Tropentag 2019:

Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management

September 18 - 20, 2019,
organised by
Universities of Kassel and Goettingen, Germany

Plenary Session addresses

Carla D. MartinCarla D. Martin
Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Dr. Carla D. Martin is the founder and executive director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) and a lecturer in the department of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Carla’s work at FCCI focuses on identifying, developing, and promoting fine cacao and chocolate, primarily by addressing ethics and quality issues in the supply chain. As a social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests that include history, agronomy, ethnomusicology, and linguistics, her current research focuses on the politics of fine cacao and chocolate in the global perspective, for which she has conducted fieldwork in West Africa, Latin America, North America, and Europe.

Andrew NobleAndrew Noble
Deputy Director General for Research at the International Center for Agricultural Researche in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Dr. Andrew Noble is the Deputy Director General for Research at ICARDA, this year’s Tropentag CGIAR feature center. Andrew holds a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Georgia and his research career in agriculture spans over 30 years. It includes work as principal scientist with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization (CSIRO), as project leader and principal scientist at the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research in South Africa and as lecturer at the Department of Crop Science, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, before he joined ICARDA in 2015.


Miet Maertens; Copyright: KU Leuven - Rob StevensMiet Maertens
KU Leuven, Belgium
Miet Maertens owned a PhD in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Goettingen and received the Josef G. Knoll-Science Award in 2004.
Actually she is head of the Division of Bioeconomics at the KU Leuven, Belgium. This division aims at understanding and shaping economic decision-making by private and public agents to support the development of more sustainable agricultural and food systems, and to promote ecosystem services and values. We engage in applied empirical economic research in agricultural, food and natural resource economics; and our disciplinary approach provides a strong basis for multi- and interdisciplinary collaborative research on sustainable agricultural and food systems. Our division has solid expertise in survey-based and experimental economic research in various countries across the globe, and maintains a research infrastructure of survey databases and tools. We provide research-based academic education in the field of agricultural, food and natural resources economics.


Tony RinaudoTony Rinaudo
former World Vision, Australia
Dr. Tony Rinaudo is a Natural Resources Management Specialist and agronomist who has worked for World Vision for a number of years. Tony’s achievements in developing and promoting agricultural-forestry-pastoral systems are manifold and well-known. Over 25 years ago, with the help of local farmers in Niger, Tony began implementing a conservation farming system which we know as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). This approach has been so successful that it has been applied in at least 24 African countries. His successful work across Asia and Africa during more than 35 years has been prized with several international awards, the most recent being the 2018 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.