Dr. Michael Brüntrup

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Dr. Michael Brüntrup


Michael Brüntrup studied agricultural science at the Technical University of Munich/Weihenstephan and received his doctorate in 1996 from the University of Stuttgart/Hohenheim.

The doctoral thesis dealt with socio-economic effects of the cotton production in the savannah region of northern Benin within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) “Site-specific agriculture in West Africa”.

After years as a development policy expert for governmental and nongovernmental non-governmental organizations, he has been working at the German Development Institute (DIE, now IDOS) since 2003. His geographical focus is sub-Saharan Africa.

Over the years, he has covered a wide range of topics related to agriculture, agricultural policy, rural development and food security, e.g. on African agricultural trade policies, bioenergy, large-scale agricultural investments (“land grabbing”), the African Agricultural Initiative CAADP, agricultural finance, and research and development for smallholder farmers.

For several years now, he has also had a focus on drought resilience, he is, among other things, the German representative on the Science and Technology Committee of the Desertification Convention (UNCCD) and a member of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought of the UNCCD. For more details, see https://www.die-gdi.de/michael-bruentrup/.