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Events organised by ZALF or in which we are deeply involved. Please visit also our German website.

For more information about the contact persons named, please refer to About Us > Employees. ​

You will find further events on our German website.

Scientific Events

  • How to learn from the most successful: Prioritizing rural development interventions by “Positive Deviance” analysis

    11.10.2017, 13:00 Uhr - 11.10.2017, 15:00 Uhr

    ​Rural households in developing countries pursue multiple livelihood goals simultaneously, such as food security, income, and a healthy nutrition. Due to frequent trade-offs, development interventions targeting improvements in on livelihood domain may cause losses in another. Hence, which practices lead to “trade-off-smart”, holistic development in specific context needs to be determined to guide successful development interventions.

    To support the prioritization of intervention options, we are developing a new research method that emphasizes local success cases as starting points of innovation processes. The “Positive Deviance” concept rests on the observation that, in many rural communities, some households achieve higher livelihood success than others, although facing similar resources, challenges, and trade-offs. These “positive deviant” households (PDs) likely do things differently. At Bioversity International, together with ZALF e.V., HU Berlin, and ILRI, we are proposing a research method that identifies PDs from quantitative household data, and focuses qualitative research on them for the discovery of successful and potentially innovative behavior embedded in local context.

    In a pilot study in Tanzania, we collected lean data from 521 households, and identified 54 PDs with Pareto-optimal, resource-corrected performance in five key dimensions of livelihood success: food security, diet diversity, GHG mitigation, gender equity, and cash income. In 15 interviews with PD household heads, we revealed 14 on- and off-farm success strategies.

    This first pilot demonstrates the potential of Positive Deviance analysis for the discovery of innovation and the prioritization of rural intervention options, grounded in the real-life experiences of the target population. In ongoing research, we are exploring ways to use the lean data and the experiences of PDs to target intervention options to different types of households.


    Location:
    ZALF, Presentation Hall 1, Building 4
    Organiser:
    SOZ / HU Berlin
    Contact person:
    Dr. S. Sieber / J. Steinke

  • Landscape 2018: Frontiers of agricultural landscape research

    12.03.2018, 09:00 Uhr - 16.03.2018, 16:00 Uhr

    ​Agricultural landscapes are shaped by human activities and are subject to permanent change through the interplay of natural processes, land use and societal developments. Knowledge about the underlying processes of landscape dynamics at all relevant spatial and temporal scales is the prerequisite for sustainable landscape management.

    The aim of the conference is to present recent advances in landscape research to enhance the development of sustainable agricultural land use and landscape strategies. The particular objective is to bring together key findings from relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches as well as from basic and application-oriented research.

    The conference focuses on recent scientific work related to:

    • The functioning of landscapes, with a focus on element cycles and microbiomes including approaches to scale up from individual processes to the landscape scale;
    • Sustainable land use practices and appropriate governance systems, which secure the provision of food and fibre as well as other ecosystem services and biodiversity;
    • Advances in science toward the development of an integrated landscape theory.


    Location:
    Berlin, Germany, Adlershof con.vent
    Organiser:
    ZALF
    Contact person:
    Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller
    URL: www.land2018.eu

 

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