Christian Andres
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Tel.+41 62 865 7216
Fax +41 62 865 7273
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Christian Andres

  • Research Scientist & Coordinator in sustainable production systems in the tropics
  • Department of International Cooperation & Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International (TIPI)
  • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

Christian earned his MSc degree in Agro-Ecosystem Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) with a multiply awarded thesis on sustainable yam production in Ivory Coast. In his professional career, he integrates various disciplines into single projects, applying systems’ research approaches to try and solve real-life problems of smallholders in the tropics. Christian has published several book chapters as well as research, review and opinion papers in high-quality books and journals on various topics around sustainable agriculture in the tropics.

Besides yam-based production systems in West Africa, he mainly studied cotton-based systems in India, and cocoa-based systems in Latin America, where he compared the agronomic, economic and ecological performance of organic vs. conventional production systems. His current focus is on sustainable cocoa production systems. Christian is involved in several projects around this topic, which are located in West Africa, Latin America and Southeast-Asia.

Christian is also a newly assigned coordinator of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI). TIPI’s Global Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research was published in February 2016.

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