Dr. Manfred Denich is a senior scientist in the Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. He holds degrees in biology and agriculture and has worked for more than 30 years in the tropics and subtropics worldwide. His work focuses on land use systems (agroforestry), conservation and use of biodiversity, biomass production, food security, renewable energy, and transdisciplinary development research.

Dr. Jochen Dürr is a senior researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Kassel, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences. He started his career at the German Development Service in Latin America, where he mainly worked on value chains of smallholder products. At ZEF, he coordinated a project on food security research and capacity development in Ethiopia and Madagascar. He is currently conducting research on edible insect value chains in Madagascar and Myanmar, and on the bioeconomy in Argentina (STRIVE project).

Dr. Dennis Lucy Avilés Irahola is an academic in gender and development studies with many years of experience as a consultant in development organizations around the world, particularly in Latin America. She was born in Bolivia, where she studied agricultural sciences, and holds an MSc. in Human Ecology from the Free University of Brussels and a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Bonn. She is an Associate Researcher at the Research Network on Latin America at the University of Bonn and currently a member of the International Women’s Center Bonn (IFZ) and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM (WOCAN). Since January 2019, she has been working as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn.