Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim

Background and Rationale

University of Hohenheim Food Security Center logoIn 2009, SEARCA has been tapped by the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany as one of its network partners in its Food Security Center (FSC) supported by the Government of Germany.

The FSC is one of the five excellence centers of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) program "EXCEED - Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation," with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. The mission of FSC is to provide effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice towards the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG's) of eradicating poverty and hunger in collaboration with partner Higher Education Institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as national and international development and research organizations. The FSC activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, food quality and safety, and food utilization.


The objectives of the Food Security Center are to:

  • Promote interdisciplinary teaching and training of PhDs and PostDocs through the Young Excellence School in Hohenheim and strengthening MSc and PhD programs at Partner Higher Education institutes in developing countries;
  • Facilitate demand-driven and impact-oriented research at postgraduate level through empirical research projects in developing countries and collaboration with CGIAR centers, development organizations, and local and national stakeholders;
  • Strengthen capacity building through North-South, South-North and South-South academic exchange by having visiting professorships and lectureships, as well as PhD scholarships and sandwich PhD/PostDoc scholarships;
  • Support capacity strengthening at universities in developing countries through regional networking, fostering institutional linkages at the global scale, and providing structural and personal support of selected postgraduate study programs; and
  • Provide knowledge transfer and brokerage by organizing international conferences annually and support external conferences and expert meetings, organizing lecture series for the wider public, establishing a web domain and online discussion paper series, supporting publications and publication platforms, and offering policy advice and expert contacts.


  1. Short- and long-term lectureships and research stays for German staff with any of the partner universities of SEARCA
  2. Short- and long-term lectureships and research stays at the Universität Hohenheim of Asian scientists, lecturers, and post-graduate students (master's and/or PhD students) from any of SEARCA's partner universities
  3. Organization of joint research activities, conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures, and symposia in Southeast Asia
  4. Exchange of scientific materials, publications, and other relevant information
  5. Other forms of academic exchange subject to mutual consent

Strategic and Associate Partners

For this DAAD program, FSC has five strategic partners and two associate partners.

Strategic PartnersAssociate Partners
  1. Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand
  2. SEARCA, Philippines
  3. Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), Costa Rica
  4. University of Abomey – Calavi, Benin
  5. University of Nairobi, Kenya
  1. American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  2. Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Project Duration

Initially, the project was expected to be completed in five years effective 2009, but was later extended for another five years.

Contact Information

University of Hohenheim
University of Hohenheim logo
Dr. Jenny Kopsch-Xhema
Food Security
University of Hohenheim
Wollgrasweg 43, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany
Tel: +49 711 459-24451
Dr. Nicole Schönleber
Food Security
University of Hohenheim
Wollgrasweg 43, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany
Tel: +49 711 459-24454
Strategic Partners
Kasetsart University logoDr. Wiboon Chongrattanameteekul
Associate Professor
Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture,
Kasetsart University
50 Ngam Wong Wan Rd., Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Tel: +66 2942 8858
Fax: +66 2942 8170
Email: ;
SEARCA logoDr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma
Program Head
Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD)
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
College, Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines
Tel: +63-49 536 9330 to 39 (ext. 2200)
Fax: (+63-49) 536 4153
Latin America
Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) logoProf. Dr. Victor M. Jiménez
Plant Physiology and Biotechnology
Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR)
2060 San Perdro, Costa Rica
Tel: +506 2511 3430
Fax: +506 2511 4346
University of Abomey-Calavi logoDr. Afio Zannou
Department of Economics,
Socio-Anthropolpgy and Communication
Faculty of Agronomic Science
University of Abomey-Calavi
01 BP 526 Cotonou, Bénin
University of Nairobi logoDr. John Mburu
Department of Agricultural Economics
College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
University of Nairobi
P.O. Box 30197, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (0)20 2091967
Fax: +254 721 730443
Associate Partners
American University of Beirut logoRachel A. Bahn
Program Coordinator
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
American University of Beirut
P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El Solh 1107 2020, Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: +961 1 350 000 (ext. 4422)
Hawassa University logoDr. Tesfaye Abebe
Director, Research and Development
Hawassa University
P.O. Box. 5, Hawassa Ethiopia
Tel: +251 46 220 4738
Fax: +251 46 220 6517