Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Wirtschaftsgeographie

New DFG project: Apples and flowers

November 2021


Effects of pandemics on the (Re-)Organization of Commodity Chains for Fresh Agricultural Products: In November 2021, the DFG project began to investigate global commodity chains using apples and flowers as an example. The research takes place in cooperation between the Geographical Institute (HU), under the direction of Prof. Dr. Kulke and the sociological faculty of the Technical University, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Baur. In this process, Jakob Engel will concentrate on the investigation of the global commodity chains of flowers from Kenya and the Netherlands for the German market. The consideration is based on the changes that were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the processes of the supply chains. The aim of the study is to find out how the chains are organized before, during and after the pandemic in both countries and how they are compared with one another. The research group at the Technical University focuses on two commodity chains of apples between Chile and Germany and within Germany.