Rural Transformations

Many rural areas in the Global South are facing tremendous challenges including persistent poverty, demographic pressure, climatic change and an eroding resource base. Competition for land and resources affects the lives of rural populations in multiple ways.

Rural Transformations

  • Contribution | 11/2022

    Russland in Afrika: Motive, Strategien und Effekte

    Diese vorwiegend qualitative Arbeit dient dazu, Russlands Rolle als externer Akteur in Subsahara-Afrika zu analysieren.

    Stephan Ahlf

    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

    Land-Based Investments in Global Supply Chains and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups

    The second phase of the research project “Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Rural Change, and Social Conflict” focuses on the socio-economic impact of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) on local populations, particularly in terms of communal land rights and indigenous groups. Furthermore, it investigates the relationship between LSLA and global (agricultural) supply chains. The project aims to synthesise existing research and generate new evidence at the intersection of rural development and sustainable production and consumption.
    BMZ, 2022

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2026

    Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

    MIASA, based at the University of Legon, Ghana, is one of five Maria Sibylla Merian Centres for Advanced Studies, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. Its overall aim is to work towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA's thematical focus is on sustainable governance. The GIGA contributes to the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on ‘Sustainable Rural Transformation’ and its outreach activities.
    BMBF, 2020-2026

    Review of Development Economics | 06/2023

    Material and Nonmaterial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from a Low-Income Country

    How have COVID-19-related restrictions affected consumption levels and life satisfaction in low-income countries? The authors of this article conducted phone surveys with 577 households in Liberia to compare consumption patterns across three points in time.

    Global Environmental Change | 2023

    The Carbon Cost of Agricultural Production in the Global Land Rush

    This study makes use of a global dataset on LSLTs for agricultural production to estimate potential carbon emissions based on different scenarios of land cover change and fertilizer use, as well as potential value of agricultural production on transacted land.

    Chuan Liao

    Prof. Dr. Daniel G. Brown

    Prof. Dr. Arun Agrawal

    Land Use Policy | 08/2022

    Smallholders in Agro-Industrial Production: Lessons for Rural Development from a Comparative Analysis of Ghana’s and Indonesia’s Oil Palm Sectors

    Dr. Daniel Chrisendo

    Dr. Abdul Malik Iddrisu

    Dr. Alhassan Abdul-Wakeel Karakara

    Dr. Nunung Nuryartono

    Prof. Dr. Evans Osabuohien

    American Journal of Agricultural Economics | 08/2022

    Technical Efficiency and Farmland Expansion: Evidence from Oil Palm Smallholders in Indonesia

    This study asks whether innovation in smallholder production reduces or accelerates land expansion. Even though innovation in agriculture has reduced land expansion globally, rebound effects can occur locally and often at the expense of vital ecosystem functions...

    Dr. Bernhard Dalheimer

    Bernhard Brümmer

    Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy | 06/2022

    Effects of Contract Farming on Diets and Nutrition in Ghana

    Contract farming gained importance in many developing countries. Effects of contracting on smallholder farmers' incomes were analyzed in previous studies. In this article, the authors examine the effects of contract farming on dietary diversity and child anthropometrics, using survey data from the palm oil sector in Ghana.

    Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela

    Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

    Cooperation Event | 02/11/2022 - 03/11/2022

    Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium 2022

    Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium 2022, Hotel Baseler Hof, Esplanade 11, 20354 Hamburg, Hamburg Organisers: Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research Prof. Dr. Jann Lay (Organiser), Dr. Anette Ruml (Organiser)

    Several German research institutes ATB, GIGA, IGZ, PIK, ZALF and ZMT – all members of the Leibniz association – have initiated the Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS). The aim of LEADS is to foster interdisciplinary exchange and stimulate collaboration on global societal challenges.


    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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