Current research projects


SustainSAHEL - Improving crop–shrub–livestock integration in the Sahel

Focusing on the Sahel zone, the EU-funded SustainSAHEL project aims to enhance the resilience of smallholder agricultural farming systems to climate change as well as their intensification potential through scalable innovations on crop–shrub–livestock (CSL) integration. The project is working closely with existing Africa–Europe networks and programmes, establishing partnerships that could emerge as a model laboratory on CSL for the Sahel. >>> Details
H2020 (2020-2025), Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert, Dr. Sophie Graefe

Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change

The interdisciplinary fellowship project "Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change" is part of the Volkswagen Foundation initiative "Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa". >>> Details
VolkswagenStiftung (2017-2020), Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert


Forschungsgruppe FOR2432 - Indien

Social-Ecological Systems in the Indian Rural-Urban Interface: Functions, Scales, and Dynamics of Transition (FOR2432) >>> Details
DFG (2016-2022),
Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert, Dr. Ellen Hoffmann

Phase II (2019-2022)
Teilvorhaben A01/2: Plant growth, water quality, carbon, and nutrient flows in rural-urban cropping systems at different spatial scales. Prof. Dr. A. Buerkert, S. Sourav, R. Suddapuli

Phase I (2016-2019)
Teilvorhaben A01/1: Intensification effects on matter flows in rural-urban cropping systems. Prof. Dr. A. Buerkert, B. Koch, R. Suddapuli

UrbanFoodPlus - West Africa

African-German partnership to enhance resource use efficiency and improve food security in urban and peri-urban agriculture of West African cities (UrbanFoodPlus)   >>> Details
BMBF GlobE (2013-2018), Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert

Sub-project SP1: Coordination of activities, International Graduate School (IGS), data management and modeling, preparatory activities, and central experiments.
Teilprojektleitung Dr. Christoph Steiner

Sub-project SP2: Agronomy: Enhancing sustainable food production through better nutrient use efficiency, soil organic carbon management and heavy metal assessment.
Teilprojektleitung Dr. Kathrin Stenchly