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3.3 Economic development and food security

1. Research Domain
Functional plant biology
2. Research Domain
Plant-microbe systems
3. Research Domain
Plant quality and food security
3.1 Plant quality for human consumption
3.2 Food chemistry and human nutrition
3.3 Economic development and food security
4. Research Domain
Horticultural systems of the future
5. Research Domain
Standort Erfurt

The research in this group will address the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity in low income countries, in countries in transition and in emergencies.

We will study how households engage in horticulture, which includes a formal market context for income generation, informal production and marketing, and strategies aimed at household own consumption in a home garden. We will do so with detailed survey data and the analysis of food production and consumption, drawing on the expertise of our Programme Area in nutrition of plants and that of external partners. Our work will uncover how best to achieve food security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.


Partners and Links

Humboldt University, Professor Bokelmann:


Leibniz CRISES:

KOSMOS Workshop:

Life in Kyrgyzstan Study:



Selected Publications


Bircan, C., T. Brück and M. Vothknecht (forthcoming). “Violent Conflict and Inequality”. Oxford Development Studies.

Justino, P., T. Brück and P. Verwimp (forthcoming). “New Developments in Measuring the Welfare Effects of Conflict Exposure at the Micro-Level”, Peace & Conflict 2015, University of Maryland.

Bertram-Hümmer, V. and G. Baliki (2015). „The Role of Visible Wealth for Deprivation“. Social Indicators Research, vol. 124, no. 3, pp. 765-783.

Brück, T., P. Justino, P. Verwimp, A. Avdeenko and A. Tedesco (2015): “Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys: Current Practices and Methodological Challenges”. World Bank Research Observer, forthcoming.

Bozzoli, C., T. Brück and T. Muhumuza (2015). “Activity Choices of Internally Displaced Persons and Returnees: Quantitative Survey Evidence from Post-War Northern Uganda”. Bulletin of Economic Research, forthcoming.

Brück, T., D. Esenaliev, A. Kroeger, A. Kudebayeva, B. Mirkasimov and S. Steiner (2014): “Household Survey Data for Research on Well-Being and Behavior in Central Asia”. Journal of Comparative Economics, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 819-35.

Puri, J., A. Aladysheva, V. Iversen, Y. Ghorpade and T. Brück (2014). “What Methods May Be Used in Impact Evaluations of Humanitarian Assistance?”. HiCN Working Paper, Nr. 193.

Justino, P., T. Brück and P. Verwimp, eds. (2013). A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence and Development. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Brück, T., W. Naudé and P. Verwimp (2013). “Business under Fire: Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries”. Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 3-19.

Bozzoli, C., T. Brück and N. Wald (2013). “Self-Employment and Conflict in Colombia”. Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 117-42.

Brück, T. and S. Workneh Kebede (2013). “Dynamics and Drivers of Consumption and Multidimensional Poverty: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia”. IZA Discussion Papers, Nr. 7364.

Bozzoli, C., T. Brück and T. Muhumuza (2012). “Movers or Stayers? Understanding the Drivers of IDP Camp Decongestion During Post-Conflict Recovery in Uganda”. DIW Discussion Papers, Nr. 1197.

Schindler, K. and T. Brück (2011). “The Effects of Conflict on Fertility in Rwanda”. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, Nr. 5715.