Date/Place of Birth
April 13th 1983, in Berlin

University degrees
• Diplom-Volkswirt (Economist), Georg-August-University Göttingen, 2008

• October 2002 – May 2008: studies in economics, Georg-August-University Göttingen
• September 2006 – December 2006: studies in economics, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Work Experience

• Research assistant for the interdisciplinary research program STORMA (SFB 552, Project A4) on the stability of rainforest margins (funded by the German Research Council, DFG)
• Internships at the KfW Office (2007) in Beijing, PR China, and at the German Development Institute (2006), Bonn

Topic of dissertation
Linking smallholders to markets - determinants, participation dynamics and impacts of farmer collective action in Kenya

Research interests
Collective action, smallholders, food security, credit markets, mobile communication technologies

• Qaim, M., Fischer, E. (2010): Das Welternährungsproblem: Ursachen und neue Herausforderungen. In: Nova Acta Leopoldina NF 108, Nr. 374, pp. 51-68.
• Qaim, M., Fischer, E. (2009): Herausforderung Welternährung. In Landwirtschaft 2010 – Herausforderungen, Strategien, Verantwortung, Band 103, DLG Verlag, Frankfurt a.M., pp.185-206.
• Qaim, M., E. Fischer, C. Saenger (2009): Herausforderungen für die globale Landwirtschaft vor dem Hintergrund der Welternährungskrise. In: KTBL. Landwirtschaft im Umbruch – Herausforderungen und Lösungen. KTBL-Schrift 474, KTBL, Darmstadt, pp. 30-51.

Working papers

Linking Smallholders to Markets: Determinants and Impacts of Farmer Collective Action in Kenya. Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth. Discussion Paper Nr. 48.

Conferences and Seminars
• Fischer, E., M. Qaim (2011). Linking Smallholders to Markets: Determinants and Impacts of Farmer Collective Action in Kenya. Contributed Paper at the CASE Conference 2011, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, 20-22 March, Oxford.
Fischer, E., M. Qaim (2010). Linking Smallholders to High-value Markets: Determinants and Impacts of Producer Group Participation in Rural Kenya. Contributed Paper at Tropentag 2010: World food system – A contribution from Europe, 14 – 16 September, Zurich.

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