German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL)

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Geographic scope: Global or non-European
Country: Germany
Type of Institution: Research Institute
Name in original language: Deutsches Institut für Tropische und Subtropische Landwirtschaft (DITSL
Legal status: Private
Name of the Department: Transdisciplinary and Social-ecological Landuse Research
Climate-relevant agricultural research
Climate change research in my institution / department is linked to agricultural research areas: Yes
Description of climate-relevant ag research: DITSL conducts transdisciplinary research to foster transformation in social ecological systems worldwide with focus on climate change adaptation, food security and value chain development. DISTL does conceptual, methodological and applied research on knowledge management, learning, and collective...
Main / core research areas: Adaptation to climate changeVery important research areas: Impacts of climate change, CC in agricultural systems - arable land, cropping systems, CC in agricultural systems - forests, CC in agricultural systems - mixed, CC in agricultural systems - land, soils and territoryRelatively important areas: CC in agricultural systems - agriculture greenhouse gas emissionsResearch level in your institution / department in the climate-related areas: Master or equivalent / ISCED 7, Doctoral or equivalent / ISCED 8, Post-doc
Number of researchers in climate-related areas: Below 10
Average yearly expenditure in your institution / department on climate change research in recent years (EUR): 100,000 - 500,000
Type of funding sources for your climate-related research: GovernmentResearch focus: Development focused, linkages with the SouthCollaborations with other organizations: Civil society, Farmers, cooperatives and agricultural workers, Government, International Organizations, Regional Fora / regional bodies, Rural advisory services, SMEs, University / higher educationCollaborations with other countries: Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia
Successful projects: “Agropastoralists’ strategies towards climate variability - a transdisciplinary research approach“ in the frame of the ILRI-BMZ project “Supporting the vulnerable: Increasing the adaptive capacity of agro-pastoralists to climatic change in West and Southern Africa using a transdisciplinary research...
Major needs of your institution / department to increase the impact of climate research: Increased networking with a broad range of stakeholders (e.g. farmer organisations, regional bodies, development institutions, local and regional governance) to be able to co-design (authentic) demand driven R4D projects. Participation in knowledge sharing platforms across institutional as well...
What is the current trend of interest in climate-related research in your institution?: Increasing: especially researchers are increasingly interested
What are your institution's plans regarding climate-related research?: Increasing it
Comments: As most climate change related problems are inextricably connected to social systems, in our research approach, we stress the importance of the human actors and their agency for change, adaptation and transformation to take place in the real world. In our past research on agriculture and food...