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HORTINLEA - Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihoods in East Africa

HORTINLEA is an interdisciplinary research project addressing food security in East Africa, particularly in Kenya. The overall goal is to improve the livelihood and nutritional situation of the rural and urban poor. The HORTINLEA project is embedded in a funding initiative for global food security (GlobE) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. HORTINLEA started in July 2013 and runs for 2.5 years (01.07.2013 – 31.12.2015) with a total budget of approximately 1.5 million euros per year. Two additional years are in prospect.

On this page, you will find the following information:

Profile of HORTINLEA and of HORTINLEA-Graduate School


In HORTINLEA, more than 20 universities and research institutes in Kenya, Tanzania and Germany collaborate to gain added value from their academic excellence and expertise. In doing so, the project will lead to regionally adapted solutions related to food systems in East Africa based on interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic knowledge. In order to ensure that the research findings ultimately benefit the rural and urban poor in Kenya, a comprehensive dissemination strategy that addresses policy makers and practitioners forms part of the project.

In total, HORTINLEA consists of 14 Subprojects (SP) in different areas of research, including the following five subprojects running in the Institute of Horticultural Production Systems at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Leibniz University Hannover:

  • SP1: Increasing Water Use Efficiency in African leafy Vegetable Production Systems
  • SP2: Developing Integrated Pest Management Strategies
  • SP4: Harvesting and Postharvest Physiology of African Leafy Vegetables
  • SP6: Variety Development and Seed Systems
  • SP14: Building Capacity through Research and Training

As one main objective of SP14, the HORTINLEA Graduate School has been established to integrate training and networking among the young researchers involved in HORTINLEA by a structured international doctoral programme rooted in a collaborative experience. The doctoral study programme of the HORTINLEA Graduate School is mandatory. It is focused on fostering an excellent professional development in the field of agricultural research and the young researchers’ scientific career.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide young researchers with the scientific knowledge, skills and techniques to be able to conduct comprehensive research.
  • To foster the personal qualities necessary to be an effective researcher.
  • To enable young researchers become acquainted with the standards, requirements and professional ethics of research.
  • To cultivate among young researchers the knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research outcomes.



Doctoral projects and postdoc positions

Doctoral positions

A total of 30 doctoral projects are being pursued within the HORTINLEA programme, six of which are based at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and two at the School of Economics and Management at Leibniz University Hannover.

 PostDoc positions

Postdoc positions are not available in the HORTINLEA programme.

Website of HORTINLEA and HORTINLEA Graduate School