Towards a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable rural transformation in Africa

Project leader and contact: Dr. Susanne Neubert

Aim of the project: Identify strategies, tools and policies for managing socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable rural transformation in Africa.

Study commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ): Task Force 'A World Without Hunger' (SEWoH)

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.

Procedure: A preliminary conceptual and methodological study has identified the current state of affairs and established a methodology. Empirical data will be collected in Zambia, Benin and Ethiopia, in selected regions and on several levels. Scenarios for rural transformation within a time frame of 15 years will be developed together with African partners.

Time frame: October 2014 – March 2017

Deliverables: conceptual and methodological articles, working papers, policy briefs, country studies, summary papers, workshops, conference

Research team: Gabriele Beckmann, Christian Berg (comit), Dr. Karin Fiege, Anja Kühn, Margitta Minah, Dr. Susanne Neubert, Prof. Dr. Theo Rauch, Dr. Simone Rettberg (Bayreuth University), Daniela Richter, Anja Schelchen

Collaborating partners: German Development Institute (DIE), German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

PhD theses (2015-2018):

Margitta Minah: Inclusion in agriculture cooperatives: An analysis of institutions and pro-poor participation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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