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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.

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DITSL to host Collaborative Learning Workshop at 2014 IFSA Symposium

Meet and exchange with the DITSL team at this year’s IFSA Symposium in Berlin, 1–4 April 2014

Brigitte Kaufmann, Anja Christinck, Margareta Lelea and Christian Hülsebusch will participate in the 11th European Symposium of the International Farming Systems Association (IFSA). As a team, they will convene a workshop on Methodologies for Collaborative Learning.
The workshop contributions will cover the following themes:

  • Overview of methodologies for self-driven change in complex problem situations.
  • Methodologies for integrating diverse stakeholders’ knowledge.
  • Scenario analysis as a collaborative learning tool.
  • Methods for farmer learning.
  • Methodologies focusing on institutional innovations.

Find more Information on the 11th European IFSA Symposium >>here.

Announcement: Tropentag 2014, September 17 – 19, 2014

Tropentag 2014 – International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

Conference theme: “Bridging the gap between increasing knowledge and decreasing resources”

Conference organisation: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, and ATSAF e.V.

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Conference: September 17 - 19, 2014
Deadline for online submission of abstracts: May 1, 2014

Website: www.tropentag.de

Call for papers is available


The “Tropentag” is the annual International Conference on Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development.

The Tropentag is jointly organised by the universities of Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel (Witzenhausen), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), CULS Prague and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V.) - in cooperation with the GIZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF).

The Tropentag brings together scientists, students, graduates, development experts and funding organisations from several countries in central Europe and their various international partner institutions.

The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource-, environmental-, agricultural-, forestry-, fisheries-, food-, nutrition and related sciences in the context of international rural development, sustainable resource use and hunger and poverty alleviation worldwide.