Spe­cial­ised Part­ner­ships for Sus­tain­able Food Sys­tems and Food Sov­er­eignty

The Specialised Partnerships for Sustainable Food Systems and Food Sovereignty (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Angelika Ploeger and team) is a section at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences at Kassel University.


The Erasmus+ programme SusPlus aims to boost skills and employability, and modernise education and training at Universities and study programs. The goals are to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the labour market. However, the available curricula and educational approaches are often far from responding to the employers' needs. Today's graduates often struggle to find quality employment in line with their studies. Eight European partner Universities worked together in the Project 'Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems'. The project's results are described and can be used at European Universities providing education in agriculture, food and nutrition.

This section's second ongoing programme is a Structured Doctoral Programme on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sytems (SAFS). It is a programme in cooperation with the Agricultural University of Georgia, a non-profit, private, higher education institution located in the suburban setting of Tbilisi's capital (Kakha Bendukidze Campus).

The SAFS - programme is financed by the Volkswagen Foundation and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. Its main thematic objective is to connect graduates from various disciplines at the Georgian Agricultural University to deepen and integrate learning and research about real-world and complex issues in sustainable agriculture and food systems while also attaining advanced expertise in their disciplines. This research project will be finished end of January 2022. Still, eight PhD students are finishing their research and their PhD-thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ploeger. 

Prof. Dr. Angelika Ploeger is elected as one of five consultants (Advisory Council) for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the projectOrganicKnowledge Centers inAfrica. To promote organicagriculture, the German Ministry (BMZ) seeks to support a network of regional knowledge hubs for organic farming in Africa. These five hubs (north, south, east, west, and central Africa) will be established to support sustainable organic agriculture that contributes, among others, to preserve nature and provides solutions for challenges such as food insecurity or climate change. They plan to collect and verify relevant traditional and modern scientific knowledge in agriculture and food production and provide and disseminate it in cooperation with Rural Service Providers and other multipliers to practitioners, value chain operators and policymakers. (GIZ information about this project.)