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Call for Papers: Home Gardens as a Coping Strategy in Crises and Humanitarian Emergencies

Home Gardens as a Coping Strategy in Crises and Humanitarian Emergencies, 2-3 April 2019


An International, Interdisciplinary Research Workshop

2-3 April 2019

Bonn, Germany


With financial support from BMBF, Leibniz Association and Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World”



Organizers: Tilman Brück (IGZ and ISDC), Heinz Peters (Welthungerhilfe) and Martin Petrick (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen and IAMO)


The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), and Welthungerhilfe invite researchers to submit original research papers for presentation at an international and interdisciplinary workshop on “Home Gardens as a Coping Strategy in Crises and Humanitarian Emergencies”.

The two-day workshop will be hosted at the office of Welthungerhilfe in Bonn, Germany, and will precede the second Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) Network meeting on 4 April 2019 (link of the HG4RR website will be provided soon).

The objective of the workshop is to advance our knowledge of home and school gardens, resilience, food security, and related interventions. We would like to deepen our understanding of how informal small-scale home gardening acts as a coping strategy to strengthen the food and nutritional security and resilience of vulnerable households living under extreme uncertainty. In addition, we would like to learn more about how home and school gardens may have positive effects beyond their immediate outcomes (food security and nutrition), such as on women empowerment.


Submitted papers should address empirical research questions at the interface of life sciences, nutritional sciences, agricultural and horticultural sciences, development economics, rural sociology, anthropology and disaster research in these and related research domains, using quantitative or qualitative methods:


  1. Determinants of food insecurity and malnutrition (triple burden) in emergencies;
  2. Agricultural practices, food security and the role of home and school gardens in emergencies;
  3. The effects of food insecurity in emergencies, especially on vulnerable groups such as women, infants and children or the displaced;
  4. Impact evaluations of home and school garden interventions for emergency agriculture, food security and nutrition;
  5. The role of home and school gardens in transition economies; and
  6. New and emerging data sources, indicators, methods and techniques.


This call is aimed at researchers working in Germany or abroad in any academic discipline and at any level of seniority. Preference will be given to empirical papers and those which have not yet been published in an academic journal. Submissions may consist of complete papers or of extended abstracts of 2-3 pages. Papers for submission should be written in English and submitted as a single pdf file with a maximum file size of 5MB. Limited travel funding is available, so please inform us if you require any financial support in your submission. There are no registration fees for presenting authors. Please also attach a short CV in pdf format and send your whole submission by email to Ms. L. Schmidt at

The deadline for the submission of papers is 22 February 2019. Notifications about decisions taken will be circulated in early March.


The workshop is also open to participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs or other stakeholders. Registration for participation without presenting a paper will open in March 2019.