Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985 – 1987
    Studied agricultural science at the University of Bonn, Germany

  • 1988 – 1992
    Studied agricultural science at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1993 – 1994
    Research assistant at Egerton University (Kenya)

  • 1998 – 1999
    Research associate at the Institute of Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics (480), University of Hohenheim

  • 2004 – 2005
    German Research Foundation (DFG) research grant

  • 2003 – 2005
    Visiting researcher at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi (during leave of absence)

  • 1999 – 2008
    Assistant professor (C1) at the Institute of Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics (480), University of Hohenheim

  • Since 2007
    Privatdozentin (private lecturer) at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Hohenheim

  • Since 2008
    Scientific director at the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL)

  • Since 2015
    Adjunct Professor for Social Ecology of Tropical and Subtropical Land-use Systems at the University of Hohenheim

Selected publications

  • Restrepo, M.J., Lelea, M.A., Kaufmann, B.A., 2018. Evaluating knowledge integration and co-production in a 2-year collaborative learning process with smallholder dairy farmer groups. Sustain Sci 1–22. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-018-0553-6

  • Richardson-Ngwenya, P., Höhne, M., Kaufmann, B., 2018. Participatory problem analysis of crop activities in rural Tanzania with attention to gender and wealth: ‘setting the scene’ to enhance relevance and avoid exclusion in pro-poor innovation projects. Food Sec. 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-018-0791-6

  • Roba, G.M., Lelea, M.A., Hensel, O., Kaufmann, B., 2018. Making decisions without reliable information: The struggle of local traders in the pastoral meat supply chain. Food Policy 76, 33–43. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2018.01.013

  • Tröger, K., Lelea, M.A., Hensel, O., Kaufmann, B., 2018a. Embracing the Complexity: Surfacing Problem Situations with Multiple Actors of the Pineapple Value Chain in Uganda. Syst Pract Action Res 1–24. DOI: 10.1007/s11213-018-9443-1

  • Tröger, K., Lelea, M.A., Kaufmann, B., 2018b. The Fine Line between Trusting and Cheating: Exploring Relationships between Actors in Ugandan Pineapple Value Chains. Eur J Dev Res 1–19. DOI: 10.1057/s41287-018-0134-7

  • Frank, M., Easdale, M.H., Kaufmann, B., 2017. Assessing a demonstration farm approach for technological innovations in pastoral livestock production systems of northern Patagonia: participants’ perceptions of stakeholder roles and innovations. Experimental Agriculture 1–20. DOI: 10.1017/S0014479717000448

  • Roba, G.M., Lelea, M.A., Kaufmann, B., 2017. Manoeuvring through difficult terrain: How local traders link pastoralists to markets. Journal of Rural Studies 54, 85–97. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.05.016

  • Wario, H., Roba, H.G., Aufderheide, M. and B. Kaufmann 2017 Relating reproductive performances and herd growth potentials of cattle to mobility constraints in the Borana pastoral system, southern Ethiopia. Animal production science 57 (1) 161-169

  • Kaufmann B.A., Lelea M.A. and Hülsebusch C.G. 2016. Diversity in livestock resources in pastoral systems in Africa. In The future of pastoralism (J. Zinsstag, E. Schelling & B. Bonfoh, eds). Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz., 35 (2), 445–459. doi: 10.20506/rst.35.2.2535

  • Restrepo, M.J., M.A. Lelea, and B.A. Kaufmann. 2016. Second-order cybernetic analysis to re-construct farmers' rationale when regulating milk production. Systemic Practice and Action Research 29 (5) 449–468, DOI 10.1007/s11213-016-9371-x

  • Wario, H., Roba, H.G., and B. Kaufmann 2016. Responding to mobility constraints: Recent shifts in resource use practices and herding strategies in Borana pastoral system, Southern Ethiopia. Journal of Arid Environments 127: 222–234

  • Kaufmann, B. and C. Hülsebusch 2015. Employing Cybernetics in Social Ecological Systems Research. Transforming Experience of Land Users into Information for Scientists. In: Jeschke, S., Schmitt, R., Dröge, A. (eds.): Exploring Cybernetics – Kybernetik im interdisziplinären Diskurs. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden

  • Wario, H., Roba, H.G., and B. Kaufmann 2015. Shaping the herders’ ‘mental maps’: Participatory mapping with pastoralists to understand their grazing area differentiation and characterization. Environ Manage. 56(3):721-37

  • Hertkorn, M.L. Roba, H., B. Kaufmann 2015. Caring for livestock – Borana women's perceptions on their changing role in livestock management in southern Ethiopia. Source: Nomadic Peoples, 19 (1), pp. 30-52

  • Restrepo, M.J., M.A. Lelea, A. Christinck,C. Hülsebusch, B.A. Kaufmann. 2014. Collaborative learning for fostering change in complex social-ecological systems: a transdisciplinary perspective on food and farming systems. Knowledge Management for Development Journal 10(3): 38-59


Selected projects

  • Subproject: Development of innovative capacity building strategies to support women’s groups’ processing businesses as part of the project UPGRADE Plus: Decentralised postharvest processing of underutilised species into innovative value added products for improved food and nutrition security in West Africa, funded by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) (2018 – 2020)

  • Sub-project: Social Sciences: Knowledge, collaborative learning and action, as part of the GlobE project ReLOAD: Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), (2013-2018)

  • Sub-project: Gender and socio-cultural differences in participative stakeholder systems and knowledge transfer, as part of the GlobE project Trans-SEC: Innovating Strategies to safeguard Food Security using Technology and Knowledge Transfer: A people-centred Approach, funded by the BMBF, (2013-2018)

  • Sub-project: Participatory analysis of pastoralists' rangeland use, as part of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) project Livelihood diversifying potential of livestock based carbon sequestration options in pastoral and agro-pastoral systems in Africa, funded by the BMZ, (2011-2014)

  • Founding member of the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) Center of Excellence for Exchange and Development, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), (2009-2013)

  • GrassNet: Cross-continental network for sustainable adaptation of grassland systems vulnerable to climate change, funded by the DAAD, (2009-2013)

  • Sub-project: Agropastoralists' strategies towards climate variability: a transdisciplinary research approach, as part of the ILRI-BMZ project Supporting the vulnerable: Increasing the adaptive capacity of agropastoralists to climatic change in West and Southern Africa using a transdisciplinary research approach, funded by the BMZ, (2008-2011)

  • Sub-project: Characterisation of livestock resources in the production system context, within the framework of the ILRI-BMZ project Improving the Livelihoods of Poor Livestock-keepers in Africa through Community-Based Management of Indigenous Farm Animal Genetic Resources, funded by the BMZ, (2004-2007)

  • Sub-project: Efficiency of smallholder animal husbandry depending on intensity of management and genetic potential of livestock in mountainous regions of northern Vietnam, as part of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 564 The Uplands Program, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), (2000-2009)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

Additional qualifications

  • International experience

  • Long-term: France (1 year), Spain (9 months), Burundi (3 months), Kenya (in total 4 years)

  • Short-term: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mauretania, Niger, Mali, Mozambique, Oman, India, Vietnam, Tanzania, Thailand


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Facilitation and moderation

  • Tertiary education: Participatory and problem-oriented learning


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