Dr. Stefanie Lemke

Dr. Stefanie Lemke previously worked at the Department Gender and Nutrition, Institute for Social Sciences in Agriculture, University of Hohenheim (Acting Chair 2013-2015), the Centre for Development and Environmental Research, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research, North West University, South Africa (1997-2000, 2004-2007). Stefanie further worked for various German civil service organisations, among others on alternative livelihoods of smallholder farmers; healthy nutrition and lifestyle of individuals and communities; nutrition and consumer protection in the new German States after the fall of the wall.

Areas of research include: food and nutrition security at global, regional and household level; gender, nutrition and right to adequate food; sustainable livelihoods; sustainable diets; qualitative, participatory, rights-based and gendered methodologies. Stefanie engaged with academic and civil society partners in South, West and East Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. She is a member of the Gender Nutrition Rights research group (a collaboration of Syracuse University, University of Hohenheim, FIAN International and Geneva Infant Feeding Association); the expert group “Introducing the Right to Adequate Food in University Curricula” (hosted by Heinrich Boell Foundation); Task Force on Traditional, Indigenous and Cultural Foods, International Union of Nutrition Sciences.

  • Sustainable options for agriculture in Ghana. In collaboration with NGOs First Step Foundation and Anoshe Women's Project, Ghana. Supervision of Master theses research, ongoing project “Strengthening participatory decision making within the stakeholder framework of Anoshe Women’s Group, Ghana” (N Simons). Funded by the NGO Sabab Lou, foundation fiat panis, University of Hohenheim (Coordinator: F Asch).
  • Exploring the potential of local food systems for sustainable rural development – A case study of the Vaalharts area. Building on the below research ‘Sustainable diets in rural South Africa’ this project aims to provide empirical evidence on the potential of local food systems (LFS) for creating more equitable and resilient rural communities and contributing to sustainable rural development, employing a participatory multi sectoral approach. Funded by the Presidency, Republic of South Africa and European Union (2015-2016). (PI: A Kruger, N Claasen; Collaborator: S Lemke)
  • Sustainable diets in rural South Africa: linking nutrition, food systems and the environment. This ongoing research explores the sustainability of diets in rural communities in South Africa, revealing the complex interplay of household’s food and nutrition security with the local food system and the environment. Funded by National Research Foundation South Africa, South African Sugar Association, foundation fiat panis (2013-2016). (PI: N Claasen; Collaborator: S Lemke)
  • Impact of large scale land acquisition on livelihoods and the right to adequate food of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. In collaboration with Misereor and the Tanzanian NGO MVIWATA. Funded by Heinrich Boell Foundation. Supervision of Master thesis research (AT Nkobou) (2014-2015).
  • Analysis of the implications of large scale land investments on rural food security and livelihoods in Sierra Leone. In cooperation with the NGO Christian Aid. Funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Supervision of Master thesis research (EA Kanu) (2014-2015)
  • Food security and Right to Adequate Food in the context of land and agrarian reform in South Africa. Impact of land and agrarian reform on food and nutrition security in South Africa, in particular on local food systems and marginalised groups, among them emerging farmers, farm workers and women, with emphasis on their perspectives and capacities. In collaboration with South African NGOs. Funded by Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden Wuertemberg and European Social Fund, foundation fiat panis (2010-2013).
  • Nutrition Security, Livelihoods and HIV/AIDS of black South African farm workers – qualitative social research from the household and gender perspective. Underlying social causes of nutrition insecurity and the link with livelihoods and HIV/AIDS among farm worker households on commercial farms in the North West Province, South Africa, applying a mixed methods approach. Situated within the Farm Labour And General Health (FLAGH) programme, Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR), North West University, South Africa. Within the framework of this project two additional studies were carried out, expanding research to existing community initiatives. Funded by German Research Foundation, National Research Foundation South Africa, Nutrition Third World Belgium (2004-2007).
  • Food and Nutrition Security in Black South African Households – Creative Ways of Coping and Survival. This interdisciplinary study explored the composition, socio-economic characteristics and intra-household dynamics of black African households and the impact on food and nutrition security, employing qualitative and quantitative methods. Situated within the Transition and Health during Urbanisation in South Africa (THUSA) study, Centre of Excellence for Nutrition, North West University, South Africa. Funded by Technical University  of Munich-Weihenstephan (1998-2001).
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