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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.


Livelihood and climate trade offsN2O fluxes were collected between 10 am and 1 pm throughout the experimental period using vented static chambers.
© Sarah Mayr

New Article: Livelihood and climate trade-offs in Kenyan peri-urban vegetable production 

Agriculture is the largest source of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), which is emitted through the excessive use of synthetic fertilizers and animal manure. The important question hereby is how to sustainably intensify agricultural production with benefits for all, farmers, consumers and the environment.

A new article about Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience Building at the Social Margins in the Mata Atlântica has been published.

In the „International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Special Issue: Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience Building at the Social Margins” the article „Disaster Perception and Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction in the Mata Atlântica in Brazil” was published. It looks into the question of differences among the income groups with regards to risk perception.











New Article about Climate Smart Agriculture – Csa in the journal DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION

Climate change and its impacts are a major challenge to agriculture worldwide. Climate-smart agriculture (Csa) was developed in response. Csa is now being promoted as a cultivation method among particularly vulnerable smallholder farmers in western Kenya. A team from the Centre for rural Development (sle Berlin) has researched what conditions must be in place for implementation to be successful.


Participants of the workshop am World Vegetable Center in Arusha.
©Sönke Marahrens, Julia Legelli

News from Kenya/Tanzania: SLE participants visit World Vegetable Center in Arusha, Tanzania

The SLE participants conducting the overseas project "Circular knowledge exchange for food and nutrition security - establishing sustainable mechanisms for knowledge exchange and dissemination for African indigenous vegetables in Kenya and Tanzania" visited the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) facilities in Arusha.

The motivations of the farmer researchers to conduct experiments on soil fertility, is enquired through a game involving a ranking with corn grains.

Agus Motivation BatuSura

In the village Batu Sura‘ a meeting takes place in the community house..

Climate Resilient Agriculture Investigation and Innovation Project (CRAIIP)

SLE supports a solution oriented research cooperation project in Indonesia, funded by Brot für die Welt and titled “Climate resilient agriculture investigation and innovation project” (CRAIIP)
Local partners are a community organising program of the church of Toraja, Kondoran, the Indonesian farmer organisation for integrated farming, IPPHTI, and the Uuniversities in Makassar, UNHAS,and Bandung, UNPAD.

Towards a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable rural transformation in Africa: Project results are available

With the empirical studies concluded, first results of the project are now available.

The final report "Towards inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa" has been released SLE DISCUSSION PAPER 07/2017 Final Report - Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project description: Starting with the collection of data on demographic, economic, ecological and social trends, a documentary analysis and an on-site problem analysis in partnership with local people and experts, the project aims to develop future scenarios for rural transformation in Zambia, Benin and Ethiopia. Based on the results of this process, the project will identify policies and strategies for increasing the ecological and social sustainability of this transformation.

A participant of the programme discusses challenges of evaluating international projects like HORTINLEA.
© Sergio Urioste Daza

Striking new paths:

HORTINLEA Master’s Thesis Programme

In September 2016, the HORTINLEA-project started a new groundbreaking SLE- initiative. The HORTINLEA Master’s Thesis Programme. It is designed to support master students with their master theses in contentwise, organisational and financial ways. 13 students were selected and provided an insight into international organisations, field research and interdisciplinary sciences over the following months. The programme supports and promotes their analytical, methodological and communicative skills.

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