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 2019

To be granted PhD

  • Anyango, J. J., Thesis topic: Termite abundance, dynamics and damage (Kenya), JKUAT, Kenya
  • Karanja, E., Thesis topic: Microbial diversity (Kenya), University of Embu, Kenya
  • Ledroit, C., Thesis topic: Biodiversity (India), Conventry University, France

To be granted M.Sc.

  • Ruchat, L., Thesis topic: N dynamics in wheat (India), University of Basel, Switzerland

To be granted B.Sc.

  • Brönimann, L., Thesis topic: Productivity and economic value of timber trees (Bolivia), HAFL Bern, Switzerland
  • Camiño, E., Thesis topic: Productivity of cultivars (Bolivia), Universidad Publica de El Alto, Bolivia
  • Flores, J., Thesis topic: Productivity of cultivars (Bolivia) University of San Andres, Bolivia
  • Loshe, E., Thesis topic: Productivity of cultivars (Bolivia), University of San Andres, Bolivia
  • Macroni, L., Thesis topic: Accompanying vegetation (Bolivia), University of San Andres, Bolivia

Completed studies

2018

  • Mwangi, E., M.Sc., Soil phoshorous fluxes (Kenya), JKUAT Nairobi, Kenya
  • Musyoka, M., PhD, Soil nitrogen dynamics (Kenya), University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • 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, Germany

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, Germany
  • 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.Sc., 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