Steinstraße 19
D-37213 Witzenhausen / Germany
Email: info@ditsl.org
Phone: + 49 (0) 5542 / 607-0
Web: www.ditsl.org


Scientists involved in Grassnet:

Dr. Christian Hülsebusch
PD Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann

German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL)

Structure: DITSL is a non-profit limited liability company (GmbH), which was founded in 1956 and today engages five employees and two scientists. It works in close cooperation with the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences at University of Kassel.
Mission: DITSL supports capacity building, technology development and transfer, initiates, conducts and fosters research, and raises public awareness in the thematic areas of regional management, resource and land use with a focus on agro-ecosystems, knowledge systems, food safety and security, food- and product-chain development and related issues worldwide. Sub/tropical low external input systems and organic agriculture are two major fields of activities and expertise.
Main objectives: DITSL...
… supports capacity building, technology development and transfer
… initiates and fosters research and engages in collaborative research   programmes
… raises public awareness
… develops primary and secondary education programmes on equitable and fair trade
… maintains state-of-the-art facilities for seminars, coursework, demonstrations & practicals

… publishes the Journal for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics (JARTS)
Research: DITSL initiates, conducts and supports development oriented basic and applied research and technology development projects and programmes, following an inter- and transdisciplinary,
cross-cultural approach.
Education: DITSL organises tailor-made state of the art education and training programmes for exchange students, academic scholars and professionals, from universities, research institutions, development- and extension-services as well as from the private commercial sector in emerging economies as well as developing countries. DITSL supports the development oriented academic education programmes of the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences of the University of Kassel, targeting both German and international students.
Close cooperation with: University Kassel The faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences at University Kassel  enfolds 20 Chairs - of which 6 work DC oriented -, as well as 200employes and 650 students. The 320 ha organic experimental farm offers various research opportunies as well as the tropical greenhouse with about 400 crop species. The studies at BSc level are focused towards an organic profile with high practical relevance and at MSc level towards an organic and international profile.