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Enrolment for our 2018 SLE TRAINING courses

Apply now to join our training courses in Management of Development Projects, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Natural Resource and Agricultural Sector, Disaster Risk Management, Training of Trainers, Rural Transformation, and Conflict Management & Conflict Transformation.

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Impulse or Archive – About the actual role of SLE Overseas Projects

Useful, practical, far-reaching: SLE Overseas Projects make a difference. Cooperation Partners and SLE Students appreciate the annual Studies. That is the result of a new effect analysis of comit.:

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Study on Cassava in Malawi now available

A new “yellow series” study from our research in Malawi on cassava value chains is now available online. The study deals with agricultural innovations in cassava value chains in Malawi and was carried out in cooperation with IITA and GIZ in Lilongwe, Malawi and GIZ BEAF in Bonn, Germany. The interdisciplinary research team suggests that generally cassava is a suitable crop for smallholders in the 21st century, but it is not a silver bullet either.

More Articles on SLE Peru study

New articles on the overseas project that searched for development alternatives in Peru's mining regions were released! adressed the study in its' article "German researchers say mining intensifies social conflicts in Peru", while Deutsche Welle published an article written in Spanish, called "Perú paga un alto precio por su modelo minero".

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Javier Jahncke, Constantin Bittner and Moritz Fichtl.


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Delegation from Bangladesh visiting SLE

On April the 19th, 15 delegates from Bangladesh visited SLE on their trip under the topic "Understanding Aspects of Climate Mainstreaming and its Horizontal and Vertical Integration". Prof. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary (General Economics Division, Planning Commission) of the Bangladeshian Planning Ministry was part of the delegation. Dr. Ursula Hans, head of the international office of Humboldt Universität, greeted the delegates.

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Interview on the Overseas Project in Peru

In 2016, a group of SLE participants went to Peru for their overseas project in search for development alternatives in Peru's mining regions. They analysed the issues that come with the mining operations in Peru and examined a potential strategy of diversification focussed on agriculture.
SLE alumnus Constantin Bittner sat down for an interview with Deutschlandfunk, explaining some of the the results of the study.
Additionally, the study can now also be downloaded on the website of MISEREOR who commissioned it.

New Article in Rural 21

The potential of so-called underutilised crops for human nutrition and as a source of income for poor farmers in the Global South was discussed at the Elsevier International Conference on Global Food Security in Cape Town, South Africa.

Researchers from Kenya, Germany and the USA presented their latest research results. Three SLE staff were present. The article "Remembering forgotten crops – developing new value chains", which summarizes key aspects of the symposium is now available under this link on
Click here for the PDF version of the publication.

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Perspectives of Urban Agriculture in
Maputo and Cape Town

The „yellow″ SLE-Publication Series is the fruit of its overseas projects as part of SLE's postgraduate course „International Cooperation for Sustainable Development"

The new Study researched the possibilities and challenges of sustainable urban agriculture using the example of Maputo and Cape Town.

SLE Post-graduate studies program enters it's 56th year

Today, teaching starts again at SLE. 20 new participants are going to be educated and trained over the next weeks and months, before leaving for their 3 month research projects in the end of June.

The entire SLE team welcomes the new participants and wishes them a successful and exciting year!

A new article about our Overseas Project in Ethiopia has been published in the Journal Rural 21

The article "Beekeeping in Ethiopia’s wheatbelt – a way towards sustainable agro-ecosystems" is available on the homepage of Rural 21.
Click here for the whole publication.


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