Dr. Tina Beuchelt

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
  • Health
Research countries
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Guatemala
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Bolivia
  • Madagascar
Research projects

FSS I Project: Implementation of food security criteria within biomass sustainability standards - Aim of the FSS │ Project is to implement and complement the recently developed rights-based food  security criteria (see ESSZert project) in food insecure regions in Africa, Latin-America and Asia. Link: FSS I Project

Fortschrittskolleg 'One Health and urban transformation' - A transdiciplinary graduate school seeking integrated interventions to attain optimal health for humans, animals, plants and the environment. Link: One Health

Former Projects:

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

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

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

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

Working groups

Co-coordindator of  ZEF's Gender Group


* Gender and sustainable development
* Conducting gender-sensitive research
* Poverty and development strategies
* Farm and project management and evaluation
* Socio-economics of organic farming

Additional Information:

For all publications visit my Google Scholar Profile


ZEF Project Leader (since 2017): FSS I Project

Staff representative (since 2015)

Member of ZEF Research Ethics Committee (since 2017-2019)

ZEF Project Leader (2014-2015): ESSZert

ZEF Project Scientific coordinator (2014-2017): BiomassWeb project

Tutorship of doctoral candidates

* Fernando Rodríguez-Camayo. Working Title: How can food security and resilience to climate change of smallholders be addressed in specialty coffee value chains? The case of the dry corridor in Honduras.
Joint project with International Center for Tropical Agriculture - CIAT.

Professional experience

German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), Bonn, Germany

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


Room No: 1.065 
E-mail: beuchelt(at)uni-bonn.de

Research partners

Main partners:
* German Institute for Development (DIE)
* Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
Southern African Science Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL)
University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS)
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
* Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (Mexico)

Transdisciplinary partners:
* Welthungerhilfe, Germany
* WWF, Germany
* ISCC - International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (Cologne/Germany)
* Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)
* Rainforest Alliance (RA)

Further research partners:
* Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie (WI)
* Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
* CIMMYT (Mexico)
* University of Hohenheim, Germany


Beuchelt, T.D. and M. Nassl.  2019.  Applying a Sustainable Development Lens to Global Biomass Potentials.  Sustainability, 11   : doi:10.3390/su11185078   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 691.79KB]
Further Information


Beuchelt, T.D. and S. Nischalke.  2018.  Adding a gender lens in quantitative development research on food and non-food biomass production: A guide for sex-disaggregated data collection.  ZEF Working Papers No. 170, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany, . (Open Access)   Download [PDF]
Nischalke, S.M., Abebe, M., Assefa, B., Keding, G.B., Kriesemer, S.K., Randrianarison, N., and T.D. Beuchelt.  2018.  Gender challenges in horticultural research in Ethiopia and Madagascar.  Acta Hortic. , 1205   : 137-146   . Further Information


Beuchelt, T.D.  2017.  Buying green and social from abroad: Are biomass-focused voluntary sustainability standards useful for European public procurement?.  ZEF Working Papers No. 156, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany (peer-reviewed), . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 3.22MB]
Beuchelt, T.D., 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.   237-262.  Review
Nischalke, S.M., Abebe, M., Assefa Wondimagegnhu, B., Kriesemer, S.K., and T.D. Beuchelt.  2017.  Forgotten Forests? Food Potential of Ancient Coffee Forests and Agroforestry Systems in the Southwestern Ethiopian Mountains, Seen Through a Gender Lens.  Mountain Research and Development, 37 (3)   : 254-262   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 886.56KB]
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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]
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]
Further Information


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).  CAPRi Working Paper No. 116. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.(peer-reviewed) Download [PDF]
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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]
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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]
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.  Further Information
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]

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Tina Beuchelt

Senior Researcher


Department :
ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management