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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.

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A participant of the programme discusses challenges of evaluating international projects like HORTINLEA.
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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.

New Overseas Publications of SLE's Projects in Kenya

The 'yellow' series of studies is the result of the SLE's overseas projects, carried out as part of the graduate study programme in 'International Cooperation for Sustainable Development'.

What impacts do certain measures have in rural development?

In the context of a lecture series about the evaluation of development policy, SLE Director Dr. Susann Neubert has held a lecture at the University of Hmaburg addressing this question.

Presentation of research concepts for the overseas projects 2017

On July 24th and 25th, four teams of the 55th year of the  SLEs' postgraduate degree programme presented, alongside their team leaders,  their final research concepts before departuring to their assignments abroad in Malawi, Cambodia, Kenya and Mozambique/South Africa.

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Annual report 2016 released

The annual report of SLE has been released and is now available for download. Next to the topic of the year “urban agriculture in Mozambique and South Africa”, the inclusion of people with disabilities and the inclusion of refugees into SLEs’ operations are important subjects of the report. Also, it contains information about current developments within the four domains of work; SLE STUDIES, SLE TRAINING, SLE RESEARCH and SLE ADVISORY SERVICES.

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Call for abstracts until 15 June 2017 for Impacts World Conference 2017

SLE is hosting a workshop during the ImpactsWorld Conference (Potsdam, 11.-13. October 2017) titled Discovering the culture of resilience: The potential of traditional land-use practices in addressing the impacts of climate change and for reaching SDGs 2.4, 13.1 and 15. Please kindly note that should you be interested and able to participate, which we very much hope, you would need to submit an abstract to the conference website until 15 June 2017.

Training "Renforcement des Capacités Didactiques"

15 Experts from Mali took part in a two week long advanced training, regarding applied didactic and advisory skills at SLE. The participants expanded their expertise on how to advise small farmers in terms of using value creation chains, improving their production of potatoes and vegetables and regarding questions of irrigation. Field trips were also a part of the program, just like networking gatherings with other specialists.

The participants were agricultural engineers, lecturers and trainers of Malian training centres, agricultural schools and the University of the regions Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou and Mopti.

The training program was part of the SeWoH-initiative "Grüne Innovationszentren" of the BMZ.
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AP Philippines 2015 of very high relevance with regard to expected trade liberalisation in ASEAN countries

Results from sle Overseas Project (AP) Philippines in 2015 have now been published in RURAL 21. Participants of SLE post-graduate study programme in cooperation with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) analyzed how smallscale farmers can overcome barriers to access markets. The group has also looked into future opotunities created byurban markets. Results are of very high relevevance in the face of an expected trade liberalization of ASEAN countries in 2017. The article can be accessed on the RURAL 21 homepage. The full SLE study is also available for download.



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