Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Social-ecological resilience
  • Food Sustainability
  • Agroecology and organic agriculture
  • Agroforestry
  • Political ecology


  • Improving rural livelihoods through promoting high-quality coffee and coffee cherry products in the origin countries Colombia and Bolivia
  • Proyecto de Investigación Aplicada en Adaptación al Cambio Climático
  • Towards food sustainability: reshaping the coexistence of different food systems in South America and Africa

Further professional interests

  • Knowledge co-production and Diálogo de Saberes
  • Transdisciplinary action research
  • Sustainable management of common pool resources
  • Bio-cultural diversity and endogenous development

Field experience

Bolivia, Kenya, India, Colombia, Peru, Ghana, Iceland


German, Spanish, English

Journal Article

Mutea, Emily; Rist, Stephan; Jacobi, Johanna (2020). Applying the Theory of Access to Food Security among Smallholder Family Farmers around North-West Mount Kenya. Sustainability, 12(5), p. 1751. MDPI 10.3390/su12051751

Jacobi, J; Llanque, A.; Bieri, S; Birachi, E.; Cochard, R.; Chauvin, N. Depetris; Diebold, C; Eschen, R.; Frossard, E.; Guillaume, T.; Jaquet, S; Kämpfen, F.; Kenis, M.; Kiba, D.I.; Komarudin, H.; Madrazo, J.; Manoli, G.; Mukhovi, S.M.; Nguyen, V.T.H.; Pomalègni, C.; ... (2020). Utilization of research knowledge in sustainable development pathways: Insights from a transdisciplinary research-for-development programme. Environmental science & policy, 103, pp. 21-29. Elsevier 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.003

Mukhovi, Stellah Mikalitsa; Jacobi, Johanna; Llanque, Aymara; Rist, Stephan; Delgado, Freddy; Kiteme, Boniface; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe (2020). Social Self-Organization and Social-Ecological Resilience in Food Systems: Lessons from Smallholder Agriculture in Kenya and Indigenous Guaraní Communities in Bolivia. Food studies, 10(1), pp. 19-42. Common Ground Research Networks 10.18848/2160-1933/CGP/v10i01/19-42

Mutea, Emily Ngutah; Bottazzi, Patrick; Jacobi, Johanna; Kiteme, Boniface; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Rist, Stephan (2019). Livelihoods and Food Security Among Rural Households in the North-Western Mount Kenya Region. Frontiers in sustainable food systems, 3 Frontiers 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00098

Jacobi, Johanna; Wambugu, Grace; Ngutu, Mariah; Augstburger, Horacio Florian; Mwangi, Veronica; Zonta, Aymara Llanque; Otieno, Stephen; Kiteme, Boniface P.; Burgoa, José M. F. Delgado; Rist, Stephan (2019). Mapping Food Systems: A Participatory Research Tool Tested in Kenya and Bolivia. Mountain Research and Development, 39(1), R1-R11. International Mountain Society 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-18-00024.1

Jacobi, Johanna; Mukhovi, Stellah; Llanque, Aymara; Toledo, Daniela; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Käser, Fabian David; Augstburger, Horacio Florian; Delgado, José Manuel Freddy; Kiteme, Boniface P.; Rist, Stephan (2019). Actor-specific risk perceptions and strategies for resilience building in different food systems in Kenya and Bolivia. Regional environmental change, 19(3), pp. 879-892. Springer 10.1007/s10113-018-1448-x

Jacobi, Johanna; Mukhovi, Stellah; Llanque, Aymara; Augstburger, Horacio Florian; Käser, Fabian David; Pozo, Claudia; Ngutu Peter, Mariah; Delgado, José Manuel Freddy; Kiteme, Boniface P.; Rist, Stephan; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe (2018). Operationalizing food system resilience: An indicator-based assessment in agroindustrial, smallholder farming, and agroecological contexts in Bolivia and Kenya. Land use policy, 79, pp. 433-446. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.08.044

Tribaldos, Theresa Margarete; Jacobi, Johanna; Rist, Stephan (2018). Linking sustainable diets to the concept of food system sustainability. Future of food : journal on food, agriculture and society, 6(1), pp. 71-84. University of Kassel

Jacobi, Johanna; Llanque, Aymara (2018). “When We Stand Up, They Have to Negotiate with Us”: Power Relations in and between an Agroindustrial and an Indigenous Food System in Bolivia. Sustainability, 10(11), p. 4001. MDPI 10.3390/su10114001

Augstburger, Horacio Florian; Jacobi, Johanna; Schwilch, Gudrun; Rist, Stephan (2018). Agroecosystem Service Capacity Index – A methodological approach. Landscape online, 64, pp. 1-48. International Association for Landscape Ecology 10.3097/LO.201864

Bürgi Bonanomi, Elisabeth; Jacobi, Johanna; Scharrer, Bettina (2018). Food Sustainability in Bolivia Through Fair Food in Switzerland? How to Improve Food Sustainability in Both the North and the South Through Sustainable Trade Relations. Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Comercial Internacional, 6(2), pp. 27-65. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Bürgi Bonanomi, Elisabeth; Jacobi, Johanna; Scharrer, Bettina (2018). Sostenibilidad Alimentaria en Bolicia a traves de justicia alimentaria en Suiza? Como mejorar la sostenibilidad en paises del `norte´y del `sur´a traves de las relaciones comerciales. Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Comercial Internacional, 6(2), pp. 66-106. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Jacobi, Johanna; Rist, Stephan; Altieri, Miguel A (2017). Incentives and disincentives for diversified agroforestry systems from different actors' perspectives in Bolivia. International journal of agricultural sustainability, 15(4), pp. 365-379. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/14735903.2017.1332140

Jacobi, Johanna; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Gambon, Helen Anna; Rist, Stephan; Altieri, Miguel (2017). Whose knowledge, whose development? Use and role of local and external knowledge in agroforestry projects in Bolivia. Environmental management, 59(3), pp. 464-476. Springer 10.1007/s00267-016-0805-0

Jacobi, Johanna (2016). Agroforestry in Bolivia: Opportunities and challenges in the context of food security and food sovereignty. Environmental Conservation, 43(04), pp. 307-316. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0376892916000138

Jacobi, Johanna; Mathez Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Gambon, Helen Anna (2016). ¿Locales, externos o integrados? El rol de los diferentes tipos de conocimientos en la agroforestería boliviana. Leisa - revista de agroecología, 32(1), pp. 17-19. ETC Andes

Catacora-Vargas, Georgina; Llanque Zonta, Aymara; Jacobi, Johanna; Delgado Burgoa, Freddy (2016). Food sovereignty: reflections from different food systems in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Revista NERA, 19(32), pp. 170-194. Universidade Estadual Paulista

Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, Monika; Bottazzi, Patrick; Pillco, Maria; Calizaya, Patricia; Rist, Stephan (2015). Agroecosystem resilience and farmers’ perceptions of climate change impacts on cocoa farms in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Renewable agriculture and food systems, 30(2), pp. 170-183. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S174217051300029X

Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, Monika; Pillco Mariscal, Maria; Huber, Stephanie; Weidmann, Simon; Bottazzi, Patrick; Rist, Stephan (2015). Farm resilience in organic and nonorganic cocoa farming systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 39(7), pp. 798-823. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/21683565.2015.1039158

Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, Monika; Pillco Mariscal, María Isabel; Huber, Stephanie; Rist, Stephan (2014). La contribución de la producción del cacao orgánico a la resiliencia socio-ecológica en el contexto del cambio climático en el Alto Beni – La Paz. Acta Nova: Revista de Ciencias y Tecnología, 6(4), pp. 351-383. Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo

Jacobi, Johanna; Andres, Christian; Schneider, Monika; Pillco, Maria; Calizaya, Patricia; Rist, Stephan (2014). Carbon stocks, tree diversity, and the role of organic certification in different cocoa production systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Agroforestry systems, 88(6), pp. 1117-1132. Springer 10.1007/s10457-013-9643-8

Bottazzi, Patrick; Reyes-García, Victoria; Crespo, David; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Galvarro, Harry Soria; Jacobi, Johanna; Clavijo, Marcelo; Rist, Stephan (2014). Productive Diversification and Sustainable Use of Complex Social-Ecological Systems: A Comparative Study of Indigenous and Settler Communities in the Bolivian Amazon. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 38(2), pp. 137-164. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/21683565.2013.841606

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Marti, Leonie; Jacobi, Johanna (2019). Die Gemüsegärtnerinnen von Sucre. UniPress - Forschung und Wissenschaft an der Universität Bern, 176, pp. 28-30. Abteilung Kommunikation, Universität Bern

Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, Monika; Rist, Stephan (2014). Agroforstwirtschaft als ökologisch, ökonomisch und sozial nachhaltige Landnutzungsform: Fallbeispiel Kakaoanbau in Bolivien. Elemente der Naturwissenschaft, 100, pp. 4-25.

Jacobi, Johanna; Drescher, Axel W.; Amerasinghe, Priyanie H.; Weckenbrock, Philipp (2009). Agricultural biodiversity strengthening livelihoods in periurban Hyderabad, India. Urban agriculture magazine, 22, pp. 45-47. RUAF Foundation

Book Section

Jacobi, Johanna; Bottazzi, Patrick; Pillco, Maria Isabel; Schneider, Monika; Rist, Stephan (2017). Building Farm Resilience in a Changing Climate: Challenges, Potentials, and Ways Forward for Smallholder Cocoa Production in Bolivia. In: Sudmeier-Rieux, Karen; Fernández, Manuela; Penna, Ivanna M.; Jaboyedoff, Michel; Gaillard, JC (eds.) Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Shaping Debates and Policies (pp. 231-247). Cham: Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-319-33880-4_14

Escalera, J. Carlos; Jacobi, Johanna (2017). Creando resiliencia socio-ecológica: Dos ejemplos desde Bolivia. In: Nicholls, Clara I.; Altieri, Miguel A. (eds.) Nuevos caminos para reforzar la resiliencia agroecológica al cambio climático (pp. 86-93). Berkeley, California: REDAGRES/SOCLA

Andres, Christian; Comoé, Hermann; Beerli, Anna; Schneider, Monika; Rist, Stephan; Jacobi, Johanna (2016). Cocoa in monoculture and dynamic agroforestry. In: Lichtfouse, Eric (ed.) Sustainable agriculture reviews. Sustainable agriculture reviews: Vol. 19 (pp. 121-153). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International

Delgado, Freddy; Rist, Stephan; Jacobi, Johanna; Delgado, Mayra (2016). Desde nuestras ciencias al diálogo intercientífico para la sustentabilidad alimentaria y el desarrollo sustentable. In: Delgado, Freddy; Rist, Stephan (eds.) Ciencias, diálogo de saberes y transdisciplinariedad. Aportes teórico metodológicos para la sustentabilidad alimentaria y del desarrollo (pp. 333-365). La Paz, Bolivia: AGRUCO-UMSS-CDE

Jacobi, Johanna; Zanella, Matheus Alves; Pillco Mariscal, Maria Isabel; Lucana, Augustin Choque; Rist, Stephan (2015). Alternatives for the sustainable development of Alto Beni, Bolivia. In: Zanella, Matheus Alves; Rosendahl, Judith; Weigelt, Jes (eds.) Pro-poor resource governance under changing climates (pp. 71-85). Potsdam, Germany: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)


Rist, Stephan; Bürgi Bonanomi, Elisabeth; Giger, Markus; Hett, Cornelia; Scharrer, Bettina; Jacobi, Johanna; Lannen, Anu (2020). Variety is the source of life: Agrobiodiversity benefits, challenges, and needs (Swiss Academies Factsheets 15 (1)). Bern: Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) 10.5281/zenodo.3568133

Ottiger, Fabian; Kiteme, Boniface; Jacobi, Johanna (2019). Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) in Agro-industrial and Smallholder Farming Systems in Kenya (CDE Policy Brief). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

Jacobi, Johanna; Ottiger, Fabian; Kiteme, Boniface P.; Delgado Burgoa, José Manuel Freddy; Winkler, Mirko S. (2019). Making food systems safer: Time to curb use of highly hazardous pesticides (CDE Policy Brief 15). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

Rist, Stephan; Jacobi, Johanna (2013). Resiliencia socio-ecológica y adaptación al cambio climático - Perspectivas de alineamiento de políticas entre Bolivia y Suiza Bern, Switzerland: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Conference or Workshop Item

Jacobi, Johanna (2019). Hacia la sustentabilidad alimentaria en Sud América y Africa (Unpublished). In: VI Congreos Latinoamericano de Etnobiologia. Sucre, Bolivia. 25-27 September 2019.

Jacobi, Johanna; Llanque, Aymara (2019). Analizando relaciones de poder en y entre sistemas alimentarios: Conceptos y metodos aplicados en el Chaco de Bolivia (Unpublished). In: Congreso Chileno de Agroecologia. Pucon, Chile. 17-18 October 2019.

Jacobi, Johanna; Llanque, Aymara (2019). Transformaciones de Sistemas Alimentarios: Metodologia para la Evaluacion Participativa y Puntos de Palanca (Unpublished). In: Congreso Chileno de Agroecologia. Pucon, Chile. 17-18 October 2019.

Jacobi, Johanna (2019). Acción Colectiva para la Transformación de los Sistemas Alimentarios (Unpublished). In: Forum Origin, Diversity and Territories, Agroecology: Multiple Transitions of Territories. Lausanne, Switzerland. 04-06 December 2019.

Jacobi, Johanna; Stadler-Kaulich, Noemi; Wiese, Katja (2018). Dynamic Agroforestry (Unpublished). In: II FAO Agroecology Forum. Rome, Italy. 03 - 05 April 2018.

Jacobi, Johanna; Mukhovi, Stella; Delgado, Freddy; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Rist, Stephan (2018). Resiliencia en dos sistemas alimentarios agroindustriales en Kenia y Bolivia desde la perspectiva de sus actores (Unpublished). In: VII Latinamerican Congress of Agroecology. Guayaquil, Ecuador. 03 - 05 October 2018.

Jacobi, Johanna; Rist, Stephan (2015). Towards food sustainability: reshaping the coexistence of different food systems in South America and Africa (Unpublished). In: World Food System Conference. Ascona, Switzerland. 21.-26.6.2015.

Jacobi, Johanna; Rist, Stephan; Altieri, M. (2015). Combining indigenous and scientific knowledge for resilience building: Learning from Bolivian agroforestry initiatives (Unpublished). In: Resilience of Tropical Ecosystems - Future Challenges and Opportunities: Annual Meeting of the Society for Tropical Ecology. Zurich, Switzerland. 07.-10.04.2015.

Jacobi, Johanna; Rist, Stephan; Altieri, M. (2015). Factores socioeconómicos e institucionales influyendo en la adopción de la agroforestería en Bolivia (Unpublished). In: IV Congreso Nacional de Sistemas Agroforestales en Bolivia. Cochabamba, Bolivia. 10.-11.08.2015.

Jacobi, Johanna (2013). Building social-ecological resilience in a changing climate: a comparison of organic and non-organic cocoa farming systems in Bolivia (Unpublished). In: Linking sustainable development, migration, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Lausanne, Switzerland. 02.-04.12.2013.

Jacobi, Johanna; Rist, Stephan; Schneider, M. (2012). Organizational and institutional challenges of organic cocoa cultivation in Bolivia (Unpublished). In: 3rd International Sustainability Conference: Strategies for Sustainability: Institutional and Organizational Challenges. Basel, Switzerland. 29.-31.08.2012.

Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, M. (2012). Carbon stocks, tree diversity and ecological complexity in organic and conventional cocoa cultivation in Bolivia (Unpublished). In: 17. International Cocoa Research Conference. Yaoundé, Cameroun. 15.-20.10.2012.

Jacobi, Johanna (2012). La fertilidad del suelo en sistemas agroforestales - cromatografía circular como método práctico de análisis integrado de suelos (Unpublished). In: II Congreso Nacional de Agroforestería: Agroforestería como respuesta para mitigar el cambio climático. Cochabamba, Bolivia. 12.-25.08.2011.

Jacobi, Johanna (2012). Farm resilience in different cocoa production systems in the Yungas, Bolivia (Unpublished). In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2012). Bern, Switzerland. 20.-22.08.2012.

Jacobi, Johanna; Rist, Stephan; Limachi, Miguel; Schneider, Monika (2010). Farming Systems and Resilience Building in a Changing Climate On-Farm Comparisons of Organic and Conventional Cocoa Cultivation in Alto Beni, Bolivia. In: Tropentag. Zurich, Switzerland. 14.-16. September 2010.

Working Paper

Rist, Stephan; Jacobi, Johanna (2016). Selection of food systems in Bolivia and Kenya and methods of analysis (Towards Food Sustainability Working Paper 2). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern

Rist, Stephan; Jacobi, Johanna (2016). Contents and indicators of the Food Sustainability Assessment Framework (Food-SAF) (Towards Food Sustainability Working Paper 3). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern


Jacobi, Johanna; Martel, Julio (2019). La situacion de plaguicidas en Bolivia. Interview on Radio Erbol. In: Uscamayta, Fabrizio (ed.), La hora de la naturaleza.

  • Member of the Sociedad Científica Latinoaméricana de Agroecología (SOCLA Bolivia)
  • Schweizer Plattform für nachhaltigen Kakao, Arbeitsgruppe Klimaresilienz und Biodiversität