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


  • 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

  • Kaplan, M., Brüntrup-Seidemann, S. & Herforth, N. (2019), The private sector and development co-operation – two unequal partners in the promotion of agriculture. Rural 21 , Vol. 53, Nr. 1/2019.
  • 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

  • Kaplan, M., Brüntrup-Seidemann, S. & Herforth, N. (2018). Zusammenarbeit mit der Privatwirtschaft im Agrarsektor in der deutschen Technischen Zusammenarbeit. Evaluation report, Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (DEval), Bonn.
  • Kaplan, M., Brüntrup-Seidemann, S. & Herforth, N. (2018). Kooperation mit der Privatwirtschaft - geeignet, um Entwicklung im Agrarsektor zu fördern? Policy Brief, Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (DEval), Bonn.
  • 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 Göttingen. www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.