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PuR Chair and HEF organise the Weihenstephan Forum on the future of agricultural policy for the second time (31/01)

Following the successful kick-off event of the Weihenstephan Forum on the future of agricultural policy in summer 2023, the follow-up event took place last Wednesday (31 January 2024) under the motto "Climate protectors versus agriculture - just a misunderstanding?". Around 170 people attended the symposium, which was organised by the Chair of Production and Resource Economics (PuR) and the Hans Eisenmann Forum for Agricultural Sciences (HEF). Facilitated by Heike Zeller, a panel discussion convened, featuring experts in agricultural policy and climate protection:

  • Günther Felßner, President, Bavarian Farmers' Association
  • Martin Hofstetter, agricultural policy expert, Greenpeace Germany
  • Ulrike Müller, Member of the Bavarian Parliament, Freie Wähler
  • Johannes Sauer, Professor, Technical University of Munich
  • Alexander Wolf, climate activist, Letzte Generation

The aim of the event series is to provide a platform for discourse and to facilitate access to scientific findings in the agricultural sector. 
The symposium was therefore divided into the various thematic blocks "Effects of climate change on agricultural production" and "Opportunities and limits of reducing greenhouse gases" and the event initiator, Professor Johannes Sauer, gave an overview of the current state of research at the beginning of each topic area. The audience was also actively involved in the event. Following the discussions, the evening extended into informal conversations over beer and pretzels

Further reports on the event::


Science Magazine reports on research by Professor Johannes Sauer

The well-known Science magazine, which since its founding in 1880, has strived to publish and disseminate special scientific discoveries and research results, reports on the current research of Professor Johannes Sauer in the August 25, 2023 issue.

The Science article, which can be found under the heading "In Brief: News at a glance," refers to the research paper "Research excellence and scientific advisory boards," published in the August 2023 Science and Public Policy Journal. The study analyzes the extent to which research excellence is a determining factor in being appointed as a member of a scientific advisory board, using data from the United States and Germany.

The link to the Science article can be found here.

The link to the research article can be found here.


Further news:

ANLiegen Natur magazine reports about research of the chair group in the area of agroforestry

Current Projects

INCiTiS-FOOD: Integrated and circular technologies for sustainable city region food systems in Africa

INCiTiS-FOOD aims to improve food and nutrition security in African city regions and reduce the food-system-related environmental footprint while contributing to circularity. Furthermore, the project will empower communities by opening up opportunities for them in agri-food supply and value chains, and by achieving environmental justice through transformative food policies. This will be achieved through... more

Net-CSA Bio: Network on Climate-Smart agriculture: Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem conservation

The “Network on Climate-Smart agriculture: Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem conservation (Net-CSA bio)” aims at fostering cooperation in research and teaching between TUM-PuR and scientists from Colombian universities and research institutes. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and focuses on three main pillars: scientific excellence, capacity building, and network enhancement. The scientific pillar focuses on... more

NOVASOIL: Innovative business models for soil health

The general objective of the NOVASOIL project is to demonstrate the benefits of investing in soil health for society and the environment. Innovations to improve soil health will be promoted by establishing a network of experts, the experimental design and testing of effective and efficient cooperation models, and the development of contractual frameworks that support the implementation of the models by various actors. The expected key outcome of the project is a... more

RETOUCH Nexus - Resilient water governance under climate change within the WEFE Nexus

With increased water scarcity due to anthropocentric and natural causes, the trade-offs and synergies intrinsic to efficiently allocate water resources to various competing uses have become more polarized. Realizing the importance of an integrated approach in water governance, the RETOUCH Nexus project introduces and promotes the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus as a multi-level and cross-sectoral approach that advocates the EU water economy and, in addition, relies on ecological and social considerations. The overall objective of RETOUCH Nexus is... more

GRASSWORKS - What works and why in grassland restoration in Germany? A multi-region social-ecological assessment and pilot implementation of successful approaches.

GRASSWORKS aims to contribute to the comprehensive and global transformation to reversing species and habitat loss and focus on a greater appreciation of grassland biodiversity and its many ecosystem functions and services. The project focuses on three model regions in North, Central and South Germany, over three ree regions that vary in their economic, social-ecological and socioeconomic contextual conditions. The project is based on the hypothesis that biodiversity restoration success depends on the extent to which projects address the diverse levels of ecological complexity, as well as the social engagement of diverse stakeholders. This is a... more

PONDERFUL- POND Ecosystems for Resilient FUture Landscapes in a changing climate

Ponds and “pondscapes” (networks of ponds) are crucial for biodiversity conservation and their multiple societally beneficial ecosystem services (ES) provide the means to play a crucial role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. However, ponds are largely neglected in water- and nature-related policies and there is insufficient knowledge on how to manage and restore ponds to maximize nature-based solutions (NBS) to increase resilience of ecosystems and society to climate change. The overarching objective of PONDERFUL is ... more

IPM Popillia - Integrated Pest Management of the invasive Japanese Beetle, Popillia japonica

The IPM Popillia project seeks to limit the invasion of quarantine pests such as the Japanese Beetle, a pest that was found in Europe for the first time in 2014, using sustainable and environmentally friendly control strategies. Japanese Beetles are already abundant in natural conservation areas, grasslands, forest margins, small structured, fragmented landscapes, or close to residential areas and private gardens, but slowly become a threat to agriculture... more

Current publications

Financing Climate-Smart Agriculture: a case study from the Indo-Gangetic Plains

Villalba, R.; Joshi, G.; Daum, T.; Venus, T. E. (2024). Mitigations and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 

The Indo-Gangetic Plains represents one of South Asia’s most productive agricultural regions, yet it is highly vulnerable to climate change and requires the widespread adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture. Although farmers understand the benefits of such technologies, financial constraints often undermine adoption. Using a case study from Haryana, we assess the opportunities and challenges aligned with the different pathways available for farmers to adopt and finance two capital-intensive technologies: laser land levelers and happy seeders.


Assessing the impact of agri-environmental payments on green productivity in Germany

Ait Sidhoum, A.; Mennig, P.; Frick, F. (2024). Ecological Economics

This study offers a novel empirical application for assessing the impact of agri-environment schemes (AES) on the performance of farms. The existing evidence about the impact of these schemes considering environmental and economic aspects equally is still limited. Therefore, our objective is to contribute to the literature on the impact evaluation of AES by considering three important aspects in our empirical analysis. 


What matters most in determining European farmers' participation in agri-environmental measures? A systemativ review of the quantitative literature

Canessa C., Ait-Sidhoum A., Wunder S., Sauer J. (2024). Land Use Policy

Successful implementation of Europe’s agri-environmental policies faces various obstacles, several of which are closely linked to participation. Effectively increasing adoption of agri-environmental-climate measures (AECM) requires a deeper understanding of farmers’ motives. Various case-study research has targeted ex-post studies but offers context-specific recommendations. Earlier literature reviews provide certain insights, but have not yet clarified how the evidence on adoption can be optimally applied to AECM design. We explore farmer decision-making by synthetizing results from three decades of ex-post empirical studies on AECM adoption in Europe.