Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Ökonomik der Gärtnerischen Produktion


Sociedad rural Economía y Recursos naturales Integrando competencias en el DesArrollo Rural




Rural Society, Economy and Natural Resources – Integrating Competence in Rural Development             


Project overview

Rural sectors in the Andean Region and Mesoamerica face large challenges to economic and social cohesion as well as in protecting the natural environment: insecurity of smallholders' incomes; rural poverty; weak institution-building; overuse of natural resources; low ability of rural households to react to effects of climate change – to name a few of them. These challenges call for high-quality transdisciplinary research, functioning knowledge exchange between academics and practitioners and problem-based trainings for facilitators of change. We aim to contribute to these goals by institutionalising a high-quality research, education and training network for sustainable rural development, natural resources and agricultural value chains which is integrated internationally, regionally and locally. Thereby we support stakeholders´ efforts to direct changes towards a balanced and equitable socio-economic development and environmental protection.


Team Seridar


Implementation period and budget

23 December 2010 – 22 December 2013, 1.61 Mio EUR


Project leaders

Prof. Dr Wolfgang Bokelmann, Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Uwe-Jens Nagel

Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Dr.Susanne Hofmann-Souki

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Department of Agricultural Economics, Division of Horticultural Economics

Philippstr. 13, D-10099 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49-30-2093-6096, Fax: +49-30-2093-6236,






-a Project within the ALFA III programme of the European Union-