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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives

Margitta Minah



Margitta Minah

Humboldt University Berlin
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
Division of Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives
Luisenstrasse 53
D-10099 Berlin

Tel: +49-30-2093-6500
Fax: +49-30-2093-6501
Email: margitta.minah@agrar.hu-berlin.de


Position within the Division

Doctoral candidate

Research Interest

  • Rural cooperatives, farmer organizations
  • Poverty reduction, inclusion, elite capture, welfare effects
  • New institutional economics, political economy, rural transformation


Academic Background

01/2013 – 12/2013

Postgraduate Studies
Center for Rural Development (SLE), Berlin/Germany
09/2010 – 09/2012

Rural Development (M.Sc.), Erasmus Mundus International
Ghent University/Belgium, Humboldt University Berlin/Germany,  University of Pretoria/South Africa

07/2011 – 08/2011 Pisa University: Tuscany, Italy
Participant, Case Study on rural transformation processes
09/2006 – 09/2009 Non-profit, Social and Health Care Management (B.A.)
Management Center Innsbruck/Austria,
Universidad Blas Pascal Córdoba/Argentina (semester abroad)

Academic Career

Since 09/2016

Doctoral candidate at the Division of Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives, Humboldt-University

Since 03/2015

Center for Rural Development (SLE)

Research Associate, Research on rural transformation in Africa
11/2014 – 03/2015

Center for Rural Development (SLE)/ KfW Development Bank: Berlin, Frankfurt, Bonn

Advisor, analysis of the BMZ special initiative ‘One World, No Hunger’

01/2014 – 06/2014

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (NGO): Kenema, Sierra Leone

Technical Advisor in Cocoa Project, Capacity Development

06/2013 – 12/2013

Center for Rural Development (SLE)/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): Laos, Vietnam, Germany

Consultant for Ex-post evaluation of Watershed Management Projects


Center for Rural Development (SLE)/ Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Political foundation): Berlin, Germany

Co-Moderator, panel discussion on extractive resources in Africa
04/2012 – 07/2012

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (NGO): Kenema, Sierra Leone

Technical Advisor in Cocoa Project, Research


University of Pretoria/ Ghent University: Pretoria, South Africa

Research assistant, Research study on Food Security in Limpopo District

10/2009 – 01/2010

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Nairobi, Kenya

Intern in the Office of the Executive Director, Human Development

04/2009 - 08/2009

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO): Addis Abeba/Mekelle, Ethiopia

Intern in cactus pear promotion project, Market analysis

 Scholarships and Awards


Price winner of agriwaterpedia.info article competition

2013 Suggested for the Humboldt Prize by Prof Konrad Hagedorn
2010 – 2012

European Commission scholarship holder

2009 Price for academic achievements by Innsbruck universities


Engel, E., Rettberg, S., Rauch, T., Neubert, S., Richter, D., Minah, M., Berg, C. (2017): Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation in Sub-Sahara Africa – Final Report (SLE Discussion Paper 07/2017). Berlin: SLE.

Üllenberg, A., Minah. M, Rauch, T., Richter, D. (2017): Zambia: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation – Country Study (SLE Discussion Paper 04/2017). Berlin: SLE.

Rettberg, S., Beckmann, G., Minah, M., & Schelchen, A. (2017): Ethiopia‘s Arid and Semi-Arid Lowlands: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation – Country Study (SLE Discussion Paper 03/2017). Berlin: SLE.

Ferguson, J., Minah, M., Richter, D. (2015): Die BMZ Sonderinitiative Eine Welt ohne Hunger (SEWOH) – Überblick über TZ-Aktivitäten und Ansatzpunkte für die FZ. Berlin: SLE.

Ferguson, J., Kürschner, E., Minah, M. et al. (2014): What has remained? An ex post Evaluation of Watershed Management in the Mekong Region. Berlin SLE.

Kayumov, A., Minah, M., and Richter, D. (2014): A Multilevel approach to Watershed Management. GIZ Agriwaterpedia.

Ferguson, J., Kuerschner, E., Minah,M. et al. (2014): Integrated Watershed Management-an approach with a number of stumbling-blocks. Rural 21-The International Journal for Rural Development, Vol. 48, No 2.

Minah, Margitta (2012)Effects of Power Resources on Producer Marketing Behaviour – An Institutional Perspective on the Cocoa Market in Sierra Leone. Grin Verlag.