Dr. Daniel Callo-Concha



Scientist at the BMBF project: Process-based & Resilience-Oriented management of DIversity Generates sustainabilitY (PRODIGY).

Research interests

Complex systems analysis; interface agricultural systems/environment; disturbance and change: resilience, vulnerability and adaptability; agroforestry, agriculture and rural development

Curriculum vitae

  2011-2018    Senior researcher. Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
  2009-2011         Postdoctoral research fellow. Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), University of Bonn
  2004-2009               Ph.D. Agriculture. University of Bonn, Germany.
  1999-2001 M.Sc. Agroforestry. Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico
  1996-1997 Ing Agr. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Peru
  1990-1995 B.Sc. Agriculture. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Peru




Callo-Concha D., Denich M., Jaenicke H. and C. Schmitt (eds.). 2020. Advances in Food and Non-Food Biomass Production, Processing and Use in Sub-Saharan Africa. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI. 446p. <link>.

Callo-Concha D., Denich M., Mehmood M.H., Place F. and A. Wardell. 2017. Special Issue: Lessons for research, capacity development and policy in agroforestry for development. Agroforestry Systems. Vol 91, Issue 5. Springer <link


Callo-Concha, D., Lagneaux, E., Zenteno, R., Frör, O.  2022.  Assessing householder social-ecological resilience in transboundary conditions: The case of the MAP region in southwestern Amazonia.  ZEF working paper series 213. 37 p <link> .

Callo-Concha, D., Harou L.I., Krings, L. and Ziemacki, J..  2022.  The ‘fine balance’ of West African savannah parklands: biomass generation versus firewood consumption.  Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics, 123: 75-85 <link>  

Andreotti, F., Bazile D., Biaggi C., Callo-Concha D., Jacquet J., Jemal O.M., King O., Mbosso C., Padulosi S., Speelman E. and van Noordwijk M..  2022.  When neglected species gain global interest: Lessons learned from quinoa's boom and bust for teff and minor millet.  Global Food Security, 32:100613 <link>.  

Jemal, O.M., Callo-Concha, D., van Noordwijk, M..  2021.  Coffee Agroforestry and the Food and Nutrition Security of Small Farmers of South-Western Ethiopia.  Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5:293 <link>.

Benti S., Terefe H. and D. Callo-Concha.  2021. Challenges and prospects to sustain natural and working landscapes in the urban areas in Ethiopia.  Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 3: 100071. <link>.  

Koissi M., Callo-Concha D., Tonnang H.E.Z. and C. Borgemeister.  2021.  Emerging properties of malaria transmission and persistence in urban Accra, Ghana: evidence from a participatory system approach.  Malaria Journal, 1(20). 321. <link>.  

Usman, M.A., and D. Callo-Concha. 2021. The Role of Market Access and Household Dietary Diversity and Food Security in the Yayu Agroforestry Systems, Southwestern Ethiopia. Agricultural and Food Economics 9(18).  <link>.

Aragaw S.H., Nohr D. and D. Callo-Concha. 2021. Nutritional potential of underutilized edible plant species in coffee agroforestry systems of Yayu, southwestern Ethiopia. Agroforestry Systems. <link>

Quispe-Zuniga, M., Callo-Concha D., Plasencia R., Greve K. 2020. Implementing Environmental Reforms in the Central Peruvian Andes: Socio-Economic and Institutional Aspects of Campesino Communities Affected by Mining. In Laube W. and Pereyra A.R.B. (Eds.). ‘Civilizing’ Resource Investments and Extractivism. ZEF Development Studies. LIT Verlag. Pp. 209-251. <link>

Callo-Concha, D., Jaenicke, H., Schmitt, C. and Denich, M.  2020.  Food and Non-Food Biomass Production, Processing and Use in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Regional Bioeconomy.  Sustainability, 12 (5) <link>.

Badmos, O.S., Callo-Concha, D., Agbola, B., Rienow, A., Badmos, B., Greve, K., Jürgens, C., 2020. Determinants of residential location choices by slum dwellers in Lagos megacity. Cities 98, 102589 <link>. 

Quispe-Zuniga M.R., Santos F., Callo-Concha D., Greve K.  2019.  Impact of Heavy Metals on Community Farming Activities in the Central Peruvian Andes.  Minerals, 10 (9): 647 <link

Badmos, O. S., Rienow A., Callo-Concha D., Greve K., Jürgens C. 2019. Simulating slum growth in Lagos: An integration of rule based and empirical based model. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 77 (101369) <link>

Callo-Concha, D., Jemal O. and H. Seyoum. 2019. Local Alternatives to Local Problems: The Contribution of Agroforestry System By-products to Food and Nutrition Security of Communities in Southwestern Ethiopia. Food Studies 9(1), 29-42. DOI: 10.18848/2160-1933/CGP/v09i01/29-42 <link>

Callo-Concha, D., Harou L., Krings L., Ngonjock J. and Ziemacki J. 2019. Farming adaptation in the West African Sudan Savannah: lessons learnt and challenges ahead. In: Senapkon K., Yegbemey R and Awoye H. (Eds). Advancing Climate Change Research in West Africa: Trends, Impacts, Vulnerability, Resilience Adaptation and Sustainability Issues. Nova Publishers. New York. <link>

Nero, Bertrand F., Daniel Callo-Concha, and Manfred Denich. 2019. Increasing Urbanisation and the Role of Green Spaces in Urban Climate Resilience in Africa. In: Haltermann I., Tischler J. (Eds.). Environmental Change and African Societies. Brill. <link>

Callo-Concha, Daniel. 2018. Optimizando la producción agrícola: análisis de sistemas para operacionalizar la agricultura multifuncional. Gestión y Ambiente, 21, 137–43. DOI: 10.15446/ga.v21n2supl.77912. <link>

Callo-Concha, D. 2018. Farmer Perceptions and Climate Change Adaptation in the West Africa Sudan Savannah: Reality Check in Dassari, Benin, and Dano, Burkina Faso. Climate, 6(2) 44. DOI: 10.3390/cli6020044 <link>

Badmos, O.S., Rienow, A., Callo-Concha, D., Greve, K., Jürgens, C., 2018. Urban Development in West Africa—Monitoring and Intensity Analysis of Slum Growth in Lagos: Linking Pattern and Process. Remote Sensing 10, 1044. DOI: 10.3390/rs10071044 <link>

Jemal, O., Callo-Concha, D., van Noordwijk, M., 2018. Local Agroforestry Practices for Food and Nutrition Security of Smallholder Farm Households in Southwestern Ethiopia. Sustainability 10, 2722. DOI:10.3390/su10082722 <link>

Nero, B., Callo-Concha, D., Denich, M., 2018. Structure, Diversity, and Carbon Stocks of the Tree Community of Kumasi, Ghana. Forests 9, 519. DOI: 10.3390/f9090519 <link>

Jemal O. and D. Callo-Concha. 2017. Potential of Agroforestry for Food and Nutrition Security of Small-scale Farming Households. ZEF working paper series 161. 46 p. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34833.74086 <link>

Nero B., Callo-Concha D., Anning A.K. and M. Denich. 2017. Urban Green Spaces Enhance Climate Change Mitigation in Cities of the Global South: The Case of Kumasi, Ghana. Procedia Engineering 198, 69-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.07.074 <link>

Nero B., Campion B., Agbo N., Callo-Concha D. and M. Denich. 2017. Tree and Trait Diversity, Species Coexistence, and Diversity-functional Relations of Green Spaces in Kumasi, Ghana. Procedia Engineering 198, 99-115. DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.07.164 <link>

Callo-Concha, D., Denich, M., Ul Hassan, M.M., Place F., and Wardell D.A. 2017. Lessons for research, capacity development and policy in agroforestry for development. Agroforestry Systems, 91(5), pp. 795–798.  DOI:10.1007/s10457-017-0085-6 <link>

Callo-Concha D., Denich M., Lamers J.P.A., Schwachula A., Hornidge A.-K., Khamzina A. and C. Borgemeister. 2016. Bridging science and development: lessons learnt from two decades of development research. Agroforestry Systems 91(5), pp. 799–810, DOI: 10.1007/s10457-016-0008-y <link>

Wiersberg T., Callo-Concha D., F. Ewert. 2016. Pitfall or Priority Drift? Participatory Tree Domestication Programs: The Case of Agroforestry in the Peruvian Amazon. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 35(7), pp. 486–499. DOI: 10.1080/10549811.2016.1213641 <link>

Callo-Concha, D.  2016.  West African farmers’ climate change adaptation: from technological change towards transforming institutions.  In: Leal Filho, W., Adamson K., Dunk, R. Azeitero, U. Illingstworth, S. and Alves F. (eds.): Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Cities and Communities. Springer, Berlin.  253-265. 

Callo-Concha D. and M. Denich. 2014. A participatory framework to assess multifunctional land-use systems with multicriteria and multivariate analyses: A case study on agrobiodiversity of agroforestry systems in Tomé Açú, Brazil. Change Adaptation Socioecol. Syst., 1(1): 40-50. <link

Callo-Concha, D. and F. Ewert. 2014. Using the concepts of resilience, vulnerability and adaptability for the assessment and analysis of agricultural systems. Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems. Vol 1. pp. 1-11. <link>

Callo-Concha D. 2014. Approaches to managing disturbance and change: Resilience, vulnerability and adaptability. ZEF Working Paper Series 133. 33 p. <link>

Callo-Concha D., Sommer, J.H., Kleemann J., Gatzweiler F. and M. Denich. 2014. Marginality from a socioecological perspective. In von Braun J. and F. Gatzweiler (Eds.). Marginality: Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology. Springer, pp. 57-65. <link>

Callo-Concha D., Gaiser T., Webber, H., Tischbein B., Müller M. and F. Ewert. 2013. Farming in the West African Sudan Savanna: Insights in the context of climate change.  African Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol.8 (38), pp. 4693-4705. <link>

 Callo-Concha. 2013. Prácticas agroforestales y especies de uso múltiple para la rehabilitación y conservación de suelos volcánicos en López Mateos, Tlaxcala: percepción de los agricultores. Sociedades Rurales, Producción y Medio Ambiente. Vol. 13, N° 26, pp. 120-134. <link>

Callo-Concha D., Gaiser T. and F. Ewert. 2012. Farming and cropping systems in the West African Sudanian Savanna WASCAL research area: Northern Ghana, Southwest Burkina Faso and Northern Benin. ZEF Working Paper Series 100. 35 p. <link>

Callo-Concha D. and M. Denich. 2010. Operationalizing environmental services of agroforestry systems: Functional biodiversity assessment in Tomé-Açú, Pará, Brazil. In Montagnini F. (ed.) Agroforestry as a Tool for Landscape Restoration: challenges and opportunities for success. Nova Science Publishers, New York. pp. 143-156. <link>

Presentations (selected)

Introduction to complex systems analysis. Massive online course: How diversity regulates soil health, livelihood security, social cohesion and regional climate change. Soil Biodiversity Governing Tipping Points in the Amazon (PRODIGY) project team. January 28, 2021. Germany and Latin America.

Challenges of Participatory Tree Domestication Programs: Lessons from the Peruvian Amazon case. 4rth World Congress on Agroforestry. May 20-22, 2019. Montpellier, France.

Operationalizing systems thinking in research for development: the path of the Center for Development Research (ZEF). Leverage Points 2019: International conference on sustainability, research and transformation. Leuphana University.February 06-08, 2019. Lüneburg, Germany.

Farmer climate change adaptation in the West African Sudan Savannah: reality check and feasible approaches. World Conference on Climate Change. Climate Change Conference Series. October 24-26, 2016. Valencia, Spain

Is it as everyone says? Misconceptions on farming climate change adaptation in the West African Sudan Savannah. Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 (CCA2016). Unique Conferences Canada. 15-16 October, 2016. Toronto, Canada.

Local Alternatives to Local Problems: Agroforestry Systems’ Byproducts Contribution to Communities’ Food and Nutrition Security in Southwestern Ethiopia. Sixth International Conference on Food Studies 'Food Systems in an Age of the Anthropocene: Addressing Demands for Change' University of California at Berkeley. Food Studies at Common Ground Publishing.  12-13 October 2016. Berkeley, USA.

A participatory framework to assess multifunctional agriculture: case study agrobiodiversity in agroforestry systems of Tome Acu in northern Brazil. 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology – 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB-ECCB 2015). Society for Conservation Biology. August 2-6, 2015. Montpellier, France.

West African farmers’ climate change adaptation: from technological change towards transforming institutions. World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA- 2015). International Climate Change Information Programme, University of Manchester. September 2-4, 2015. Manchester, UK. 

Climate change adaptation strategies of West African Sudan Savannah farmers: from causal responses to the increase of socio-ecological resilience. 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development. Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). November 4-6, 2014. Washington D.C., US.

Cambio climático, concepción y desarrollo de enfoques glocales: de la Sabana Africana a los Andes Americanos. Opening speaker. Congreso Internacional Cambio Climático y Biodeterioro en el Patrimonio Pétreo de Machupicchu. Ministerio de Cultura del Perú. May 14-18, 2012. Cusco, Peru.

Resilience/vulnerability & adaptability (RVA) a joint approach for handling complex phenomena in agricultural land-use systems. Joint Seminar on topics in tropical and subtropical agriculture and forestry and on development and decent work. Geurg-August-Universität Göttingen and Universität Kassel. December 8, 2010. Witzenhausen, Germany.

Environmental Services by Agroforestry Systems: How to Operationalize It? Functional biodiversity in Tomé-Açú, Northern Brazil. II World Congress of Agroforestry. World Agroforestry Center and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). August 23-28, 2009. Nairobi, Kenya.

An approach to Environmental Services Assessment: Functional Biodiversity in Tropical Agroforestry Systems (The case of Tomé-Açú, Northern Brazil). World Biodiversity Congress. Century Foundation. March 10-14, 2009. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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