Figure 2:


Schematic presentation of the different levels of participation activities in GrassNet. GrassNet follows a nested approach based on the training of MSc students that will be directly involved in research activities in therespective countries pursued by a team of Post-Docs and Phd students.

The country based GrassNet activities will be supplemented by ongoing multi-lateral research projects already established or in the planning.

Transdisciplinary and cross-continental approaches will be discussed, studied, and developed during a series ofsummer schools involving teams from all partner countries.


The structure of GrassNet (Fig. 2) aims at linking research institutions in South-America, Sub-Saharan-Africa and North China with institutions for higher education in Germany to exchange knowledge, scientific methods, and to gain from experiences with approaches already initiated.

harun warui
Post-Doc Harun Warui

Based on ongoing research activities, that are coordinated by the Senior Scientists counterparts in the respective partner countries, the Post-Doc involved in the research program will directly guide a PhD student from a local University. Both will visit Germany for some period of 6-12 months. These visits will provide the PhD students with the opportunity to conduct in-depth studies related to his or her PhD research work at the host institution under the guidance of a German professor. The Post-Doc will use these visits to either use specific technology available at the host institution or to acquire specific methods to be implemented at the home institution as a follow-up of the visit.

Yanhua Wang
MSc. Student Yanhua

The visits will coincide with the intake of 6 MSc students each in 2009 and 2011 allowing to select the MSc students and guide their education to gain first hand experience in the respective systems when implementing their MSc-Thesis research. The MSc students will have to meet the admission requirements of established MSc programs at the two German Universities, namely, “Agricultural sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics – AgriTropics” at the University of Hohenheim and “International Organic Agriculture – IOA” at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen.