Dr. Tina Beuchelt

Research themes
  • Science Policy
  • Renewable energy
  • Institutions
  • Development Politics
  • Macroeconomic Issues
Research countries
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Mexico
  • Venezuela
  • Nigeria
  • Cuba
  • Madagascar
Research projects

BiomassWeb - Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs. Link: BiomassWeb project

NutriHAF-Africa - Diversifying agriculture for balanced nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems. Link: NutriHAF-Africa

Sustainable Public Procurement in Germany/NRW - A research and transfer network with inter- and transdisciplinary research agenda. Link: Sustainable Public Procurement in NRW

Cuban-German School for Interdisciplinary Development Studies (CG-SIDS) - Establishing a high quality, sustainable, competitive and connected graduate school at doctoral level at the university of Santa Clara, Cuba

ESSZert - Developing food and nutrition security criteria for biomass standards and certifications (finished). Link: ESSZert

Working groups

(i) Data Management;

(ii) Gender;

(iii) Renewable Energy


Conducting gender-sensitive research.

Courses and lectures given at the University of Hohenheim: Poverty and development strategies; Farm and project management and evaluation; Socio-economics of organic farming.

Professional experience

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico

Food Security Center (FSC), University of Hohenheim, Germany

Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Germany

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia & Nicaragua


Doctoral degree (Dr. sc. agr.) at the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Germany

M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, Food Security and Natural Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim

B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, University of Hohenheim

Funding institutions

(i) German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); (ii) German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL); (iii) DAAD; (iv) Landesregierung NRW


Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany

E-mail: beuchelt(at)uni-bonn.de

Research partners


Wuppertalinstitut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie (WI), Wuppertal

Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Bonn

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS), Sankt Augustin

Institut für Handelsforschung (IFH), Köln

Newtrade NRW

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico

CIMMYT, Mexico

Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba

Welthungerhilfe, Bonn, Germany

ISCC - International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, Cologne, Germany

WWF, Berlin, Germany

University of Hohenheim, Germany

See also partners of BiomassWeb and NutriHAF-Africa


Beuchelt, T., Mohr, A. and R. Schneider. 2017. The human Right to Food and sustainable soil management: linking voluntary agricultural sustainability standards with food security. In: Ginzky, H., Heuser, I., Tianbao Qin, Ruppel, O. and P. Wegerdt (eds.): International Yearbook on Soil Law and Policy. Spinger.


Beuchelt, T. 2016. Gender, Social Equity and Innovations in Smallholder Farming Systems: Pitfalls and Pathways. In: Franz W. Gatzweiler und Joachim von Braun (eds.): Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. Springer. 181-198. (Open Acess) Download [PDF | 251.41KB]
Camacho-Villa, T.C., Almekinders, C., Hellin, J., Martinez-Cruz, T.E., Rendon-Medel, R., Guevara-Hernández, F., Beuchelt, T.D. and B. Govaerts. 2016. The evolution of the MasAgro hubs: responsiveness and serendipity as drivers of agricultural innovation in a dynamic and heterogeneous context. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 22 (5): 455-470. (Open Access) Download [PDF | 1.58MB]
Further Information
Mohr, A., Beuchelt, T., Schneider, R. and D. Virchow. 2016. Solving Trade-Offs Between Food Security and Biomass Use: Rights-Based Food Security Criteria for Biomass Sustainability Standards and Certifications. Biomass & Bioenergy, 89: 133–145. (Open Access) Download [PDF | 1.21MB]
Virchow, D., Beuchelt, T., Kuhn, A. and M. Denich. 2016. Biomass-Based Value Webs: A Novel Perspective for Emerging Bioeconomies in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Franz W. Gatzweiler and Joachim von Braun (eds.): Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. Springer. 225-238. (Open Acess) Download [PDF | 223.90KB]


Mohr, A., Beuchelt, T., Schneider, R. and D. Virchow. 2015. Rights-Based Food Security Criteria for Biomass Sustainability Standards and Certifications. ZEF Working Papers No. 143, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany (peer-reviewed). Download [PDF | 1.36MB]
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Beuchelt, T., Camacho Villa, C.T., Göhring, L., Hernández Rodríguez, V.M., Hellin, J., Sonder, K. and O. Erenstein. 2014. Social and income trade-offs of conservation agriculture practices on crop residue use in Mexico’s central highlands. Agricultural Systems, 134: 61-75.
Hellin, J., T. Beuchelt, C. Camacho, L. Badstue, B. Govaerts, L. Donnet and J. Riis-Jacobsen. 2014. An innovation systems approach to enhanced farmer adoption of climate-ready germplasm and agronomic practices. CAPRi Working Paper No. 116. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (peer-reviewed). Download [PDF | 1.01MB]
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Virchow, D., Beuchelt, T., Denich, M., Loos, T.K., Hoppe, M. and A. Kuhn. 2014. Biomass-based value webs – a new perspective for emerging bioeconomies in developing countries. Rural 21, Vol 48(3), pp. 16-18. Download [PDF | 413.47KB]
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Beuchelt, T. and L. Badstue. 2013. Gender, nutrition- and climate-smart food production: Opportunities and trade-offs. Food Security, Vol 5 (5): 709–721. Download [PDF | 377.60KB]
Beuchelt, T. and M. Zeller. 2013. The role of cooperative business models for the success of smallholder coffee certification in Nicaragua: A comparison of conventional, organic and Organic-Fairtrade certified cooperatives. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol 28 (3): 195-211 .
Camacho Villa, C. T., Beuchelt, T., Hernández López, V., Hellin, J. and K. Sonder. 2013. Situación social y económica en relación con el manejo y usos de los rastrojos en la región Valles Altos (Chapter 3). In: Reyes-Muro, L., Camacho-Villa, T. C. and F. Guevara-Hernández (eds.) (eds.): Rastrojos: manejo, uso y mercado en el centro y sur de México. Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias. Libro Técnico Núm. 7. Pabellón de Arteaga, Aguascalientes, México. 94-135. Download [PDF | 9.68MB]
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Hellin, J., Erenstein, O., Beuchelt, T., Camacho, C. and D. Flores. 2013. Maize stover use and sustainable crop production in mixed crop–livestock systems in Mexico. Field Crops Research, Vol 153: 12–21.
Ramírez-López, A., Beuchelt, T., and M. Velasco-Misael. 2013. Factores de adopción y abandono del sistema de agricultura de conservación en los Valles Altos de México [Factors for adoption and abandonment of conservation agriculture systems in the high valleys of Mexico]. Agricultura, Sociedad, y Desarrollo, Vol 10 (2): 195-214. Download [PDF | 1.36MB]


Beuchelt, T. 2012. Analyzing Organic and Fairtrade Certification Schemes: Participation and Welfare Effects on Small-Scale Farmers in Coffee Value Chains. Cuvillier Verlag. Göttingen, Germany.
Beuchelt, T. and D. Virchow. 2012. Food sovereignty: A useful concept for international policies to fight global hunger and poverty?. Agriculture and Human Values, Vol 29 (2): 259-273.


Beuchelt, T. and D. Virchow. 2011. Carbon labels – pitfalls for developing countries? Rural 21, Vol 45(2), pp. 39-41. . Further Information
Beuchelt, T. and M. Zeller. 2011. Profits and poverty: Certification's troubled link for Nicaragua's organic and fairtrade coffee producers. Ecological Economics, Vol 70 (7): 1316-1324.


Beuchelt, T., Kiemen, A. and M. Zeller. 2010. Value adding through certification? – Insights from the coffee sector in Nicaragua. In: Van Trijp, H. and P. Ingenbleek (eds.): Markets, marketing and developing countries. Wageningen Academic Publishers. Wageningen, the Netherlands. 115-120.
Fischer, I., Beuchelt, T., Dufhues, T. and G. Buchenrieder. 2010. Risk-Management networks of ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol 17 (2): 93-118.
Kiemen, A. and T. Beuchelt. 2010. Certification as an upgrading strategy for small-scale farmers and their cooperatives: A value chain analysis for Nicaraguan coffee. Research in Development Economics and – Policy Discussion Paper Series No.2/2010 , Universität Hohenheim, Germany. Download [PDF | 240.42KB]
Zeller, M., Beuchelt, T., Fischer, I. and F. Heidhues. 2010. Linkages between poverty and sustainable agricultural and rural development in the uplands of Southeast Asia. In: Tscharntke, T., Leuschner, C., Veldkamp, E., Faust, H., and E. Guhardja (eds.): Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, Germany. 511-527.


Beuchelt, T. 2008. Support Networks of Rural Households. A Case Study of Risk-Management in Northern Vietnam. Margraf Publishers. Weikersheim, Germany.
Beuchelt, T. and M. Zeller. 2008. Book Review: McGillivray, Mark (ed.). 2007. Human Well-Being: Concept and Measurement. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Vol. 47 (1): 70-71.


Beuchelt, T. and I. Fischer. 2006. What do Vietnamese Farmers do when a Crisis Occurs? Covering Lack of Resources through Social Networks. In: Buchenrieder, G. and T. Dufhues (eds.): Making rural households’ livelihoods more resilient – The importance of social capital and the underlying social networks. Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa (IAMO). Halle (Saale), Germany. 45-57. Download [PDF | 1.21MB]

Tina Beuchelt

Senior Researcher



ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management