the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, and Transdisciplinary and Social-ecological Landuse Research

DITSL is a centre of expertise for transdisciplinary research for development and transformation in social ecological land-use systems worldwide. It specialises in innovation in agriculture and livestock-based food and farming systems in highly heterogeneous and variable environments.

DITSL contributes to promoting food and income security, and sustainable value chain development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It employs an actor-oriented approach to integrate the perspectives, interests and capacities of different societal actors and to co-create contextual knowledge and options for actions to mitigate or solve complex problems.

DITSL does methodological, conceptual and applied research to foster innovation processes. This includes system analysis, knowledge management, knowledge integration and co-creation, gender analysis, multi-stakeholder processes, collaborative learning and action research.

DITSL generates decision support for society and policy and supports capacity building through academic, professional and extracurricular education and training programmes.


Training course: Participatory Video Facilitation for AR4D (22–26 Sep 2019)

Development practitioners, scientists, extension officers and students involved in agricultural research for development (AR4D) are invited to participate in an intensive 5-day training course: Participatory Video Facilitation for AR4D » Download Course Flyer

Registration deadline: 16 August 2019
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Film Festival - Films can be submitted until end of June

As part of the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP), DITSL is helping to organize the "Perspectives on Pastoralism" Film Festival together with Dr. Ann Waters-Bayer from the Association for AgriCulture and Ecology (AGRECOL eV). Films can be submitted until June 30th, 2019. They will be shown at two venues - as a Tropentag Pre-Conference Event on September 17th in Kassel, Germany and concurrent to the CELEP annual general meeting on October 18th at a cinema in Brussels, Belgium.

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Announcement of 3 Master’s Thesis Topics

DITSL and the University of Kassel annonce MSc fieldwork funding on the 2 topics:

  1. » “Building capacity of women’s groups to process underutilized species in West Africa”
  2. » “Collaborative learning in the maize value chain in Kenya to reduce aflatoxin risk
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