Stories and Interviews about ZEF's Research

The Future of Science in Afghanistan. Dead-ends or Rays of Hope?

Afghan scientists in exile are not waiting for opportunities, they are creating them. Read the story about rays of hope for this war-torn country.

ZEF in the City

This online exhibition shares photos and stories by the 'ZEF in the City' group, composed of doctoral researchers at ZEF who have been conducting critical urban research in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The economics of irrigation systems in Ethiopia

This research by former ZEF junior researcher Rahel Deribe Bekele focuses on technological and institutional factors.

Farmers’ Organizations in Africa: Role and prospects

This research by Willi Kampmann and Oliver Kirui shows what steps could be taken to better engage FOs in Africa  in the development of agricultural transformation policies.

A story about wheat in Egypt

Achieving sustainable wheat self-sufficiency in Egypt: This research, a case study in the River Nile delta, conducted by ZEF doctoral student Ahmed Abdalla is part of the Right Livelihood College (RLC) Programme at ZEF.

How urban and rural spaces in Africa are interlinked

Interview with Mekdim Dereje Regassa, a junior researcher from Ethiopia who writes his doctoral thesis at ZEF on “Rural-Urban Linkage and Household’s Welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa”. (May 2020)

Cocoa and Shea Value Chains in Ghana

Adjoa Annan is a doctoral student at the Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies, which is a collaboration between ZEF and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Accra. (January 2020)

As scientists in Afghanistan we face many challenges

Fazlullah Akhtar, ZEF alumnus, conducted his doctoral research at ZEF from 2013-2017 and obtained his doctoral degree from the Agricultural Faculty of Bonn University in 2017. He is now working as an infrastructure expert at the office of the chief advisor to the President of Afghanistan. (September 2019)

Food security and dietary preferences

Interview with ZEF doctoral researcher Till Ludwig about his research in India, which focuses on dietary consumption choices as effects of food production, markets and preferences. (March 2019)

Women's power in the Middle East: Syrian women engaging in civil society organizations

ZEF junior researcher Dima Al-Munajed writes about her experiences during her field research in Beirut, Lebanon, on the changing engagement of Syrian refugee women in civil society organizations in host countries such as Lebanon. (December 2018)

Marginality in urban India

ZEF doctoral student Amit Kumar has been conducting field research in the slums of Mumbai for his research on "Marginality at the interface of contemporary development processes in urban India”. His research was funded by DAAD. (September 2018)

Sustainability of ecological organic agriculture in Kenya

Doctoral research @ ZEF by Juliet Wanjiku Kamau

How "Green" is Tree Plantation Extractivism? Field Research Insights from Chile

Interview with Alejandro Mora-Motta, ZEF Junior Researcher, about his research on the environmental issues arising from the growth-oriented development model in Colombia. (November 2017)

The increasing use of the internet and smartphones in developing countries has a big potential for early warning systems

Regine Weber, ZEF junior researcher, reports about her doctoral research on innovative early warning systems on food security. (April 2017)

The topic of violence among pastoralists in Northern Kenya has been of great concern to me as a Kenyan and anthropologist

Interview with Dr. Willis Okumu from Kenya who conducted and completed his doctoral research at ZEF (January 2017). His research was funded by DAAD and the Right Livelihood Campus at ZEF. (February 2017)

Electronic waste has become a huge problem in Ghana

Vincent Kyere, ZEF junior researcher, reports about his doctoral research on e-waste in Ghana. (April 2014)

Economic analysis of under-five morbidity, mortality and health seeking behaviour - evidence from Ghana

Interview with Dr. Edward Nketiah-Amponsah, an economist from Ghana, who did his PhD research at ZEF on the public health system in his home country. (2010)

Functional biodiversity in tropical agro-forestry systems

Daniel Callo-Concha from Peru did his PhD research at ZEF from August 2004 until January 2009.

Modeling Crop and Water Allocation under Uncertainty in Irrigated Agriculture in Uzbekistan

Dr. Ihtiyor Bobojonov did his PhD research at ZEF from October 2004 until December 2008.

Irrigation water management in Uzbekistan, focusing on its socio-political aspects

Gert-Jan Veldwisch from the Netherlands did his PhD research at ZEF from September 2004 until December 2007, defending his doctoral thesis in June 2008.

Interviews with african quartet graduates

Four ZEF doctoral students from Africa received their doctoral degrees: Damas Philip from Tanzania, Joy Kiiru and John Muo Kasina from Kenya and Benjamin Kofi Nyarko from Ghana (September 2007)

Household water management, water rights and institutional change in Northern Ghana

Irit Eguavoen is a German Social Anthropologist who conducted her research on household water in Northern Ghana. In July 2007 she successfully defended her thesis.

Ecological systems on the south coast of Cuba

René Capote-Fuentes received his Doctoral Degree on July 12 2007 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Bonn University. He has been a doctoral student at ZEF since October 2003.

Modeling of sorghum production in Ghana

Ms. Dilys Kpongor Sefakor from Ghana relates on her research and experiences at ZEF. (2007)

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