Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung (SLE)

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The Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung (Center for Rural Development) is an institution of the Humboldt University of Berlin. It has four areas of work: study, training, research and consulting. For 55 years, university graduates have been able to qualify for a wide range of specialist courses at SLE with the help of a certified German-language study program for the field of international cooperation. In addition, the SLE offers English-language training courses for international experts on topics that are assigned to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. SLE also conducts research on rural development issues, sustainable resource management, climate adaptation and methods of knowledge management. SLE is happy to pass on its expertise to developmental policy organizations. It advises universities in Latin America and Africa when they want to create SLE-style study programs. The SLE sees itself as a junction between science and practice that elaborates problem-solving on developmental questions and provides the tools for this purpose. In order to properly grasp the increasingly complex problems and to develop appropriate solutions, the SLE forms inter- and transdisciplinary teams and develops the solutions with a multidimensional understanding at the national, regional and local levels.

 

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Projects

SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURAL CHANGE

SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURAL CHANGE

Researchers from the Humboldt University of Berlin are developing solutions for more socially inclusive and sustainable structure of structural change in sub-Saharan Africa.

A project of the Center for Rural Development

 

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Articles

The state of food security in Cape Town and St. Helena Bay

The state of food security in Cape Town and St. Helena Bay

A study by Markus Hanisch, Agustina Malvido, Johanna Hansmann, Alexander Mewes, Moritz Reigl, Nicole Paganini (SLE)

Post-Covid-19 lockdown: How food governance processes could include marginalised communities - an extract of the results of an SLE study applying digital and participatory methods.

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Small-scale farmers’ responses to COVID-19 related restrictions

Small-scale farmers’ responses to COVID-19 related restrictions

Study by SLE

The lockdown due to COVID-19 hit the economy hard - including agriculture in particular with its supply chains and sales markets. What creative coping strategies have those affected found? The Seminar for Rural Development has begun a research study on th

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The North bears the responsibility, the South bears the burden

The North bears the responsibility, the South bears the burden

By Susanne Neubert

Adaptation to climate change can be achieved by making agriculture more environmentally sustainable – if the rich countries also reduce their emissions

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Authors of this partner

Dr. Agustina Malvido

Dr. Agustina Malvido

Dr. Agustina Malvido is a research assistant since 2019 at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt University Berlin. She has a PhD. in agricultural economics with focus on agricultural cooperatives (Humboldt University), an Erasmus Mundus International Master of Science in Rural Development, and a Master of Arts in Development Management and Policy.

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Alexander Mewes

Alexander Mewes

Alexander Mewes is a graduate from the 58. cohort of the postgraduate course of the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität Berlin. He has a master's degree in Development Studies from the University of Passau and gained field research experience in international research institutes (IITA-CGIAR, EAWAG) focusing on food security, rural development and behavioral change.

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Johanna Hansmann

Johanna Hansmann

Johanna Hansmann is postgraduate participant of the 58th cohort at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE) in Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She holds a master's degree in food security and development from University of Reading in UK. Her subject and interest areas are inclusive agribusiness models, food systems and rural transformation.

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Nicole Paganini

Nicole Paganini

Nicole Paganini is an associated researcher at the SLE and team coordinator of the South Africa study. Her research focuses on (urban) food systems and food justice.

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Moritz Reigl

Moritz Reigl

Moritz Reigl finished his post-graduate studies at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität Berlin in December 2020 and is now working as a freelance consultant. His research and academic education are driven by interdisciplinarity and complex system-thinking.

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Dr. Silke Stöber

Dr. Silke Stöber

Silke Stöber is a senior researcher at Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with many years of experience in academic research, consultancy and teaching, covering the areas of food security and climate change adaptation. Her research and training is driven by transdisciplinarity and co-research with smallholder farmers. She is experienced in communication and management of junior research teams and supervises up to three Master or Bachelor theses per year. She has specialised on mixed methods research methodologies and designs, including representative household surveys, historical weather analysis, randomised field experiments, inter-farm comparison trials and participatory co-research with smallholder farmer groups.

 

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Dr. Judith Henze

Dr. Judith Henze

Judith Henze is a post-doctoral consultant for sustainable innovations in agriculture, focusing on ICTs. She currently explores how AI can be employed to support farmers, food systems and to minimise human-wildlife-conflicts.

 

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Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch

Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch

Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch is the Director of Centre for Rural Development (SLE) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has a PhD. in agricultural and resource economics. Many years of experience as a chairholder, project manager, and university lecturer at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Particular expertise in the field of rural cooperatives, international/national. Professional experience as a consultant and expert for various international organisations, including the GIZ, FAO, World Bank, Conservation International, and UN-DESA.

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Susanne Neubert

Susanne Neubert

Susanne Neubert, Director of the Centre for Rural Development (SLE). Strategic development in education, training, research and consultancy. Securing and supervising SLE overseas projects. PhD in agricultural economics and ecology with a regional specialisation in Africa.

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