Daiana Castillo Lopez

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Social and Cultural Change and Adaptation
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Gender
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
  • Governance and conflict
Research countries
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
Working groups

Gender Group

Students Council ZEF A 2019


Lecturer in the Seminar "Bases sobre la sustentabilidad" at the UNAM.  

Guest Lecturer " Environment and conflicts in Latin America" University of Lüneburg 






Professional experience

2013-2015: Director of Environmental Department

2010-2013: Coordinator of environmental operations 




MSc. Environmental Sciences

Universidad Autonóma de San Luis Potosí - México

MSc. Natural Resources Management and Development

TH Köln - Germany

BS. Environmental Manager

Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas - Colombia


Food Sovereignty and security, Urban Metabolism , Waste Management, Rural development

Funding institutions

Colciencias - Colombia

Fiat Panis Foundation

Research partners

2021: Doctoral Stay in the IDEA at Universidad Nacional in Colombia 

Thesis title

Food sovereignty and (post) conflict in the rural Colombia: The case of Tenza Valley

Thesis abstract

Social conflicts and internal wars affect food sovereignty. One of the main consequences of conflicts in the world is hunger. Conflicts also affect decision-making, control, and use of resources in food production systems, which are essential elements of food sovereignty. This research addresses the link between food sovereignty and the armed conflict in Colombia. The main objective is to identify the direct and indirect effects of the internal (post) conflict on the smallholder farmers’ decision making about their food production systems. The rural Tenza Valley will be taken as a case study. The study will consist of three main dimensions of research work. Firstly, actors in the decision-making process with a focus on gender relations will be identified. This will be followed by the identification of direct and indirect effects of the armed conflict which have influenced the smallholder farmers’ decisions on their food production systems. Finally, the impact of public food policies and strategies on the traditional food production systems and consumption habits in the region will be analyzed. The theoretical framework builds on the basis of the Sustainable Livelihood Approach and agroecology. In this research, the food sovereignty and food security concepts are considering equally important and useful for the current hunger worries, especially in poor societies. This framework will be used to understand the different relationships between the small farmers' livelihoods assets with policies, and institutions in a context of vulnerability given by the armed conflict and poverty. This study will use participatory research methods including semi-structured interviews, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions for data collection. Understanding the consequences of the armed conflict on food sovereignty contributes to formulating strategies under the current peace-building framework in Colombia. Furthermore, this study seeks to contribute some important evidence to the current global debate about food sovereignty and conflict.

Doctoral research funded by

Colciencias - Colombia

Fiat Panis Foundation

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Dra. Eva Youkhana

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Girma Kelboro

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Daiana Castillo Lopez

Junior Researcher

Cultural and Political Change


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