Theses and internship reports

Capacity development

The project sites in Kenya, India and Bolivia are established as focal points for discussion on sustainable farming systems and are being actively used as research platforms for interdisciplinary work by different institutions. This is evidenced by over 40 students from different academic institutions, who conducted or currently conducting their respective research projects on SysCom sites. The progra has made significant contributions towards capacity building by training project staff, the students, farmers, extension workers and researchers.

On-going studies

Year Name Degree
(to be granted)
Thesis topic Country Institution Country of origin
2019 Anyango, J. J. PhD Termite abundance, dynamics and damage Kenya JKUAT Kenya
Karanja, E. PhD Microbial diversity Kenya University of Embu Kenya
Ledroit, C. PhD Biodiversity India Conventry University France
Ruchat, L. M.Sc. N dynamics in wheat India University of Basel Switzerland
Brönimann, L. B.Sc. Productivity and economic value of timber trees Bolivia HAFL Bern Switzerland
Camiño, E. B.Sc. Productivity of cultivars Bolivia Universidad Publica de El Alto Bolivia
Flores, J. B.Sc. Productivity of cultivars Bolivia University of San Andres Bolivia
Loshe, E. B.Sc. Productivity of cultivars Bolivia University of San Andres Bolivia
Macroni, L. B.Sc. Accompanying vegetation Bolivia University of San Andres Bolivia

Completed studies

Year Name Degree Thesis topic Country Institution Country of origin
2018 Mwangi, E. M.Sc. Soil phoshorous fluxes Kenya JKUAT Nairobi Kenya
Musyoka, M. PhD Soil nitrogen dynamics Kenya University of Hohenheim Kenya
Niether, W. PhD Water balance Bolivia University of Goettingen Germany
Schneidewind, U. PhD Carbon and nutrient cycling Bolivia University of Goettingen Germany
2017 Atandi, J. G. M.Sc. Soil-borne nematodes Kenya Kenyatta University Kenya
von Arb, C. M.Sc. Soil Quality Kenya ETH Zürich Switzerland
Mader, L. M.Sc. Cherrelle wilt and foliage density Boliva University of Hohenheim Germany
2016 Fernández Jauregui, L. Internship Absorbent roots in cocoa Bolivia Earth University Bolivia
Fuchs, M. Internship Fine root distribution of cocoa Bolivia University of Kassel Bolivia
2015 Herren, P. Internship Pollination-ratio of cacao flowers Bolivia ETH Zurich Switzerland
Bolt, M. B.Sc. Cocoa bug (Monalonion dissimulatum Dist) Bolivia HAFL Bern Switzerland
Kettela, V. Internship Pruning effect Bolivia SupAgro Montpellier France
Vaccaro, C. M.Sc. Cherelle wilt Bolivia University of Hohenheim Austria
Helfenstein, J. M.Sc. Soil and wheat zinc concentrations India ETH Zurich Switzerland
Mueller, I. M.Sc. Wheat production India ETH Zurich Switzerland
Schweizer, S. A. M.Sc. Soil physical properties India University of Hohenheim Germany
2014 Wurtz, M. M.Sc. Performance of cocoa varieties Bolivia ISTOM France
Zweifel, J. B.Sc. Options and tools for pest monitoring India ZHAW Switzerland
2013 Zahumensky, Y. M.Sc. Evaluation of Participatory Tools India Univerisity of Tuebingen Germany
Jacobi, J. PhD Social-ecological resilience of production systems Bolivia University of Bern Germany
Heuschkel, Z. M.Sc. Cacao farmers' disease knowledge Bolivia University of Bonn Germany
Schmalz, H. M.Sc. Soil quality indicatiors Kenya ETH Zurich Switzerland
Utz, C. B.Sc. Self-made pest control products for organic cotton India HAFL Bern Switzerland
Ferrari, L. B.Sc. Cocoa bug (Monalonion dissimulatum Dist) Bolivia HAFL Bern Switzerland
2012 Dietzel, N., Internship Local knowledge of pest management India ASA program Germany
Kahle, J. Internship Local knowledge of pest management India ASA program Germany
Flores, A. B.Sc. Microbial biomass and soil enzymatic activity Bolivia University of San Andres Bolivia
Gomez, S. B.Sc. Improved manure management options India HAFL Bern Switzerland
Jacobi, H. B.Cs. Above-ground biomass and carbon Bolivia Kassel University Germany
Nyffenegger, M. B.Sc. P availability from rock phosphate India HAFL Bern Switzerland
2011 Locher, M. B.Sc. Rock phosphate solubilization Kenya HAFL Bern Switzerland
Niether, W. M.Sc. Water use characteristics of cocoa Bolivia University of Goettingen Germany
Schneidewind, U. Diploma Soil nutrients in cacao Bolivia University of Goettingen Germany
Schöning, R. M.Sc. Carbon and nutrient stock in soil and substrate Bolivia University of Goettingen Germany
Schonter, C. Internship Gender aspects in cotton-based farming systems India Humbolt University Berlin Germany