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

Opening session 18.09.2019

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 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’.

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.

Jacques WeryJacques Wery
Deputy Director General and Director of Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Dr. Jacques Wery obtained a PhD in crop physiology and a post-doc diploma habilitation for senior research management from the University of Montpellier. He served as professor of agronomy and agricultural systems at the University Montpellier until 2018, when he joined ICARDA as Deputy Director General and Director for Research. Jacques has vast expertise in Mediterranean crops and cropping systems, and he specialized in modelling and prototyping of cropping systems. His interdisciplinary research approaches and systems analysis cover the plant, field, farm and supply chain levels. He engaged in several multidisciplinary initiatives on functional analysis and design of cropping systems, as well as on integrated modelling of agricultural systems. Prior to joining ICARDA, he served as Executive Secretary of the European Society for Agronomy and Chair of the Farming Systems Design Network, among other appointments.


Closing session 20.09.2019

Miet Maertens; Copyright: KU Leuven - Rob StevensMiet Maertens
KU Leuven, Belgium
Miet Maertens is professor in agricultural and development economics and head of the Division of Bioeconomics at KU Leuven. She holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the Georg-August University in Goettingen and MSc. degrees in Economics and in Bioscience Engineering from KU Leuven. She received the Josef G. Knoll-Science Award in 2004.
Her research focuses on food trade, supply chain coordination, food standards, and sustainable agricultural intensification – she studies these issues from the perspective of how they affect low- and middle- income countries and the rural development process in these countries, with specific attention to pro-poor growth, food security, gender and empowerment.


Immaculate N. MainaImmaculate N. Maina
County Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Nakuru County, Kenya
Dr. Immaculate Maina holds a PhD from Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, in Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management. She acquired her MSc in Agricultural Extension and BSc in Science Education Botany and Zoology from the Faculty of Education and Community Studies of Egerton University, Kenya. Dr. Maina has over 15 years of research experience in pro-poor agri-food systems innovations. Her research focused on rural innovations and the functioning of the linkages that underlie adoption and upscaling of agricultural technologies for improved rural livelihoods. She has written on gender and agriculture, rural farming systems, the interactions between socio-economic status, poverty, gender and environment as well as on climate change issues in the agriculture sector. Today, as the County Minister, she is responsible for implementation of County and relevant national legislation; management and coordination of the functions of the County departments; as well as preparation of proposed legislation for consideration by the County Assembly. She also provides the County Assembly with full and regular reports on matters relating to the Department. She leads a team of 447 officers in carrying out these duties.


Invited speakers

Thematic sessions 19 and 20.09.2019

Angela D. AkorsuAngela D. Akorsu
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Dr. Angela Dziedzom Akorsu is a senior research fellow and head of the Department of Labour and Human Resource Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and works on labour and gender issues in development studies. Her current research is around informal economy organisation, decent work along agricultural value chains as well as gender and rural women’s livelihoods. Some of her recent publications include: Feminisation of labour; Organising casual workers on an oil palm plantations in Ghana; Gender evaluation of agricultural intensification practices in northern Ghana; Collective agency and organizing among domestic workers.

Samuel M. ContrerasSamuel M. Contreras
Chief of Soil Conservation and Management Division, Bureau of Soils and Water Management and Chairman, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification focal point, Quezon City, Philippines
Engr. Samuel M. Contreras is a research fellow of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). In 2002-2003 he finished his Master of Applied Science in Natural Resources Engineering at Lincoln University, New Zealand in 1999. He was involved in several projects related to soil and water management as a Team Leader and has co-authored several technical papers in the same field. Mr. Contreras serves as the Science and Technology Correspondent to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and is involved in the formulation of the UNCCD’s Future Strategic Framework as the Southeast Asia sub-regional representative to the Intergovernmental Working Group. He is an active member of the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT), a global network of sustainable land management specialists.

Daniel J. HawkinsDaniel J. Hawkins
Research Director at the National Union School (Escuela Nacional Sindical) in Medellín, Colombia
Dr. Daniel Hawkins obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, Australia, a Masters of Arts in Global Political Economy and a PhD in Economic and Social Science from the University of Kassel, Germany. He completed a post-doc at the Center for Global Workers' Rights at Pennsylvania State University, United States of America. Currently he serves as Director of Research at the National Trade Union School of Colombia.