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Dr. Arnim Kuhn

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1988-1990 Apprenticeship in agriculture
1991-1996 Studies of agricultural science, Universities of Bonn and Kiel (Germany)
2000 Dissertation, University of Bonn


since 2001 Research fellow at ILR, Bonn University

Research areas:

  • Expansion of biomass production (food and non-food) in Sub-Saharan Africa (GlobE BiomassWeb, since 8/2013)
  • Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems in Africa (RCR-Project)
  • Water use in Benin and Morocco (IMPETUS)
  • International Trade in Agricultural Commodities (WATSIM)
  • Agricultural Policy in Transition Countries
  • Economic Modelling

Scientific advisory work:

  • Member of the German Advisory Group with the Ukrainian Government (2002-2004, see

Work as consultant in transition countries:

  • TACIS: Training of farm advisors
  • EU-Phare: Twinning projects

Country experience:

  • Kenya, South Africa, Benin, Morocco, Russia, Ukraine


  • German, English, Russian


Selected Publications:

Srivastava, A. K., Mboh, C. M., Gaiser, T., Kuhn, A., Engida, E., Ewert, F. (2019): Effect of mineral fertilizer on rain water and radiation use efficiencies for maize yield and stover biomass productivity in Ethiopia, Agricultural Systems 168: 88-100

Bassey, N. E., Kuhn, A., Storm, H. (2018): Are maize marketers averse to quality loss in supplies? A case study from Ghana, Agricultural Economics 49(5): 649-658

Jafari, Y., Othman, J., Kuhn, A. (2017): Market and Welfare Impacts of Agri-Environmental Policy Options in the Malaysian Rice Sector, Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies 54(2): 179-201

Kuhn, A., Britz, W., Willy, D. K., van Oel, P. (2016): Simulating the viability of water institutions under volatile rainfall conditions – The case of the Lake Naivasha Basin, Environmental Modelling & Software 75: 373-387

Linstädter, A., Kuhn, A., Naumann, C., Rasch, S., Sandhage-Hofmann, A., Amelung, W., Jordaan, J., Du Preez, C., Bollig, M. (2016): Assessing the resilience of a real-world social-ecological system: lessons from a multidisciplinary evaluation of a South African pastoral system, Ecology and Society 21(3)

Willy, D. K., Kuhn, A. (2016): Technology Adoption Under Variable Weather Conditions: The Case of Rain Water Harvesting in Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya, Water Economics and Policy 02

Virchow, D., Beuchelt, T. D., Kuhn, A., & Denich, M. (2016). Biomass-based value webs: a novel perspective for emerging bioeconomies in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development (pp. 225-238). Springer, Cham.

Kuhn, A., Endeshaw, K. A. (2015): Trends and Drivers of Crop Biomass Demand: Sub-Saharan Africa vs the Rest of the World. Discussion Paper 2015:3. Download

Britz W., Ferris, M., Kuhn A.(2013): Modeling water allocating institutions based on Multiple Optimization Problems with Equilibrium Constraints. Environmental Modelling & Software 46: 196-207

Kuhn A., Britz W. (2012): Can hydro-economic river basin models simulate water shadow prices under asymmetric access? Water Science & Technology 66(4): 879-886. doi:10.2166/wst.2012.251

Gaiser T., Judex M., Hiepe C., Kuhn A. (2010): Regional simulation of maize production in tropical savanna fallow systems as affected by fallow availability. Agricultural Systems 103(9):656-665. doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2010.08.004

Kuhn A., Gaiser T., Gandonou E. (2010): Simulating the effects of tax exemptions on fertiliser use in Benin by linking biophysical and economic models. Agricultural Systems 103(8):509-520. doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2010.05.003

Heidecke C., Kuhn A., Klose S. (2008): Water pricing options for the Middle Drâa River Basin in Morocco. African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 2(2):170-187.

Heidecke, C., Kuhn, A. (2007): Considering salinity effects on crop yields in hydro-economic modelling - the case of a semi-arid river basin in Morocco. In: Water Resources Management IV. Edit. Brebbia, C.A., Kungolos, A.G. 978-1-84564-074-3 Wessex Institute of Technology Press
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Heidecke, C., Kuhn, A (2006): Calculating Feasible Charges for Irrigation Water in the Drâa Valley in Southern Morocco. In: Journal of Agriculture and Marine Science 11 S.I. 47-54

Heidecke, C., Kuhn, A., Klose, S. (2006): The Impact of drought in the Drâa basin in Southern Morocco on Groundwater use Paper presented at the International Conference: Economics of Poverty, Environment and Natural Resource Use. 17-19 May 2006. Wageningen, the Netherlands

Kuhn, A., Gruber, I. (2006): The Impact of Increasing Land Scarcity on Food Production in Benin. Conference 'Economics of Poverty Environment and Natural Resource Use', ENR, Wageningen.

Kuhn, A., Gruber, I., Doevenspeck, M., Paeth, H. (2005): The Impact of Resources Pressure and Rainfall Variability on Land Use and Food Supply in Benin. Presentation at the GLOWA-Status Conference 18./19.05.2005, University of Cologne.

Arnim Kuhn, Tanja Schmidt, Claudia Heidecke (2005): Economic Aspects of Water Management in the Drâa Region (Southeast Morocco). Deutscher Tropentag 2005: The Global Food and Product Chain - Dynamics, Innovations, Conflicts, Strategies University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, October 11 - 13.
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Ina Gruber, Torbjörn Jansson, Arnim Kuhn (2005): Projecting Benin's Food Gap for 2025. Deutscher Tropentag 2005: The Global Food and Product Chain - Dynamics, Innovations, Conflicts, Strategies University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, October 11 - 13. (Download as PDF)

Kuhn, A. (2005): A CGE Analysis of Trade Costs in the Russian Agro-Food Sector.
Agricultural Economics 33:79-90.

Kuhn, A. (2004): RASMU: Regional Agricultural Sector Model for Ukraine. IER Working Paper, Kiev, November 2004. (Download)

von Cramon-Taubadel, S., Demyanenko, S., Kuhn, A. [Eds.] (2004): Ukrainian Agriculture - Crisis and Recovery. Aachen: Shaker, 198 pages

German Advisory Group on Economic Reforms (2004): Towards Higher Standards of Living - An Economic Agenda for Ukraine. Kiev, 93 pages

Kuhn, A. (2003): From World Market to Trade Flow Modelling - the Re-Designed WATSIM Model. WATSIM AMPS Final Report. Institute for Agricultural Policy, University of Bonn (Download report)

Witzke, H.P. and Kuhn, A. (2003): Assessing Reform Options for the Sugar Common Market Organisation - Quantitative Analyses with Interlinked Models. Schriften der GeWiSoLa e.V., Bd. 39, pp. 107-115

Kuhn, A. and Wehrheim, P. (2002): Agricultural Trade Diversion due to EU Eastern Enlargement - A Quantitative Analysis Based on a Partial Equilibrium World Trade Model (WATSIM). Schriften der Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V., Band 39

Kuhn, A. (2001): Handelskosten und regionale (Des-)Integration: Russlands Agrarmärkte in der Transformation. Dissertation, Landwirtschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Bonn.

Kuhn, A. (2000): Regional (Dis-)Integration of Russia's Agro-food Markets. In: Wehrheim, P., E. V. Serova, K. Frohberg, and J. von Braun (eds.), Russia's Agro-food Sector: Towards Truly Functioning Markets. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Kuhn, A.,Wehrheim, P. (1999): Klassifizierung russischer Regionen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft. in: Europa Regional 7 (2), S. 2-9.

von Braun, J. , A. Kuhn (1998): Information for Improved Policy Making in Developing Countries: A Note on Conceptual Frameworks. In: The Role of Research in Agricultural Policy-Making in Sub-Sahara Africa Expert Consultation Workshop Documentation, Feldafing, 07.-11.04.1997, GTZ, Eschborn.

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