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 2020

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
  • Schneidewind, U., Thesis topic: Soil carbon stocks in tropical agroforstry systems (Bolivia). University of Goettingen, Germany

To be granted M.Sc.

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

To be granted B.Sc.

  • 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

Completed studies


  • Mwangi, E., MSc, Soil phoshorous fluxes (Kenya), JKUAT, Kenya
  • Musyoka, M., PhD, Soil nitrogen dynamics (Kenya), University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Schmutz, D., BSc, Cadmium uptake (Bolivia), ZHAW, Switzerland
  • Reding, B., BSc, Cacoa prunning (Bolivia), HAFL, Switzerland
  • Stoffel, S., MSc, Impact of training (Kenya), University of Giessen, Germany


  • Levy, C., MSc, Cocoa bean fermentation (Bolivia), ZHAW, Switzerland
  • Loshe, E., BSc, Productivity of cocoa cultivars (Bolivia), University of San Andres, Bolivia
  • Niether, W., PhD, Water balance(Bolivia), University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Schneidewind, U., PhD, Carbon and nutrient cycling (Bolivia), University of Goettingen, Germany


  • Atandi, J. G., MSc, Soil-borne nematodes (Kenya), Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Brönimann, L., BSc, Economic value of timber trees in agroforestry systems (Bolivia), HAFL Bern, Switzerland
  • Mader, L., MSc, Cherrelle wilt and foliage density (Boliva), University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • von Arb, C., MSc, Soil Quality (Kenya), ETH Zürich, Switzerland


  • 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


  • Herren, P., Internship, Pollination-ratio of cacao flowers (Bolivia), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Bolt, M., BSc, Cocoa bug (Monalonion dissimulatum Dist) (Bolivia), HAFL Bern, Switzerland
  • Kettela, V., Internship, Pruning effect (Bolivia), SupAgro Montpellier, France
  • Vaccaro, C., MSc, Cherelle wilt (Bolivia), University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Helfenstein, J., MSc, Soil and wheat zinc concentrations (India), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Macroni, L., BSc, Accompanying herbaceous vegetation (Bolivia), University of San Andres, Bolivia
  • Mueller, I., MSc, Wheat production (India), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Schweizer, S. A., MSc, Soil physical properties (India), University of Hohenheim, Germany


  • Wurtz, M., MSc, Performance of cocoa varieties (Bolivia), ISTOM, France
  • Zweifel, J., BSc, Options and tools for pest monitoring (India), ZHAW, Switzerland


  • Zahumensky, Y., MSc, 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., MSc, Cacao farmers' disease knowledge (Bolivia), University of Bonn, Germany
  • Schmalz, H., MSc, Soil quality indicatiors (Kenya), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Utz, C., BSc, Self-made pest control products for organic cotton (India), HAFL Bern, Switzerland
  • Ferrari, L., BSc, Cocoa bug (Monalonion dissimulatum Dist) (Bolivia), HAFL Bern, Switzerland


  • 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., BSc, Microbial biomass and soil enzymatic activity (Bolivia), University of San Andres, Bolivia
  • Gomez, S., BSc, Improved manure management options (India), HAFL Bern, Switzerland
  • Jacobi, H., BSc, Above-ground biomass and carbon (Bolivia), Kassel University, Germany
  • Nyffenegger, M., BSc, P availability from rock phosphate (India), HAFL Bern, Switzerland


  • Locher, M., BSc, Rock phosphate solubilization (Kenya), HAFL Bern, Switzerland
  • Niether, W., MSc, Water use characteristics of cocoa (Bolivia), University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Schneidewind, U., Diploma, Soil nutrients in cacao (Bolivia), University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Schöning, R., MSc, 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