Dr. Silke Stöber

Responsibilities at the SLE

SLE RESEARCH: Researcher, research coordinator and project leader of climate change adaptation projects, Indonesia: climate-resilient agriculture investigation and innovation project and Kenya: HORTINLEA sub-project 8: Climate change and ecological sustainability.


Career profile

PhD in agricultural economics with a regional specialisation in Asia. Over 20 years' experience in development and research at various institutions, including Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), CARE International, Helvetas, German Welthungerhilfe, Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband (German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation), GIZ, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

Consultant and trainer in rural development, food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, gender, vulnerability analysis, adaptation to climate change, communication, leadership and conflict resolution, participatory research, evaluation of programmes and projects.

Short Curriculum Vitae
Since 2014


Research coordinator, SLE, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Since 2002


Freelance consultant and trainer in development cooperation, for various NGOs (DWHH, Helvetas, CARE, DGRV) and GIZ

2010 - 2013


Coach and programme coordinator for remote ethnic groups programme, CARE International, Laos



Researcher, BMBF climate change adaptation project INKA-BB (KLIMZUG), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

2010 PhD in agriculture (Prof. Nagel), action research on village development, village movements and civic engagement in remote rural areas of Brandenburg
2003 - 2009


Research Fellow, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Agriculture, Institute for Agricultural Economics, rural extension and communication department: PhD thesis: Communication and cooperation of villages for sustainable development of rural areas

2000 - 2001


Capacity Building and Training Advisor, United Nations World Food Programme, Vientiane, Laos

1998 - 1999


Programme coordinator for rural development, German Development Service (DED), Laos

1995 - 1997


General Agricultural Advisor in Lao-German Rural Development Project, Bokeo Province, Laos (GTZ, IFAD)



Participant of postgraduate study programme at SLE


1992 - 1993


Business consultant, KMP Business Consultancy, Kiel

1985 - 1992


Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel; Dipl. Ing. agr. Agricultural Economy

Consultancy, training and research projects
  • Evaluations: Evaluation of Rural Income through Sustainable Energy (Helvetas), Assessment of the Implementation of Lao Extension Approach - Lessons learned (Helvetas), Promotion of Cooperative Self-Help groups in Asia 2012-2014 Sub-project Laos (DGRV).
  • Research proposals / studies: EU proposals: Forest Governance for a civil society consortium, Food security in Tajikistan, University partnership with West Siberia; other projects: Food security and management of natural resources, nutritional agriculture in South-East Asia, climate change adaptation strategy Laos, action research on living villages in Brandenburg.
  • Training: Leadership training for garment factory managers from Sri Lanka and Thailand, Laos; team building and conflict-management workshops, GIZ Laos, facilitation of GIZ staff meetings, Postgraduate courses at Humboldt Universität: Participatory research and data collection methods, participatory rural innovation and knowledge systems, communication and cooperation, socio-economics of rural development.
  • Management: Disaster risk management Training Needs Assessment Afghanistan, interim management of emergency aid project WFP, food security project CARE Laos.
Selected Publications