DITSL – German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture –
DITSL supports capacity building and human capacity development, technology development, collaborative learning and rural innovation worldwide.
DITSL initiates, conducts and fosters research, and raises public awareness on sustainable regional management and resource and land use with a focus on agro-ecosystems, knowledge systems, food safety and security, food- and product-chain development and related issues.
DITSL follows an inter- and transdisciplinary social-ecological research approach and puts an emphasis on sub/tropical low external input systems and organic agriculture in the tropics as two major fields of activities and expertise.
DITSL is a non-profit limited liability company (GmbH) at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences of the University of Kassel at its campus Witzenhausen.


2013-2016 BMBF GlobE


2013–2016 BMBF GlobE


2011–2015 BMZ / giz-BEAF GrassNet spin-off
International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)

2009 – 2019 BMZ /
DAAD 2009 – 2019

WeltGarten Witzenhausen

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Module announcement: A08 Social ecology in livestock production systems

A08 Social ecology in livestock production systems

Block module (6 ECTS credits), Sustainable International Agriculture (SIA)
Summer semester 2016: 26.09.2016 – 14.10.2016 (Mo – Fr 13:30 pm – 17:00 pm)

Prof. Dr. B. Kaufmann
German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL)

Please register latest until 31.08.2016. Module venue will be seminar room S1, Steinstr. 19, Witzenhausen.

Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding 2016

Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding on the topics of

Multi-stakeholder processes along pastoral meat chains in Northern Kenya to reduce losses and improve livelihood benefits (» download announcement)
to contribute towards
Social Sciences: Knowledge, Collaborative Learning and Action (Sub-Project 7)
in the frame of the project
Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains (RELOAD)
funded through the
Research for the Global Food Supply (GlobE) initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

International DAAD-Alumni-Seminar February 2016
Call for application:
followed by a visit to the world's leading trade fair for organic products “BIOFACH 2016
February 10th - 12th 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany (departure date from Germany is February 13th)

Deadline for application: 29th November 2015

» further information and application form