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
International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)

2009 – 2019 BMZ /
DAAD 2009 – 2019

WeltGarten Witzenhausen

Since 2002 Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung

eed, BMZ engagement global
2011–2015 BMZ / giz-BEAF GrassNet spin-off


Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding

Announcement of MSc thesis research fieldwork funding on the topic of

“Inter-group learning for critical reflection on innovation processes with smallholder farmer groups in Tanzania”

in the frame of the project
Trans-SEC - Innovating Strategies to Safeguard Food Security using Technology and Knowledge Transfer: a people-centered approach

Project aims and approach:

Within Trans-SEC (http://www.trans-sec.org), DITSL specializes in transdisciplinary approaches for participatory action research within low external input farming systems in Tanzania. The emphasis here is on farmer group capacity development, enhancement of participatory innovation processes, and support for the sustainability and social inclusiveness of innovation processes through collaborative learning (ditsl.org > Research > Trans-SEC).

Supervision: To be jointly supervised by DITSL (apl. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann, Dr. Pamela Ngwenya).

Application by: 16.09.16

To start thesis preparation by: 17.10.16

Participation in Socio-ecology Module A08 recommended (26.09.16- 14.10.16)

Funded through the Research for the Global Food Supply (GlobE) initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Student facilitates video screening with CL group in Idifu, Dodoma (Source: Thapa 2015)

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Raus Rein – Texte und Comics zur Geschichte der ehemaligen Kolonialschule in Witzenhausen

Bericht HNA - Witzenhäuser Allgemeine (30.05.2016):

Im Avant-Verlag ist das Buch "Raus Rein – Texte und Comics zur Geschichte der ehemaligen Kolonialschule in Witzenhausen" erschienen.

Herausgeber*innen: Marion Hulverscheidt und Hendrik Dorgathen.
Avant-Verlag. Berlin. 178 Seiten.

"Das Buch entstand in Zusammenarbeit dreier Studiengänge der Universität Kassel. Studierende der Agrarwissenschaften, der Geschichte und der Kunst beschäftigten sich zwei Jahre lang mit der ehemaligen Deutschen Kolonialschule in Witzenhausen. Als einzige ihrer Art bildete die Kolonialschule junge Landwirte für eine Zukunft in den deutschen Kolonien aus. Die Geschichte der Schule wird in Texten und Comics beleuchtet."

» Klasse Illustration / Comic an der Kunsthochschule Kassel

» Avant-Verlag

» Bericht hessenschau.de (31.05.2016)

» Florian Biermeiers Blog (20.05.2016)

» Ausstellungshinweis zum 17. Internationalen Comic-Salon Erlangen, 26.–29. Mai 2016

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.