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Michael Brüntrup

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Discipline of Expertise
Agricultural sciences
Social sciences
Thematic Areas
Disaster risk management
Economic development
Food security
Integrated natural resources management
Land degradation
Livelihood analysis
Monitoring and assessment
Rural development
Sustainable agriculture
Sustainable development
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Job function
Senior Resercher
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Work experience
I am working on agriculture, food security and rural development since about 30 years, mostly in and on SSA (in more than 15 countries over the years) but also other continents.
Experiences are a mixed of empirical local studies at farm household level, (sub)sectors such as bioenergy or cotton, national and regional/continental policy analysis such as CAADP or drought policies. As a member of D.I.E., we deliver continuous and special (through funded research projects) policy advise to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, the implementing agencies and the broader developing communities, including in partner countries. Since about 5 years, I have delved into drought policies, in cooperation with several academic and policy-oriented organizations and persons (UNCCD, GIZ/KfW,, Universities, etc.) mostly at the conceptual level, but with high attention to impacts at local level. In summary, I consider myself a generalist of rural development in SSA, which I see as an advantage for many aspects of UNCCD's on desertification, land degradation, and drought.

Geographic area(s) of field of experience (countries/regions): Sub-Saharan Africa
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
Dipl. Ing agr., agricultural sciences, Techn. Univ. Munich, 1989, Dr. Ing. agr., agricultural economics, Univ. of Stuttgart/Hohenheim, 1996
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Dipl. Ing agr., agricultural sciences, Techn. Univ. Munich, 1989, Dr. Ing. agr., agricultural economics, Univ. of Stuttgart/Hohenheim, 1996;
2. Mapedza, Everisto / Daniel Tsegai / Michael Brüntrup / Robert McLeman (eds.) Buchveröffentlichungen (2019) (Current Directions in Water Scarcity Research 2), Amsterdam: Elsevier Science ISBN: 978--012814-820-4;
3. Hoffmann, Harry K. / Klas Sander / Michael Brüntrup / Stefan Sieber (2017) Applying the water-energy-food nexus to the charcoal value chain published on Frontiers in Environmental Science 20 December 2017;
4. Lamers, John P. A. / Michael Brüntrup / Andreas Buerkert (2015) Financial performance of fertilization strategies for sustainable soil fertility management in Sudano–Sahelian West Africa 2: profitability of long-term capital invest;
5. Brüntrup, Michael (2020) Agricultural growth corridors in sub-Saharan Africa – new hope for agricultural transformation and rural development? The case of the Southern agricultural growth corridor of Tanzania in: Richard Sikor / Eugene R. Terry / Paul L.G. Vlek / Joyce Chitja (eds.), Transforming agriculture in Southern Africa, New York: Routledge, 258-270
Other activities
- German representative to the Science and Technology Committee of the UNCCD.
- Independent (not on a regional list) member of the Intergovernmental Working Group on drought of the UNCCD.
- Case study author and special reviewer to the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) Special Report on Droughts (GAR SR Drought) by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
Organisation name
German Development Institute
Organisation street address
Deutsches Institut fur EntwicklungspolitiK (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6
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