Dr. Martin Christoph Parlasca

Research Interests
Rural development, food systems, food security, digital technology


  • PhD in economics (Dr. rer. pol.) (2020), University of Göttingen, Germany. Thesis: Essays on Trust, Mobile Phones, and Nutrition among Pastoralists in Northern Kenya.
    • M.Sc. Agricultural and Food Economics (2016) Bonn University, Germany. Focus areas: Agribusiness; Agricultural and Development Policy. Thesis: Motivation for Bilateral Development Assistance in the 21st Century
      • B.Sc Business Administration (2014) University of Cologne.

      • Professional Experience

        • Research Associate (Jul 2017- Mar 2020) Research Training Group: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems GlobalFood, Göttingen University
          • Agricultural Trainer (Jan 2017 – Jul 2017) Arava Institute for Sustainable Development in Lobur/Lodwar, Kenya
            • Secondary level teacher for Biology and Natural Phenomena (Aug 2016 – Nov 2016) German Embassy School Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
              • Various Student and Student Research Positions at the g.e.b.b in Cologne, Germany, Friedrich-Wilhelms University, and the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn, Germany

              • Research
                Peer-reviewed articles

                • Parlasca, M.C., Johnen, C., Qaim, M. (2021) Use of mobile financial services among farmers in Africa: Insights from Kenya. Global Food Security, forthcoming.
                  • Ruml, A., & Parlasca, M. C. (2021). In‐kind credit provision through contract farming and formal credit markets. Agribusiness, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21726
                    • Johnen, C., Parlasca, M.C., & Mußhoff, O. (2021). Promises and pitfalls of digital credit: Empirical evidence from Kenya. Plos one, 16(7), e0255215.
                      • Parlasca, M.C. (2021). A vital technology: Review of the literature on mobile phone use among pastoralists. Journal of International Development, 33(4), 780-799. doi:10.1002/jid.3540
                        • Parlasca, M.C., Herrmann, D., Mußhoff, O. (2020). Can mobile phones build social trust? Insights from rural Kenya. Journal of Rural Studies 79, 345-360. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.08.015
                          • Parlasca, M. C., Mußhoff, O., & Qaim, M. (2020). Can mobile phones improve nutrition among pastoral communities? Panel data evidence from Northern Kenya. Agricultural Economics, 51(3), 475-488. doi: 10.1111/agec.12566

                          • Working papers

                            • Parlasca, Martin C., Daniel Hermann, and Oliver Mußhoff. (2019) A radius of trust? Contrasting insights from experiments and survey data. Cege discussion paper 383.

                            • Non-scientific publications and outreach

                              • Parlasca, Martin C. (2021). Mobile-based solutions lagging behind their possibilities. Journal of International Development (Rural21). https://www.rural21.com/english/search/detail/article/mobile-based-solutions-lagging-behind-their-possibilities.html
                                • Parlasca, Martin C. (2020). Vielfältigere Ernährung durch Handynutzung? Wie Hirten in Kenia von Mobiltelefonen profitieren. https://agrardebatten.blog/2020/04/15/ernahrung-handynutzung-hirten-kenia/
                                  • Parlasca, Martin C. (2020) Phones for food: Nutritional implications of mobile phone use in rural Africa. GlobalFood Policy Brief Nr. 3. ISSN 2366-0546
                                    • Parlasca, Martin C., Lena Parlasca 2019. “Bittere Not, süßer Überfluss“, Neue Stadt, 2, 15-17
                                      • Parlasca, Martin C. Video 2019. GlobalFood: Trust but verify: How mobile phones increase trust among pastoralists in rural Kenya. https://agrardebatten.blog/2019/03/25/globelfood-trust-but-verify-how-mobile-phones-increase-trust-among-pastoralists-in-rural-kenya/
                                        • Parlasca, Martin C., Lena Parlasca 2017. “Ein schönes Land, aber kein gutes“, Neue Stadt, 1, 23-25.

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