Our goal is to conduct research and research-oriented training to further the understanding of the functioning of major tropical plant production systems in a changing environment.

Analytical Framework:

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Research Foci:

  • Ex-ante/Ex-post evaluation of sustainable intensification options/technological innovations

  • Assessing climate risks, climate change impacts and risk management options/adaptation and mitigation

  • Utilizing and managing genetic diversity to develop resilient crops/cropping systems

  • Model development, evaluation and improvement based on supportive experimentation (agroforestry, intercropping, impacts of climate extremes (e.g. heat and drought))

  • Integrated analysis of agricultural systems (food security and other ecosystem services) across disciplines from plant/field via farm to global

Ongoing Projects:

barista logoBARISTA - Advanced tools for breeding BARley for Intensive and SusTainable Agriculture under climate change scenarios

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SALLnet - South African Limpopo Landscapes Network - SPACES 2

AgMIP - Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project

impac logoIMPAC³ - Novel genotypes for mixed cropping allow for IMProved sustainable land use ACross arable land, grassland and woodland

Back to the Roots: Fostering Sustainable Nutrition in Africa
Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources More crop per drop for sub-Saharan Africa: Key rhizo-sphere traits to overcome multiple resource limitation


CBL logo CBL - Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use

SIA - Sustainable International Agriculture