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AFECO at Faculty of Agriculture

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Faculty of Agriculture

ILR Chairgroups



Ursula Rickert, Dipl. Ing. (FH)
Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR)
University of Bonn
Meckenheimer Allee 174
D-53115 Bonn, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)228 73-3121


Dr. Manuela Meraner
Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR)
University of Bonn
Nußallee 19
D-53115 Bonn, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)228 73-3036

Office hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 9.30 – 11.30
and by arrangement

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Petra Krug

The AFECO programme was connected to my bachelor´s degree in agricultural science with an economic major in Bonn. I was already thinking about working at the University as a student assistant during my bachelor's degree and was interested in getting a deeper insight into research and its background. During my employment at the chair group “Technology and Innovation Management in Agribusiness” I got a great inside view into the work of the chair and scientific research in general. Next to preparing lectures for bachelor and master sessions, I could experience theoretical knowledge from my own lectures in form of participate group discussions, assist in the creation of surveys and discover the end of the research process in the form of dissertations and publications.

Timothy Daniel Butterworth

After graduating with a BSc from the University of Massachusetts in 2010, I worked for several years in jobs involving accounting, personal investments and data analysis. When my wife and I decided in 2016 to leave Boston and move to Germany, Bonn was the obvious choice. The AFECO Program stood out to me because it was offered in English, its curriculum was flexible and it combined my interest in environmental issues and the food industry with my background in finance. AFECO has enabled me to explore my interests through its courses, as well as participating in research as a student assistant, visiting farms and factories in the beautiful countryside and volunteering on an organic farm. I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue a publicly funded Master’s degree at an excellent University.

An Cao

Going for AFECO program was a remarkable shift in my career path – since I had a bachelor in banking and finance and had been working for a few years in that field. Nevertheless, that turned out to be a right decision. As a person from an agriculture-based region in Mekong Delta, the program helped me gain back appreciation and respect towards agriculture from an international perspective. The study program was both challenging and inspiring. It comprises a well-balanced combination of theory- and practice-oriented subjects, and therefore can meet a diverse range of career perspectives of the students. AFECO is also where I am thankful to received invaluable encouragements and supports to successfully accomplish my Master’s degree, and therefore to believe that good attitude and efforts will be compensated greatly.

Maximilian Meyer

After my Bachelor in Agricultural Science with an Economic Major at Bonn University, the AFECO programme was the next logical step for me. The programme was the perfect boost for my starting interest in agricultural and environmental economics. With The multicultural and multifaceted work environment of the AFECO programme, I feel confident for my upcoming tasks as a PhD student here at the ILR and my study field in Africa.

Elisabeth Stegen

After my Bachelor's degree at the University of Hohenheim in Agricultural Sciences I decided to focus on the economics of food production. My decision to enrol in the AFECO programme was based on courses offered in development economics and policy as well as environmental economics. The faculty's good reputation also influenced my decision. Bonn is a nice place as well - I especially like that I can cycle everywhere.

Sukhada Khedkar

An institute with a high ranking, multicultural environment, a very  competitive course based on research and analytical thinking, highly qualified, friendly and approachable faculty, situated in a picturesque, traditionally rich and historical city on the banks of the awe inspiring river Rhein- What more would a student want! The institutes offers the best of both worlds to its students by honing their personalities as well as preparing them to excel in the challenging world of food and agricultural economics.

Friedrich Schulze Holthausen

Schon immer habe ich mich als Landwirtssohn aus dem Münsterland, für den Agrarsektor und insbesondere für Zahlen begeistert. Um meine Interessen in diesem Bereich zu vertiefen, habe ich den Master Agricultural and Food Economics an der Universität Bonn gewählt. Der theoretische Vorlesungsinhalt wurde mir bereits im Bachelor stets mit Hilfe praktischer Beispiele vermittelt. Ausschlaggebend für das Studium in Bonn war, dass die Universität einen hervorragenden Ruf im Agrarbereich genießt, international sehr gut aufgestellt ist und ihre Studenten sie mit großartigen Bewertungen auszeichnen. Weiterhin ist Bonn die optimale Stadt für Studenten. Die zahlreichen Freizeitangebote und ihre besondere Ausstrahlung lassen so manchen Prüfungsstress vergessen.

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