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Food production from planting, processing and preparation is in the hands of women and girls. (SLE Togo 2018)

The untapped potential of working women

Rural women and adolescent girls are a driving force of the rural economy in sub-Saharan Africa. A focus on women’s education and training will contribute to unlock the African agricultural sector’s potential for food security, poverty eradication and job creation. Women play a predominant role in sub-Saharan Africa’s food production, processing and trade. They also account for 50 per cent of the agricultural workforce. Despite of their important role for the economy, women and girls access to education and training opportunities lags far behind.

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Coffee from Toraja presented at the Sarasehan.

Heavy rain and sea level rise: Indonesian farmers between climate change adaptation and climate protection

The cultural attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Germany, Dr. Ahmad Saufi, invited the SLE to report on the situation of small family farms in South Sulawesi (Toraja) and West Java. Mrs. Birgit Steffan opened the Sarasehan, which means workshop in Bahasa Indonesia, and welcomed the guests who had already enjoyed fresh coffee from Toraja and Indonesian snacks. Dr. Silke Stöber, who is coordinating the CRAIIP research project, explained that smallholders are constantly looking for new ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change as these changes make their farming conditions increasingly difficult. Bread for the World (BFDW) supports the project through its local partners JAMTANI and Motivator Kondoran (Church of Toraja).


Early Bird offer until April 30th, 2019: Enrol now for our SLE TRAINING courses and get a discount on the tuition fee

Apply now to join our training courses in Management of Development Projects, Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, Greener Cities for Sustainable Development, Training of Trainers, Moderation of Events and Process Facilitation or Designing Participatory Workshops. Click the link to enrol:

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These are the 2019 SLE overseas projects

The regions and topics for this years overseas projects of the SLE postgraduate studies are clear. Our Students will work in Mongolia, Rwanda/Uganda, Benin/Togo and southern Africa.Read a short summary of each of the projects:

Mongolia: Additional income for mobile pastoralist families in Mongolia

The wide grasslands of Mongolia are overgrazed. Roughly 70-80% of the pasture land is degraded. Because of that, additional sources of income for mobile pastoralist are necessary. The SLE will describe the status quo of livelihoods of mobile pastoralist families as well as analyze the potential of vegetable gardening and nature tourism as possible additional sources of income.

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Action- and Decision-oriented Research Handbook has been released!


For anyone, who always wanted to know, how to develop a solution oriented research project with an interdisciplinary team. For more than 24 years, Dr. Karin Fiege has prepared interdisciplinary teams for overseas projects. Her knowledge and experience is now summarized in a new handbook.






Interviews and further Insights into UFiSAMo

The UFiSAMo-Project (Urban Agriculture for Food Security and Income Generation in South Africa and Mozambique) analyses urban agricultural production systems and how to best improve them.
For urban communities in Maputo/ Mozambique and Cape Town/ South Africa UFISAMO aims to:

  • improve food security and safety
  • improve income generation
  • assess benefits and risks in integrated urban livestock and crop farming
  • combine research and practical applications of urban farming from grassroots to upper policy levels
In order to provide more insight into the project, a new 20 minute video has been produced by Dariusch Tabib-Elahi, which puts small scale local farmers into the centre of attention.

Finishing productive week of Rural Transformation training course

The SLE TRAINING course “Rural Transformation”, took place from 22 – 26 October 2018, and welcomed 13 participants from 9 different countries to explore a new perspective on rural development. The course focused on the systematic analysis of Structural and Rural Transformation processes, their assessment with due consideration of development policy objectives and aimed at contributing to policies and strategies for the effective promotion and shaping of those processes in a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable manner.

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