome und Senat der Wirtschaft. Materialband. 31-58.
von Braun, J. and R. Birner. 2016. Designing Global Governance for Agricultural Development and Food and Nutritioin Security. Review of Development Economics, DOi: 10.1111/rode.12261. Further Information
von Braun, J., A. Mirzabaev. 2016. Land Use Change and Economics of Land Degradation in the Baltic Region. Baltijskij region Journal in Russian and English. St Petersburg and Kaliningrad, №3/ Oct. 2016.


Baumgartner, P., J. von Braun, D. Abebaw, M. Mueller. 2015. Impacts of Large Scale Land Investments on Income, Prices, and Employment: Empirical Analyses in Ethiopia. World Development, 72: 175–190 . Further Information
Birner, R., J. von Braun. 2015. Decentralization and Poverty Reduction. In: Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio (eds.): Handbook of Multilevel Finance. Edward Elgar Publishing. Cheltenham. pp. 471-505.
Haile, M., M. Kalkuhl, J. von Braun. 2015. Worldwide Acreage and Yield Response to International Price Change and Volatility: A Dynamic Panel Data Analysis for Wheat, Rice, Corn, and Soybeans. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, April, 2015 . (Open Access) Further Information
Muriithi, B, J. von Braun, J. A. Matz and D. Virchow. 2015. The dynamics of smallholders’ participation in the commercialization of high-value horticultural crops: A case of vegetable producers in Kenya. Acta Hort, ISHS 2015.
Scholes M., C. Ringler, J. von Braun. 2015. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. ICSU, ISSC. Review of the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective. Paris: International Council for Science (ICSU), ISBN: 978-0-930357-97-9. 17-.22. Further Information
von Braun, J. 2015. Welternährung und Nachhaltigkeit - Herausforderungen und Strategien für das 21. Jahrhundert. Carl-von-Carlowitz-Reihe Band 5. oekom verlag. München. ISBN-13: 978-3-86581-774-7. (Open Acess) Further Information
von Braun, J. 2015. Bioeconomy - Science and Technology Policy to Harmonize Biologization of Economies with Food Security. In: D. Sahn (eds.): The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition. Oxford University Press. pp 240-262.
von Braun, J. 2015. Food and Nutrition Security- the Concept and its Realization. In: A.M. Battro, I. Potrykus, M. Sanchez Sorondo (eds.): Bread and Brain, Education and Poverty . Pontificiae Academiae Scientiarvm Scripta, Varia 125. Vatican. pp 69-85.


Tadesse, G., B. Algieri, M. Kalkuhl, and J. von Braun. 2014. Drivers and triggers of international food price spikes and volatility. Food Policy, Vol. 47. August 2014: 117-128. Further Information
von Braun J., B. Algieri, and M. Kalkuhl. 2014. World and Food System Disruptions in the Early 2000s: Causes, Impacts and Cures. World Food Policy, Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2014. Further Information
von Braun, J. 2014. Food and Nutrition Security – concept and its realization. In: Bread and Brain, Education and Poverty. Proceedings of the Working Group 4-6 November 2013. Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Scripta Varia 125. Vatican City 2014. Further Information
von Braun, J. 2014. Aiming for Food and Nutrition Security in a Changed Global Context: Strategy to End Hunger. In: J. A. Alonso, G. A. Cornia, and R.Vos (eds.): Alternative Development Strategies for the Post-2015 Era. Bloomsbury Academic . Further Information
von Braun, J., F. Gatzweiler (Eds.). 2014. Marginality – Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology. Springer Netherlands. Netherlands. (Open Acess) Further Information


Nkonya, E., J. von Braun, J. Koo, and Z. Guo. 2013. Global extent of land degradation and its human dimension. In: Rattan Lal, and B.A. Stewart (eds.): Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems. Boca Raton, FL, US: CRC Press. Further Information
Porter, J.R., J.-F. Soussana, E. Fereres, S. Long, F. Mohren, P. Peltonen-Sainio, and J. von Braun. 2013. European Perspectives: An Agronomic Science Plan for Food Security in a Changing Climate. In: Daniel Hillel and Cynthia Rosenzweig (eds.): Handbook of Climate Change and Agroecosystems. Global and Regional Aspects and Implications. ICP Series on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation – Vol.2.
von Braun, J. 2013. Die Welternährungskrisen 2008 und 2011. Ursachen, Konsequenzen, Handlungsbedarf. Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaft und der Künste. Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh.
von Braun, J. 2013. Welternährung im Globalen Wandel. In: D. Drenckhahn und J. Hacker (eds.): Rolle der Wissenschaft im Globalen Wandel. Vorträge anlässlich der Jahresversammlung vom 22. bis 24. September 2012 in Berlin . Nova Acta Leopoldina NF 118, Nr. 40, 2013 . 139-157. Further Information
Wheeler, T. and J. von Braun. 2013. Climate Change Impacts on Global Food Security. Science, 2 August 2013, Vol. 341, No. 6145: 508-513. Further Information


Rattan L., K. Lorenz, R. F. Hüttl, B. U. Schneider, and J. von Braun (Eds.). 2012. Recarbonization of the Biosphere. Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle. Springer. Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London. Further Information
Soussana J. -F., Fereres E., Long S. P., Mohren F. GMJ, Pandya-Lorch R., Peltonen-Sainio P., Porter J. R., Rosswall T., and von Braun J. 2012. A European science plan to sustainably increase food security under climate change. Global Change Biology, Volume 18, Issue 11: 3269–3271. Further Information
von Braun, J., M. T. Ruel, and S. Gillespie. 2012. Bridging the Gap between the Agriculture and Health Sectors. In: Shenggen Fan and Rajul Pandya-Lorch (eds.): Reshaping Agriculture for Nutrition and Health. An IFPRI 2020 Book. Further Information


Nkonya, E., N. Gerber, P. Baumgartner, J. von Braun, A. de Pinto, V. Graw, E. Kato, J. Kloos, T. Walter. 2011. The Economics of Land Degradation. Towards an Integrated Global Assessment. Development Economics and Policy, Band 66. Peter Lang. Further Information
von Braun,J. 2011. Increasing and More Volatile Food Prices and the Consumer. In: Jayson Lusk, Jutta Roosen, and Jason Shogren (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy. 612-628.


von Braun, J. 2010. Strategic body needed to beat food crises. Nature, June 2010: 548-549. Further Information
von Braun, J. 2010. ICT for the Poor at Large Scale: Innovation Connection to Markets and Services. In: Picot, Arnold and Lorenz, Josef (eds.): ICT for the Next Five Billion People. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 3-14.


Birner R. and von Braun, J. 2009. Decentralization and Public service provision-a framework for pro-poor institutional design. In: Ahmad E. and Brosio G. (eds.): Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction? . Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. 287-315.
von Braun, J. 2009. Addressing the Food Crisis: Governance, Market Functioning, and Investment in Public Goods. Food Security , Vol. 1: 9-15. Further Information
von Braun, J., R. Vargas Hill, and R. Pandya-Lorch (Eds.). 2009. The Poorest and Hungry. Assessments, Analyses, and Actions. An IFPRI 2020 Book. International Food Policy Research Institute . Washington D.C. Further Information


von Braun, J. 2008. The food crisis isn't over. Nature, 456 (11 December): 701. Further Information
von Braun, J., and E. Diaz-Bonilla (Eds.). 2008. Globalization of Food and Agriculture and the Poor. Oxford University Press for IFPRI. New Delhi. Further Information


Torero, M., and J. von Braun (Eds.). 2006. Information and communication technology for development and poverty reduction: The potential of telecommunications. The Johns Hopkins University Press for IFPRI. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Further Information


Asfaw, A., and J. von Braun. 2004. Is consumption insured against illness? Evidence on vulnerability of households to health shocks in rural Ethiopia. Economic Development and Cultural Change , (No. 1, October): 115-130.


von Braun, J. and U. Grote. 2002. Does Decentralization Serve the Poor?. In: E. Ahmad and V. Tanzi (eds.): Managing Fiscal Decentralization. London and New York: Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group. 68-95.


Qaim, M., A. F. Krattinger, and J. von Braun (Eds.). 2000. Agricultural Biotechnology in Developing Countries: Towards Optimizing the Benefits for the Poor. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Boston, Dordrecht, and London.
Wehrheim, P., K. Frohberg, E. Serova, and J. von Braun (Eds.). 2000. Russia's Agro-food Sector: Towards Truly Functioning Markets. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Boston, Dordrecht, and London.


von Braun, J., T. Teklu, and P. Webb. 1998. Famine in Africa: Causes, Responses, and Prevention. The Johns Hopkins University Press for the International Food Policy Research Institute. Baltimore and London. Further Information


von Braun, J. and E. Kennedy (Eds.). 1994. Agricultural Commercialization, Economic Development, and Nutrition. The Johns Hopkins University Press for the International Food Policy Research Institute. Baltimore and London. Further Information

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Joachim von Braun



ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change