Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau Großbeeren/Erfurt e.V.
The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental, nutritional and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren close to Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.
The research group “Economic Development and Food Security” in the programme area “Plant Quality and Food Security” at IGZ analyses the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity and how food demand responds to rapidly changing institutions and environments. We do so by collecting and analysing micro-level survey data (for example as part of the Life with Corona consortium), implementing impact evaluations and conducting behavioural experiments. We also build capacity, for example in the international expert network Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR), and promote inter-disciplinary research on economic development and food security, for example by co-hosting the annual Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) and the annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference (LiK). Our work hence uncovers how best to achieve food security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.
The research group “Economic Development and Food Security” leads the social science work programme of the project Food4Future (F4F), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) under its call “Agricultural Systems of the Future”. The F4F project is based on a novel and radical approach: We postulate that two mega trends, namely “Designed Food” and “Natural Food”, may act as “creative disrupters” which will not only dominate future diets but also replace traditional agricultural production. This will be done against the background of two profound scenarios, namely “No Land” and “No Trade”. Challenged by these extreme settings, the overall objective of the F4F project is to develop innovative solutions in the food and agro-sector for the sustainable securing of adequate and healthy nutrition. As part of a larger social science work stream, the research group will contribute a series of behavioural experiments to the F4F project testing how consumers react to extreme and rapidly changing institutions and environments.
To undertake the micro-economic research in this project, we are looking for a