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Press reports

  • Vanille-Krise auf Madagaskar - Hohe Preise, bessere Häuser? (Sep 2018) – for this German report about our project published by detektor.fm please click here.
  • Kreisheimatbund Peine: Umwelt als Aufgabe für alle (Apr 2018) – for this German article about our project published in Peiner Allgemeine Zeitung please click here.
  • Ein Traum von Vanille. Auf der Suche nach dem gerechten Aroma (Apr 2018) – for this German report about our project published by Deutschlandfunk please click here.
  • Verpuffte Entwicklungshilfe. Madagaskar und der Geldregen aus dem Ausland (Nov 2017) – for this German report about our project published by Deutschlandfunk please click here.
  • Madagaskar: Nachhaltiger Vanilleanbau und gesellschaftliche Veränderungen. Wissenschaftler der Universität Göttingen untersuchen Landnutzung mit Diversitätsperspektive (Oct 2016) – for this German article about our project published in Agrar aktuell please click here (p.31).


Yield assessment on smallholder vanilla plantations

vanilla yield assessment
Which factors influence vanilla yields on smallholder plantations in NE Madagascar? Is it possible to combine high biodiversity with high yields in vanilla cultivation? To find out, we run a vanilla yield assessment on a total of 1,080 vanilla lianas spread over 30 plantations.
This research will result in management recom-mendations for farmers as well as much needed scientific data for sustainable vanilla certification schemes.


Göttingen International documenting in the project region

Göttingen International_3

Göttingen International visiting our project in SAVA, interviewing the PhD students and local stakeholders and documenting the project through filming.
Thank you for the visit! To watch the finished documentation please click here.




S. Annette Witherspoon participates at the UNLEASH Lab 2017

Annette, h2UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and to build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals. S. Annette Withersoon, PhD of the work package 3 of the "Diversity Turn In Land Use Sience", represented the Institute for Diversity Research.


Volkswagen Symposium Hanover

VW symposium_2On January 23rd and 24th the German team from Diversity Turn presented their project at the Volkswagen Symposium "Science for sustainable development" in Hanover. At the symposium, 15 VW funded research projects gave insights into their ongoing transdisciplinary research. For the Diversity Turn team, Prof. Dr. Bührmann and Prof. Dr. Marggraf presented some facts about our exploratory phase in Madagascar. Furthermore, our project team exhibited different posters that summarized the project outline and objectives.