Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun

Professional experience

von Braun is an agricultural economist, with a Doctoral degree from University of Göttingen, Germany. He is distinguished Professor (emeritus) for Economic and Technical Change. He was Director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002 and also in 2010 to 2021. At ZEF he currently manages some research projects, such “Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation” (PARI) in Africa and India, and “Volatility in Markets and the Poor”, and an EU Project “FoodCost” that aims to quantify the external costs of the food system. His research addresses international and development economics topics, incl. markets and trade; poverty; health and nutrition; bioeconomy, agriculture, and science and technology. He served as co-coordinator of the “Transdisciplinary Research Area Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Futures” of Bonn University in the context of the Excellence Initiative of the University. von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, he is member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Academy of Science and Art of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; fellow of The World Academy, and of the International Science Council. He is Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe” (WHH), member of the International Advisory Committee on Bioeconomy. He served as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General; 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. von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, USA, and President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. (More details see CV)


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2024.  Publications List Joachim von Braun (March 2024).  Download [PDF | 1.23MB]


Sadoff, C., J. von Braun.  2021.  COP26: Funding Innovation Crucial for Strengthening Climate-Stressed Food Systems : Opinion.  Further Information
von Braun, J.  2021.  Complete Publications List, May 2021.  Download [PDF]
von Braun, J., Afsana, K., Fresco, L.O., Hassan, M., Torero, M.  2021.  Food Systems – Definition, Concept and Application for the UN Food Systems Summit.  A paper from the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit. March 5, 2021. Further Information
von Braun, J., Archer, M.S., Reichberg, G.M., Sanchez-Sorondo, M. (Eds.).  2021.  Robotics, AI, and Humanity - Science, Ethics, and Policy.  Springer Publ. New York. Further Information
von Braun, J., K. Afsana, L. Fresco and M. Hassan.  2021.  Food systems: seven priorities to end hunger and protect the planet.  Nature, : 28-30   . (Open Access)   Further Information
von Braun, J., K. Afsana, L. Fresco, M. Hassan and M. Torero.  2021.  Food system concepts and definitions for science and political action.  Nature Food, . Further Information


Saini, S., Gulati, A., von Braun, J. and L. Kornher.  2020.  Indian farm wages: Trends, growth drivers and linkages with food prices.  ZEF Discussion Paper 301. Bonn. Further Information
von Braun, J.  2020.  Bioeconomy and Its Set of Innovations for Sustainability.  Industrial Biotechnology, 16 (3)   : 142-143   . Further Information
von Braun, J.  2020.  Climate Change Risks for Agriculture, Health, and Nutrition.  In: Al-Delaimy, Wael, Ramanathan, Veerabhadran, Sánchez Sorondo, Marcelo (eds.): Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility. Springer International Publishing.   135-148.  (Open Acess)  Further Information
von Braun, J., Kauffels, T., Raven, P., Vogel, J., Sánchez Sorondo, M.  2020.  Science and Actions for Species Protection. Noah's Arks for the 21st Century.  Pontificiae Academiae Scientiarvm Scripta Varia 146. Vatican City 2020. Further Information
von Braun, J., Sánchez Sorondo, M. (eds).  2020.  Transformative Roles of Science in Society: From Emerging Basic Science Toward Solutions for People’s Wellbeing.  Pontificial Academy of Sciences. Acta 25. Vatican City. Further Information
von Braun, J., Sánchez Sorondo, M., Steiner, R.  2020.  Reduction of Food Loss and Waste.  Pontificial Academy of Sciences Scientiarvm Scripta Varia 147. Vatican City. Further Information
von Braun, J., Zamagni, S., Sánchez Sorondo, M.  2020.  The moment to see the poor.  Science, 368 (6488)   : 214   . Further Information


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, 3 (4)   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Fears, R., ter Meulen, V. and J. von Braun.  2019.  Global food and nutrition security needs more and new science.  Science Advances, 5 (12)   . Further Information
Gerber, N., von Braun, J., Usman, M.A., Hasan, M.M., Okyere, C.Y., Vangani, R. and D. Wiesmann.  2019.  Water, Sanitation and Agriculture Linkages with Health and Nutrition Improvement.  ZEF Discussion Paper 282. Bonn. Further Information
Usman, M.A., Gerber, N. and J. von Braun.  2019.  The Impact of Drinking Water Quality and Sanitation on Child Health: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia.  The Journal of Development Studies, 55 (10)   : 2193-2211   . Further Information
von Braun, J., N. Gerber and V. Abresch.  2019.  Social change and policies driving the transformation of consumption in the food systems.  In: Zeigler, R. S. (eds.): Sustaining Global Food Security: The Nexus of Science and Policy. CSIRO Publishing.  

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Joachim von Braun

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Economic and Technological Change


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