Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

Research themes
  • Biodiversity
  • Gender
  • Food and nutrition
  • Markets and services
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
  • Innovation and science policy
  • Health
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Professional experience

Matin Qaim is a food systems and development economist with a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Bonn (2000). Before joining ZEF in 2021 he was Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development at the University of Goettingen (2007-2021), Professor of International Agricultural Trade and Food Security at the University of Hohenheim (2004-2007), and postdoctoral scientist at the University of California at Berkeley (2001-2003). Qaim has research and project experience in Europe, the USA, and numerous countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Much of his research focuses on sustainable food systems, agricultural development, and the reduction of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. He has over 250 academic publications, mostly in top disciplinary and interdisciplinary science journals, including Science, various Nature Group Journals, and PNAS. Qaim is member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), Fellow of the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and President-Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). He has served on different high-level expert committees, including for the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, FAO, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the European Commission, The Royal Society, and the German Federal Government and Parliament.

For further details see CV.


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Altman, A., L.J. Fan, C. Foyer, W. Cowling, R. Mittler, M. Qaim, A.P.M. Weber, M. Reynolds, R.K. Varshney, A. Fernie.  2021.  Past and Future Milestones of Plant Breeding.  Trends in Plant Science, 26 (6)   : 530-538   .
Chrisendo, D., H. Siregar, M. Qaim.  2021.  Oil Palm and Structural Transformation of Agriculture in Indonesia.  Agricultural Economics, . Further Information
Debela, B.L., E. Gehrke, M. Qaim.  2021.  Links between Maternal Employment and Child Nutrition in Rural Tanzania.  American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 103 (3)   : 812-830   . Further Information
Jäckering, L., E.-M. Meemken, J. Sellare, M. Qaim.  2021.  Promoting Written Employment Contracts: Evidence from a Randomized Awareness Campaign.  European Review of Agricultural Economics, . Further Information
Knößlsdorfer, I., J. Sellare, M. Qaim.  2021.  Effects of Fairtrade on Farm Household Food Security and Living Standards: Insights from Côte d’Ivoire.  Global Food Security, 29, 100535   . Further Information
Meemken, E.-M., C.B. Barrett, H.C. Michelson, M. Qaim, T. Reardon, J. Sellare.  2021.  Sustainability Standards in Global Agrifood Supply Chains.  Nature Food, . Further Information
Mehraban, N., C. Kubitza, Z. Alamsyah, M. Qaim.  2021.  Oil Palm Cultivation, Household Welfare, and Exposure to Economic Risk in the Indonesian Small Farm Sector.  Journal of Agricultural Economics, 72 (3)   : 901-915   . Further Information
Otterbach, S., H.R. Oskorouchi, M. Rogan, M. Qaim.  2021.  Using Google Data to Measure the Role of Big Food and Fast Food in South Africa’s Obesity Epidemic.  World Development, 140, 105368   . Further Information
Purnhagen, K.P., S. Clemens, D. Eriksson, L.O. Fresco, J. Tosun, M. Qaim, R.G.F. Visser, A.P.M. Weber, J.H.H. Wesseler, D. Zilberman.  2021.  Europe’s Farm-to-Fork Strategy and Its Commitment to Biotechnology and Organic Farming: Conflicting or Complementary Goals?.  Trends in Plant Science, 26 (6)   : 600-606   . Further Information
Ruml, A., M. Qaim.  2021.  Smallholder Farmers’ Dissatisfaction with Contract Schemes in Spite of Economic Benefits: Issues of Mistrust and Lack of Transparency.  Journal of Development Studies, 57 (77)   : 1106-1119   . Further Information
Ruml, A., M. Qaim.  2021.  New Evidence Regarding the Effects of Contract Farming on Agricultural Labor Use.  Agricultural Economics, 52 (1)   : 51-66   . Further Information


Qaim, M.  2001.  Potential Impacts of Crop Biotechnology in Developing Countries.  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn.  Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt a.M.  

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Matin Qaim

Senior Fellow


Department :
ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change