Dr. Barbara Ramsperger, born 1963, is holding the position of the Executive Manager of the Center for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtopics of the University of Hohenheim. After her apprenticeship as gardener, her studies in agricultural biology and several years of research in Argentina she received a doctorate in Soil Science from the University of Hohenheim.
As an agricultural adviser to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in Ghana, West Africa, she gained professional experiences in the field of rural development, farming systems, community approaches and international development cooperation. From 2001 to 2011 she worked for Bread for the World, a church based development agency in Germany and was in charge of the cooperation with partner organisations in South America (Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru) and later in the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon). From 2004 to 2011 she was head of the Asia-Pacific Group and therefore in charge of the strategic alignment of the cooperation in the Asia and Pacific region.
The Center for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics initiates, coordinates and promotes interdisciplinary, innovative research, teaching and political consultancy in the development-oriented and tropical-related areas of agricultural, environmental and food sciences of Hohenheim University.