• Evaluator

Dr Tina Beuchelt

Dr Tina Beuchelt works as evaluator in the department for Sustainable Economic and Social Development. She is also an associated researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn. Dr Beuchelt worked at ZEF between 2014 and autumn 2020 and led the accompanying research component of the Food Security Standard project, which implements and evaluates food security and other human rights in international (certified) agricultural supply chains. Prior to that, she coordinated a multi-stakeholder project in Africa on improving rural incomes by linking value chains. From 2011-2013, she headed the accompanying and implementation research at one of the international CGIAR research centers, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico.

Dr. Beuchelt has led research and development projects in many different countries and contexts in Latin America, Africa and Asia, working intensively with civil society, private sector and state actors. Her expertise builds on her M.Sc. degree in tropical agriculture and resource management, followed by research stays at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, USA and at the specialised agency of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, in Rome. In 2011, she completed her PhD as an agricultural and development economist (Dr. sc. agr.) on the effects of coffee certification on small farming households in Nicaragua at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart).

Key qualifications

Thematic focus

Human rights,

sustainable local and international value chains,

corporate responsibility and human rights due diligence,

certification systems,

food security,

poverty reduction,

gender, social risk management,

agriculture and rural development,

natural resource management,

adaptation to climate change,


Methodological focus

Quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research & evaluation,

method integration / mixed-method designs,

theory-based evaluation designs

Regional focus

Latin America,

Sub-Saharan Africa,


Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Beuchelt, T.D. and M. Nassl.  2019.  Applying a Sustainable Development Lens to Global Biomass Potentials.  Sustainability, 11: doi:10.3390/su11185078.

Nischalke, S.M., Abebe, M., Assefa, B., Keding, G.B., Kriesemer, S.K., Randrianarison, N., and T.D. Beuchelt.  2018.  Gender challenges in horticultural research in Ethiopia and Madagascar.  Acta Hortic., 1205: 137-146.

Beuchelt, T.D.  2017.  Buying green and social from abroad: Are biomass-focused voluntary sustainability standards useful for European public procurement?  ZEF Working Papers No. 156, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany (peer-reviewed).

Nischalke, S.M., Abebe, M., Assefa Wondimagegnhu, B., Kriesemer, S.K., and T.D. Beuchelt.  2017.  Forgotten Forests? Food Potential of Ancient Coffee Forests and Agroforestry Systems in the Southwestern Ethiopian Mountains, Seen Through a Gender Lens.  Mountain Research and Development, 37 (3): 254-262.

Mohr, A., Beuchelt, T., Schneider, R. and D. Virchow.  2016.  Solving Trade-Offs Between Food Security and Biomass Use: Rights-Based Food Security Criteria for Biomass Sustainability Standards and Certifications.  Biomass & Bioenergy, 89: 133–145.

Beuchelt, T.D., Camacho Villa, C.T., Göhring, L., Hernández Rodríguez, V.M., Hellin, J., Sonder, K. and O. Erenstein.  2014.  Social and income trade-offs of conservation agriculture practices on crop residue use in Mexico’s central highlands.  Agricultural Systems, 134: 61-75.

Beuchelt, T.D. and L. Badstue.  2013.  Gender, nutrition- and climate-smart food production: Opportunities and trade-offs.  Food Security, Vol 5 (5): 709–721.

Beuchelt, T.D. and M. Zeller.  2013.  The role of cooperative business models for the success of smallholder coffee certification in Nicaragua: A comparison of conventional, organic and Organic-Fairtrade certified cooperatives.  Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol 28 (3): 195-211.

Beuchelt, T.D. and D. Virchow.  2012.  Food sovereignty: A useful concept for international policies to fight global hunger and poverty? Agriculture and Human Values, Vol 29 (2): 259-273.

Beuchelt, T.D. and M. Zeller.  2011.  Profits and poverty: Certification's troubled link for Nicaragua's organic and fairtrade coffee producers.  Ecological Economics, Vol 70 (7): 1316-1324.

Fischer, I., Beuchelt, T.D., Dufhues, T. and G. Buchenrieder.  2010.  Risk-Management networks of ethnic minorities in Vietnam.  Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol 17 (2): 93-118.

Book chapters

Beuchelt, T.D. 2016.  Gender, Social Equity and Innovations in Smallholder Farming Systems: Pitfalls and Pathways.  In: Franz W. Gatzweiler und Joachim von Braun (eds.): Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. Springer.  181-198.

Virchow, D., Beuchelt, T.D., Kuhn, A. and M. Denich. 2016.  Biomass-Based Value Webs: A Novel Perspective for Emerging Bioeconomies in Sub-Saharan Africa.  In: Franz W. Gatzweiler and Joachim von Braun (eds.): Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. Springer.  225-238.

Beuchelt, T.D., Kiemen, A. and M. Zeller.  2010.  Value adding through certification? – Insights from the coffee sector in Nicaragua.  In: Van Trijp, H. and P. Ingenbleek (eds.): Markets, marketing and developing countries. Wageningen Academic Publishers. Wageningen, the Netherlands. 115-120.


Beuchelt, T.D.  2012.  Analyzing Organic and Fairtrade Certification Schemes: Participation and Welfare Effects on Small-Scale Farmers in Coffee Value Chains.  Cuvillier Verlag. Göttingen, Germany.

Beuchelt, T.D.  2008.  Support Networks of Rural Households. A Case Study of Risk-Management in Northern Vietnam.  Margraf Publishers. Weikersheim, Germany.

For more publications, please the Google Scholar Profile.



Dr Tina Beuchelt


Phone: +49 (0)228-336907-915

E-mail: tina.beuchelt@DEval.org

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