Our Research Topics

On the following pages, we present our current and past research projects. 


BESTMAP aims to develop a new flexible, interoperable and customizable framework that will take account of farmers' needs and effectively monitor policy impacts on natural, social and cultural assets in rural areas.



The NamTip project strives for a better understanding of desertification tipping points and their ecological and social drivers with a focus on the Greater Waterberg Landscape in Namibia.



Climate change and the associated extreme weather events - mainly droughts - are causing damage to grasslands. Economic losses for farmers and a loss of ecosystem services are the result. InsuranceGrass aims to investigate how these risks can be covered through the use of financial, natural and social insurance mechanisms.


SEEMI (finished)

Insurance products specially designed for the needs of low-income people in developing countries, so-called microinsurance products, are seen as a promising tool for economic development.
Within the SEEMI research project, we contributed to a much-needed enhanced understanding of the effects of microinsurance on social-ecological systems. We focused in particular on the impact on informal safety nets.


POLISES JRG (finished)

We explored the impacts of selected global food security policies on the resilience of smallholding farmers in Africa; we aimed to identify crucial aspects for an appropriate design of these policy instruments; and we wanted to promote knowledge transfer and social learning.