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Supported thesis 2015 - 2023
Hermann Eiselen Scholarship Program

In the sponsorship year 2023 the following 4 supported theses were completed:

  • Amankwah, Esther, Exploring the Knowledge, Perceptions, and Responses of Smallholder Farmers to the Living Income Differential in Ghana’s Cocoa Sector, 2023 Summary as View-PDF
  • Lormphongs, Acamsiri, Exploring the enablers and barriers for farmers to produce within Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS): A case of organic vegetable farms in Thailand, with a comparative study of Vietnam, 2023 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schlösinger, Anne, From waste to taste: Recycling of the coffee by-product „fresh pulp“ into fruit spreads, 2024 Summary as View-PDF
  • Stadelmeyer, Kristin, Development and quality evaluation of pastries enriched with coffee flour produced from Costa Rican coffee cherries, 2023 Summary as View-PDF

In the sponsorship year 2022 the following 7 supported theses were completed:

  • Hasenbach, Fiona, How to increase the benefits of soil carbon projects for smallholder farmers? A case study from Kenya, 2023 Summary as View-PDF
  • Krumbe, Falk Milan Georg, The economic dependency of Ghana's cocoa sector on pollination services, 2022 Summary as View-PDF
  • Mauthe, Franziska, Genetic diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of Theobroma cacao as influenced by environmental factors, 2023 Summary as View-PDF
  • Moore, Jennifer, Wild harvest practices of the Moroccan Äit Isful women: Perceived environmental changes and their social and food security implications, 2023 Summary as View-PDF
  • Morcote Martínez, Melissa Cristina, Water management practices and adaptation to climate change - microclimatic data and cocoa farmers perceptions in Alto Beni, Bolivia, 2023 Summary as View-PDF
  • Nuwanthi, Kushala Amilia, An Intersectional Analysis of Caste and Gender in Organic Cotton in Madhya Pradesh, India, 2023 Summary as View-PDF
  • Okeke, Immaculata Ijeoma, Are Animal Breeding and Digital Technologies Shifting Gender Norms and Dynamics? The Case of Tanzanian Small-Scale Dairy Farming Households, 2023 Summary as View-PDF

In the sponsorship year 2021 the following 5 supported theses were completed:

  • Beck, Janna, Feasibility study of a solar powered hammer mill for Maize in rural Mbinga district, Tanzania, 2022 Summary as View-PDF
  • Grau, Joshua, Examining Livestock Development and Giving Recommendations to Develop the Livestock Sector in Zambia, 2022 Summary as View-PDF
  • Laffoon, Bethany Lynn, Examining Development Pathways and Tradeoffs of Pastoral Livestock Systems in Kenya, 2022 Summary as View-PDF
  • Pereira Goss, Luisa, Agroecological transitions: a case study of the Terra Vista Settlement, 2022 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schwarze, Louis Philipp, Governance of pesticides in Zambia, 2022 Summary as View-PDF

In the sponsorship year 2020 no thesis was supported.

In the sponsorship year 2019 the following 8 supported theses were completed:

  • Chertkov, Georgi, Quantifying Pond and Labor Productivity of Small-holder Aquaculture Farmers in the Central Dry-Zone of Myanmar, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Khanh Thuy Dinh, Marketing and Branding Options for Pork Products from Ban Pigs in Northern Vietnam, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Lee, Ivan Minsung, Exploring Korea's unique development aid model via the "can-do" spirit: the case of pilot villages in northern Ethiopia , 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Plöchl, Jane Friedericke, Herders’ traditional knowledge and rangeland management as climate adaption strategy in the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, Northern Tanzania, 2020 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schlichenmaier, Samuel, Soil aggregate formation following plant residue addition of different qualities to low fertility sandy soils in north eastern Thailand, 2020 Summary as View-PDF
  • Vehre, Alysha, The role of edible weeds as food amidst an herbicide revolution in Zambia, 2021 Summary as View-PDF
  • Wollmershäuser, Judith, Nutritional assessment using the CIMI approach in Lango Sub-Region, Uganda, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Zawada, Paulina, Effects of the integrated crop-livestock and crop-livestock-forestry systems on forage growth, grazing behaviour, feed intake and performance of Nellore heifers during the dry season in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, 2020 Summary as View-PDF

In the sponsorship year 2018 the following 13 supported theses were completed:

  • Berning, Julia Christin, Chemical and morphological characterisation of fruits from wild-growing Bactris guineensis (L.) H. E. Moore palms from Costa Rica, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Hinderer, Melanie, Macaw palm-based cropping systems and their potential for the coffee zone of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Mohammad Anisuzzaman , Understanding arsenic risks of groundwater irrigation in the rice value chain in Bangladesh, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Opeyemi Obafemi, Adelesi, Economic analysis of small holder aquaculture farmers: The case of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Polanco Medina, Luis A., Seasonal food access as a pathway to the double burden of malnutrition: a case study of smallholder coffee farmers in Bolivia, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Ramdeen, Raisa, Evaluating seed quality traits in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) to generate genomic prediction models, 2018 Summary as View-PDF
  • Reitemeier, Maren, Feasibility of food waste reduction options in the context of urban Sri Lanka, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Ruggaber, Julian, Interaction of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi with the tropical grass Brachiaria humidicola with special emphasis on the phenomenon of Biological Nitrification Inhibition, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schätzel, Daniela, Success factors of PGS-based value chains: A case study among smallholder Farmers in Jharkhand, India, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schweizerhof, Carolin, Knowledge and perception of edible weeds in the face of the African herbicide revolution: A case study from Zambia, 2019 Summary as View-PDF
  • Silveira-Mondaini, Alexandre, Selection Signatures in CIMMYT’s International Elite Spring and Semi-Arid Wheat Yield Trials, 2019 Zusammenfassung als Ansichts-PDF
  • Vargas-Carpintero, Ricardo, The potential of Acrocomia value webs for rural development and bioeconomy in Paraguay, 2018 Summary as View-PDF
  • Weiler, Ann Christin, Peasant Seed Systems and the Influence of Legal Frameworks and Civil Society Organisations - case study from Mali, West Africa, 2019 Summary as View-PDF

In the sponsorship year 2017 the following 9 supported theses were completed:

  • Bae, Sangeun: How can organic pig production with local breeds in the Philippines succeed in keeping morbidity and mortality low while avoiding anti-microbial use?, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Ding, Siyun: Emissions and environmental impact of rice straw valorization via carbonization and composting, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Hübner, Severin, Effects of microclimate on field water dynamics in different land use systems of the Brazilian Cerrado, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Kauk, Christina: Establishment, multiplication and in vitro regeneration of guava (Psidium guajava L.), 2018 Summary as View-PDF
  • Massuela, Danilo, Hemp as a functional crop to promote food security in Quilombola communities in the Brazilian Sao Francisco valley: A Case Study, 2018 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schiesari, Carolina, The unequal allocation of PRONAF resources: Which factors are determining the program’s intensity across Brazil?, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schüle, Jan: Introducing neglected drought-tolerant crops to farmers in central and southern Karamoja sub-region of Uganda: Farmers’ perceptions and early empirical evaluation of pigeonpea adoption after a seed distribution project, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Terrel Gutierrez, Meylin Mirtha: Nutritional profile and yield of various amaranth accessions grown at different locations and altitudes in Peru, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Vargas Garro, Alexander: Measuring Economic Sustainability using a Composite Indicator in Cacao Production in Peru, 2018 Summary as View-PDF

In the sponsorship year 2016 the following 11 supported theses were completed:

  • Dapp, Michael, Evaluation of the field efficacy of biopesticides based on granulovirus (TuabGV, PhopGV) and of attract-and-kill to control Tuta absoluta (Meyrick), 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • García Hoyos, Ana María, Current state and challenges of the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) of native and traditional seeds for the local seed network in Colombia, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Harrison, Clare, Potato Diversity Buffering Against Climate Variabiltiy & Food Insecurity: Evaluation of In-Situ Conservation of Native varieties by Farming Communities in the Peruvian Andes, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Jedig, Eugen, Early source development of lowland rice as affected by variable thermal environments in high altitude cropping systems in Madagascar, 2016 Summary as View- PDF
  • Lin, Jessie, Opportunities and Constraints in the Ethiopian Bamboo Sector: An institutional analysis of bamboo-based value web , 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Mader, Lisa, Impact of cacao cropping systems, varieties and crown related parameters on cherelle wilt and yield, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Nieland, Corinna: Informal seed systems and their importance for food and nutrition security in East Africa - A case study from Kenya and Uganda, 2018 Summary as View-PDF
  • Otto, Lutz-Heiner, Assessing the economic potential and land-use changes of Conservation Agriculture practices in northern Namibia - A multiperiod modeling approach, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Pochert, Sebastian Michael, Soil macronutrient availability in farmer’s fields along the north-western slope of Mt Elgon, Uganda, 2017 Summary as View-PDF
  • Pöhlmann, Inga, How can food security and income diversity of smallholder farmers in the Philippines be improved by organic pig production?, 2016 Summary as View- PDF
  • Thomae, Madeleine, Assessment of residue decomposition and soil carbon dynamics under a range of legume cropping systems in Kenya, 2017 Summary as View-PDF

In the sponsorship year 2015 the following 14 supported theses were completed:

  • Arcas Pilz, Verónica, Supermarkets as a diversification strategy of coffee cooperatives: the case of Coopedota R. L. in Costa Rica, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Beitze, Damaris Elisabeth, Treatment and prevention of malnutrition among infants and young children in Birbhum District, West-Bengal, India, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Gownipuram, Ravindravarma, The use of sorghum-legume silages for feeding of crossbred lactating cows in El Salvador, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Jocher, Franziska Eva, Räumliche Heterogenität der Vegetation und des Verhaltens von Milchkühen auf Weiden in den Anden Perus (Spatial heterogeneity of vegetation and behavior of dairy cows on pastures in the Andes of Peru), 2016 Summary as View- PDF
  • Kleemann, Tabea, Potential of maize-common bean intercropping: A review and a case study from the Philippines, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Michler, Lena, Top or flop - a socio-ecological study on natural resource use by pastoralists in and around the Richtersveld National Park, South Africa, 2016 Summary as View- PDF
  • Pott, Traute, Governance of programmes promoting local food systems for rural sustainable development in Vaalharts, South Africa - Adopting a right fot food lens, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Quaglia, Gisela, Payments for ecosystem services under REDD+: Potentials for uplands watersheds in Northern Thailand, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Röhrig, Felicitas, Adoption of Sustainable Land Management technologies among smallholder farmers in Eastern Bhutan - A microeconomic assessment using a mathematical programming model approach, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schappert, Alexandra, Effects of water availability and water management on the performance of NERICA 4 under rainfed conditions in semi-arid areas, Tanzania, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Schmitz, Hanna, Evaluation of the biological activity of granulovirus isolates from Tuta absoluta (TuabGV) and Phthorimaea operculella (PhopGV) in its primary and secondary host Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lep., Gelechiidae), 2016 Summary as View- PDF
  • Schönhaar, André, Assessment of water consumption of juvenile „Nam Dokmai “ mango trees (mangifera indica l.), 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Senz, Sarah Luisa, Adoption of Agro-Ecological farming Practices - A Case Study from Burkina Faso, 2016 Summary as View-PDF
  • Ünlü, Ayse Gül, Development and evaluation of attract-and-kill to control the tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta (Meyrick), 2016 Summary as View-PDF


Information material and requirements for funding can be found under the following link:

► Application forms 2017
► Contact Dr. Marcus Giese, Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute, Uni. Hohenheim
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