Tropentag 2018:

Global food security and food safety: The role of universities

September 17 - 19, 2018,
organised by
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Tropentag 2017 Workshops

Additionally to the conference programme you have the possibility to attend several pre- and post-conference workshops. Below you will find short descriptions as well as details on time and date of the workshops.
If you are interested in participating in one of those workshops, please contact the workshop organisers respectively. You find the particular contact details together with the description.


Workshop 1: Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Organisers: Dr. Sarah Holzapfel and Dr. Michael Brüntrup, German Development Institute (DIE) and Dr. Hannah Jaenicke, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Contact: sarah.holzapfel(at)

Date: Tuesday, 19/09/2017, 13:30 – 17:00 h room LH10

Implementation of the SDGs is being carried out in most countries, however with variable intensity. Often, interdependencies and trade-offs between SDGs are not or only insufficiently observed in research and the supporting policy process. A key role for agricultural production is given to SDG 2 on combating hunger, but agriculture has many more implication - FAO lists 62 of the 169 targets as directly linked. There are positive, negative and many mixed relations, often depending on details and context. Without taking these interdependencies into consideration, seemingly obvious measures to achieve progress in one dimension of SDGs can do harm in others, and vice-versa sometimes there are overlooked win-win situations. We will look at the interdependencies between SDG 2 and other relevant SDGs. We will also look at the implications of the SDGs on research. Our workshop during Tropentag will build upon a discussion with German participants in late June 2017, which focused in particular on the German sustainability strategy. Here, we want to share indicative results from this workshop and broaden the approach to an international scope.
Main purpose of the workshop:
Discuss in a panel and with the participants the importance of holistic approaches in the implementation of the SDGs and the implications of the SDGs for research.


Workshop 12: Effective management of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects

Organiser: Mari Bieri and Veronika Jorch, Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Braunschweig, Germany
Contact: mari.bieri(at)

Date: Monday, 17/09/2018, 09:00 - 12:00

This session seeks to identify key success factors in the effective management of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects in the tropics. Our particular focus is in climate projects, where the investigated processes are typically highly complex, and where the more technical approaches need to be effectively integrated with other disciplines to produce solutions that respond to real needs of local land users. Particular challenges are related to effective communication between disciplines, management of data from various sources, and in particular facilitating the mutual interaction between researchers and local land-users/decision-makers.
If you are interested in contributing in the form of a brief keynote talk, please do contact us.
Main purpose of the workshop:
Identifying the key success factors and/ or best practices for effective management and local participation through keynote talks, followed by an interactive process with small group discussions. A summary draft of recommendations will be compiled in the end.


Workshop 3: An intercultural dialogue on social and cultural contexts of livestock production

Organisers: Dr. Wiebke Wellbrock, Department of Rural Sociology, University of Hohenheim; Dr. Birgit Boogaard, Kuwona – Advice, Training \& Illustrations, the Netherlands; Dr. Hanneke Nijland – Strategic Communication Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Contact: w.wellbrock(at)

Date: Tuesday, 19/09/2017, 13:30 – 17:00 h room LH8

Livestock production is ascribed high potential to contribute to food security and sustainable livelihoods in the tropics. This potential tends to be based on – often implicit – Western assumptions about increased and intensified livestock production. This entails a risk of imposing Western ideas on non-Western contexts and disregards the large variation in social and cultural contexts. Yet, animal farming is strongly embedded in social and cultural contexts, including local knowledge, traditions, values, institutions, and ethics. In this workshop, we invite participants to join an intercultural dialogue on western and non-western perspectives on livestock production.
Main purpose of the workshop:
A moderated network event to inspire each other and find common interests and opportunities on the topics above.


Workshop 4: Supporting youth in agriculture - how can we improve the position of youth in the sector

Organiser: Libuska Valesova and Stacy Hammond, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) / IAAS Germany team germany.expro(at)
Contact: europe(at)

Tuesday, 19/09/2017, 13:30 – 17:00 h room LH9

The workshop will explore with young agricultural professionals and other stakeholders what actions can the youth take to contribute to the improvement of the agricultural sector for future generations and how YPARD and IAAS can contribute more in this issue. Youth will be the central vision as present and future agents and beneficiaries, the other participants will play the role of supporting partners as source of inputs, experience and knowledge sharing.
Main purpose of the workshop:
Explore the main strategies for improving positions of young people in agricultural sector.


Workshop 5: Combining entrepreneurial action with transformation and information transfer - Enactus meets Tropentag

Organisers: Adelina Garamow, University of Mannheim and Dr. Falko Feldmann, The German Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health r.S.
Contact: adelina.garamow(at) or

Date: Wednesday, 20/09/2017, 09:00 – 12:30 h room LH8

The Enactus Team of the University Mannheim wants to offer Enactus as a networking platform for international cooperations with students, companies, academics and young scientists. We will present our organisation and show how we develop projects and fulfil our goals. We will demonstrate the project “ReSoil” in detail and explain the advantages of the project for rural and urban farmers in Uganda. A partner of us, Dr. Gudula Naiga Basaza, Kampala, will introduce the auditory to the Gudie Incubation Center (GIC) as a model for transformation and information transfer in Uganda. We will meet representatives of the DPG-Junior Scientists and the Working Group Plant Protection in the Tropics and Subtropics of DPG. We would highly appreciate a discussion with representatives of the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Research (ATSAF) and interested visitors of the Tropentag about the challenges and opportunities lying in entrepreneurial action under economically limited conditions of tropical regions. Further information can be found here: and
Main purpose of the workshop:
Networking; promotion of the idea of entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary and sustainable projects in the tropics


Workshop 6: Edible Insects: A trending solution to food security in the tropics

Organiser: Marwa Abdel Hamid Shumo, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Contact: mshummo(at)

Date: Wednesday, 20/09/2017, 09:00 – 12:30 h room LH7

Edible insects as an alternative protein source for human food and animal feed are interesting in terms of low greenhouse gas emissions, high feed conversion efficiency, low land use, and their ability to transform low value organic side streams into high value protein products. More than 2000 insect species are eaten mainly in tropical regions. The role of edible insects in the livelihoods and nutrition of people in tropical countries is discussed, but this food source is threatened. Edible insects have about the same protein content as conventional meat and more PUFA. They may also have some beneficial health effects. Edible insects need to be processed and turned into palatable dishes. Food safety may be affected by toxicity of insects, contamination with pathogens, spoilage during conservation and allergies.
Main purpose of the workshop:
Discuss ongoing research pathways to make insects a viable sector in food and agriculture: an appropriate disciplinary focus, quantifying its importance, comparing its nutritional value to conventional protein sources, environmental benefits, safeguarding food safety, optimising farming, consumer acceptance and gastronomy.


Workshop 7: Bioversity - ICRAF workshop on gender equitable value chain development (VCD)

Organisers: Dietmar Stoian, Bioversity International and Jason Donovan, World Agroforestry Center
Contact: Corine Loiseau c.loiseau(at)

Date: Wednesday, 20/09/2017, 09:00 – 12:30 h room LH9

Over the past decade, value chain development (VCD) has become a mainstream area in rural development. More recently, scholars and practitioners have been looking into ways to increase the benefits women derive from VCD. This workshop focuses on gender-equitable VCD and introduces a new methodology (5Capitals-G) for establishing baselines and assessing gender-differentiated impacts of VCD at the level of households and collective enterprises they are often linked with. We present case study findings from Guatemala (timber and NTFP value chains), India (fruits and millet) and Peru (cocoa), and will stimulate a discussion around the insights gained from tool testing and the case study findings.
Main purpose of the workshop:
Discussion of methodological advances for and insights from assessing gender-differentiated value chain impacts.


Workshop 8: The economics of improving seed systems of small scale farmers in developing countries

Organiser: Dr. Ingrid Fromm, Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL)
Contact: ingrid.fromm(at)

Date: Wednesday, 20/09/2017, 09:00 – 12:30 h room tba

Seeds are the most important input for agricultural production at the farm level, being a symbol of self-reliance, and at the same time, the object of a multi-billion, multinational business. Globally, the current trend goes towards the industrialization of seed production and the intensification of production systems, requiring high amounts of inputs linking to new markets and providing job opportunities. In parallel, there is also a trend towards a drastic narrowing of the genetic basis of seeds. In developing countries most of the seed used in staple food production still comes from informal/traditional sources, where farmers retain seed from their own production. For farmers with limited resources, struggling against difficult and uncertain climatic conditions, seed security and seed quality are of critical importance for their food security.
The discussions will address the following issues:
  • Seed business vs. seed tradition: Commercial vs. subsistence crops, What are the economically most important quality deficiencies of seed presently used by small farmers? Under which conditions (crops, farming systems) are formal and informal systems and combinations profitable? How can you build and improve on farmers' present seed systems?
  • Varietal portfolio: High yielding varieties vs. varieties adapted to present (often low) production intensity, homogenous crops vs. high genetic variability? How can small farmers get access to new varieties? Is a formally organized seed value chain a condition for this? Is dependency from supplier of seed a serious risk?
  • 3. Food security : What is the impact of the shift in seed systems on food security? How important is agro-biodiversity regarding food security?
  • Seed policies: Role of quality and certification of seed. Formal vs. informal seed systems. How can policies support good quality seed for farmers? How can we best take into account farmers’ practices? How to ensure that seed is available and affordable to small-holder farmers?
  • Influence of output markets on seed systems: How do output markets and market orientation of farmers shape the prevailing seed system in different crops? How do output markets influence the varietal portfolio of farmers?
Main purpose of the workshop:
The purpose of the workshop is to come to a good understanding of the difficulties small-scale farmers face with the current trends in seed systems and to determine which opportunities they have to address these challenges.