Dr. Jorge Sellare was a GlobalFood member from 2017-2020. The information on this site reflects the status at the point of leaving GlobalFood.


Jorge Sellare

Occupation after leaving GlobalFood

Senior Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Research Interests

Rural development and food security
Agricultural and environmental policy
Linking smallholders to markets
Social network analysis

[Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development;
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim, Global Food Subproject C1]


  • 04/2017 – 05/2020: Ph.D., University of Goettingen, Germany; Thesis: "Food sustainability standards and agricultural cooperatives: implications for the small farm sector of Côte d’Ivoire"
  • 10/2012 - 07/2014: Master of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany; Thesis: "Improving Market Linkages in Rural Colombia: An empiric analysis of a market access program for smallholders"
  • 02/2006 - 09/2010: Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 10/2008 - 03/2009: Exchange student at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Professional Experience

  • Since 05/2020: Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany
  • 04/2017 - 05/2020: Research Associate, Research Training Group: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems GlobalFood, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany
  • 05/2015 - 03/2017: Consultant, Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica
  • 08/2015 - 10/2017: Lecturer, graduate course "Principles of Data Management with R", Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica
  • 02/2015 - 05/2015: International Consultant, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
  • 03/2014 - 02/2015: Visiting Researcher, research group Linking Farmers to Markets, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
  • 02/2013 - 04/2013: Intern, Enterprise Development Program (MFS-II), SPARK, Kosovo

A: Peer-reviewed publications and book chapters

  • Knößlsdorfer, I., J. Sellare, M. Qaim (2021). Effects of Fairtrade on farm household food security and living standards: Insights from Côte d’Ivoire. Global Food Security 29, 100535, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100535
  • Jäckering, L., E.M. Meemken, J. Sellare, M. Qaim (2021). Promoting written employment contracts: Evidence from a randomised awareness campaign. European Review of Agricultural Economics, jbaa035, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/erae/jbaa035
  • Sellare, J., Meemken, E.-M., Kouamé, C., & Qaim, M. (2020). Do sustainability standards benefit smallholder farmers also when accounting for cooperative effects? Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire.American Journal of Agricultural Economics. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajae.12015
  • Sellare, J., Meemken, E. M., Qaim, M. (2020). Fairtrade, Agrochemical Input Use, and Effects on Human Health and the Environment. Ecological Economics, 176. DOI: a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106718">https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106718.
  • Meemken, E.-M., Sellare, J., Kouame, C. N., & Qaim, M. (2019). Effects of Fairtrade on the livelihoods of poor rural workers. Nature Sustainability, 2(7), 635-642.
  • Rivera Acevedo, J. D., Sellare, J., & Martínez, L. (2019). The Rise of Policy-Making and Public Policy Research in Colombia. In: H. M. Grimm (Ed.), Public Policy Research in the Global South: A Cross-Country Perspective (pp. 87–103). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-06061-9_6.
  • de Sousa, K., Casanoves, F., Sellare, J., Ospina, A., Suchini, J. G., Aguilar, A., & Mercado, L. (2018). How climate awareness influences farmers’ adaptation decisions in Central America? Journal of Rural Studies, 64, 11–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.09.018
  • Gutierrez-Montes, I., Arguedas, M., Ramirez-Aguero, F., Mercado, L., & Sellare, J. (2018). Contributing to the construction of a framework for improved gender integration into climate-smart agriculture projects monitoring and evaluation: MAP-Norway experience. Climatic Change, 158, 93-106. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-018-2231-1
  • Mercado, L., Alpízar, F., Arguedas, M., Sellare, J., Imbach, P., Brenes, C., & Aguilar, A. (2017). Rapid participatory appraisal for the design and evaluation of payment for ecosystem services: An introduction to an assessment guide. In: Co-investment in ecosystem services: global lessons from payment and incentive schemes. Nairobi: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

B: Other publications

  • Jäckering, L., Meemken, E. M., Sellare, J., Qaim, M. (2020). Spoken Words Fly Away, Written Words Remain: Employment Contracts between Farmers and Farm Workers. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 143, University of Göttingen. http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.
  • Sellare, J., Meemken, E. M., Qaim, M. (2020). Agrochemical Input Use, and Effects on Human Health and the Environment. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 136, University of Göttingen.http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.
  • Sellare, J., Meemken, E. M., Kouamé, C., & Qaim, M (2019). Do Sustainability Standards Benefit Smallholder Farmers Also When Accounting For Cooperative Effects? Evidence from Côte d'Ivoire. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 129, University of Göttingen. http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.