Hans Ruthenberg - The Person and Scientist
Presentation of Werner Doppler during the World Food Day Colloquium
1954-1956 Assistent to the Director of the agricultural devision in the Thomasphosphatfabrik Düsseldorf
1956-1957 Studies at Iowa State University, USA, with studies in Japan, Birma and India
1957-1959 Research Assistent at DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft) Frankfurt
1959-1964 Research Assistent TU Berlin, Prof. Wilbrandt and research project „Agricultural Development in Tanganyika“in East Africa with IfO
1964-1965 In Kenya, further IfO research project on „Small Farmer Development Policy in Kenya“
1965-1966 Göttingen University, Prof. Woermann, Habilitation in „Agricultural Economics“
Hans Ruthenberg – Hohenheim University (1966-1980)
„Development Policy“, „Project Evaluation“, Farming Systems in the Tropics“
- Publishing principle books (1966-1973)
„African Agricultural Production Development Policy in Kenya”, Smallholder Farming and
Smallholder Development in Tanzania” and “Farming Systems in the Tropics”
- From 1977 to 1979 member of a Harvard University team as advisor to the Minister of Agriculture in Nairobi, Kenya
- In 1980 selected as member of the Board of CGAIR from 1981 onward
Hans Ruthenberg – Achievements
Introducing quantitative economic methods in project evaluation through publishing and comprehensive
training programs for experts of GTZ , KfW and others
2 International fighting for first priotities for smallholder in development research and policy
To move from large scale, colonial based farm production to local people‘s smallholder family farming
He suggested a descriptive type of research based on comparative and historical system analyes to better understand development processes.
With this he combined natural science, economic and social views in a spacial context incorparating sustainability
3 The role of policy decision making in research and strategies for development
Hans Ruthenberg – The character
- Religous person who liked philosophical dispute. He waslooking for the sence behind things
- Most direct and outspoken
in its most direct way and did not count much on ways and means of diplomatic strategies.
Much welcomed in scientific discussions, but created trouble in meetings like those of the Faculty Board
- Liberal and disciplined. When he offered opportunities to a person he expected full engagement and responsiblity from them
- Success today is not enough for the future.
He considered his book Farming Systems in the Tropics as very much needed for a basic understanding, but made clear the future need for
incorporating quantitative modelling for meassuring the future impact of strategies on rural families in developing countries.