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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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

International Training Programme 2016
Quality management and marketing for organically produced agricultural commodities – February 9th to March 4th 2016
Training course – Certificate Education – 6 ECTS Credits
Excursion Biofach 2015: Tuesday 9.2.2016 and  Thursday 11.2.2016 – Friday 12.2.2016
Theory and Workshops: Monday, 22.2.2016 – 4.3.2016
Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding 2016

Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding on the topics of

  1. Multi-stakeholder processes to improve benefits in the small-scale dairy sector (Kenya) (» download announcement)
  2. Implementing participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) systems for self-monitoring with dairy farmers and milk transporter groups (Kenya) (» download announcement)
  3. Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration in the Pineapple Value Chain in Uganda (» 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)