Dr. Nico Herforth was a GlobalFood member from 2011-2015. The information on this site reflects the status at the point of leaving GlobalFood.

Occupation after leaving GlobalFood

Evaluator at DEval (German Institute for Development Evaluation), Bonn, Germany


Nico Herforth


Doctoral Researcher


  • 09/2009 – 09/2010
    International Development Studies, Utrecht University, degree: Master of Science
    Title of Master Thesis: “Livestock dip management in Tanzania – recommendations for a sus-tainable service delivery
  • 10/2003 – 08/2009
    Economic Geography, Geography and Economics, Aachen University, degree: Magister Artium
    Title of Magister Thesis: “The regional embeddedness of foreign firms in Thailand’s automo-tive industry
  • 08/1994 – 06/2003
    Secondary school, Einhard-Gymnasium, Aachen

Work experience

  • 04/2011 – 06/2015
    Research Associate, Research Training Group (RTG) Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems (GlobalFood), Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Georg-August University Göttingen
  • 02/2010 – 05/2010
    Junior researcher, SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation, Mwanza, Tanzania
  • 02/2009 – 05/2009
    Junior Economist, German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC), Bang-kok, Thailand
  • 04/2008 – 07/2008
    Course Unit Development Assistant, Urban Environmental Planning Pro-gramme in Vietnam (UEPP-VN), Ho-Chi-Minh-City, Vietnam
  • 02/2007 – 03/2007
    Internship, Misereor - Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation, Africa Department, Aachen

Research interests

  • Private sector development in developing countries, Global Value Chains, rural development


a) Peer-reviewed publications or book chapters

  • Herforth, N., A. Müller (2012). Clusters and global value chains - Conceptual approaches and casestudy
    evidence of the agri-food sector. In: Theuvsen, L., A. Voss (Eds.). International High-
    Value Chains. Cuvillier Verlag: Göttingen, pp. 87-115.

b) Others

  • Dr. Nico Herforth (2015). Modern supply chains, social networks, and income effects among blackberry farmers in the Ecuadorian Andes. PhD Thesis. http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-1735-0000-0022-6038-5
  • Herforth, N., L. Theuvsen, W. Vásquez, M. Wollni (2015). Understanding participation in modern supply chains under a social network perspective ? evidence from blackberry farmers in the Ecuadorian Andes. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 57, University of Göt-tingen. www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.