Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrifood Chain Management

Dr. Caroline Hambloch


Foto:Norbert Hambloch

Scientific Staff

Room 1136






Short Bio

  • Since 09/2021 Scientific Staff at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2019-2021 Value chain researcher, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Aris Tropics (ICRISAT), Lilongwe, Malawi
  • 2015-2019 PhD in Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom. PhD Thesis Title: Palming the Grains: A Critical Investigation into the Political Economy of the Palm Oil Industries in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines
  • 2013-2015 MCs in Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. MCs Thesis Title: Smallholders' Integration into the Value Chains - Exclusion of Inclusion? A Case Study of Mango Smallholders in the Philippines


Research Interests

  • Global value chains / global production networks, focus on agri-food sector
  • Governance and political economy; contract farming
  • Rural development, resilience, social justice
  • Food systems and nutrition
  • Sustainability standards and certification


Country Expertise

  • Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda


Selected Publications

  • Hambloch, Caroline, Kai Mausch, Costanza Conti, and Andy Hall. (2022). “Simple Solutions for Complex Problems? What Is Missing in Agriculture for Nutrition Interventions.” Food Security, 17.
  • Hambloch C. (2022). Land formalization turned land rush: The case of oil palm in Papua New Guinea. Land Use Policy, 112, 105815.
  • Hambloch, C. (2022a). Contract farming and everyday acts of resistance: Oil palm contract farmers in the Philippines. Journal of Agrarian Change, 22(1), 58–76.
  • Vicol, M., Fold, N., Hambloch, C., Narayanan, S., & Pérez Niño, H. (2022). Twenty-five years of Living Under Contract: Contract farming and agrarian change in the developing world. Journal of Agrarian Change, 22(1), 3–18.
  • Mausch, K., Almekinders, C.J.M., Hambloch, C. & McEwan, M. A. (2021). Putting diverse farming households' preferences and needs at the centre of seed system development. Outlook on Agriculture, 50(4), 356–365.