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Stoian, Dietmar

Dietmar Stoian, Programme Leader, Commodity Systems & Genetic Resources Programme, Bioversity International

Senior Scientist, Value Chains and Private Sector Engagement

Dietmar Stoian, a German national, holds the position of Senior Scientist, Value Chains and Private Sector Engagement, working within Bioversity International's Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems Initiative and the Productive and Resilient Farms, Forests and Landscapes Initiative. He joined Bioversity International in 2012 to lead the Commodity Systems and Genetic Resources Programme. 

His focus is investigating opportunities for smallholders in developing countries to reap the benefits of producing, processing and marketing diverse agricultural and tree products. Integrating value chain and livelihood approaches, Dietmar's work identifies opportunities for smallholder households and their business organizations – cooperatives, associations, limited liability enterprises – to enhance livelihood resilience and business viability. Ensuring asset-building at household and enterprise levels, this is achieved by engaging across a portfolio of value chains. This 'multi-chain' approach implies work with multiple value chain actors, such as food processors, wholesalers and retailers, in diverse agricultural and tree crop value chains.

Dietmar's work on private sector engagement focuses on involving large agri-food companies in business models based on environmental and social responsibility, aiming to achieve food and nutrition security among low-income households in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Dietmar's former assignments include the position as Leader of the Competitiveness and Value Chains Programme at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica (2001-2012), the coordination of a CIFOR/BMZ-funded research project in the Bolivian Amazon (1996-2000), and the work as a forestry advisor under the World Bank-funded Community Forestry Development Program in Nepal (1994-1996).



PhD, Forest Economics, University of Freiburg, Germany (2000)

MSc (equivalent), Forest Sciences from the University of Freiburg, Germany (1993)

Recent publication highlights:

Stoian, D., Donovan, J., Elias, M. & Blare, T. 2018. Fit for purpose? A review of guides for gender-equitable value chain development. Development in Practice 28 (4): 494-509.

Orr, A., Donovan, J. & Stoian, D. 2018. Smallholder Value Chains as Complex Adaptive Systems: A Conceptual Framework. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies 8 (1): 14-33.

Donovan, J., Stoian, D. & Poe, K. 2017. Value chain development in Nicaragua: Prevailing approaches and tools used for design and implementation. Enterprise Development and Microfinance 28 (1-2): 10-27.

Kennedy, G., Stoian, D., Hunter, D., Kikulwe, E. & Termote, C. 2017. Food Biodiversity for Healthy, Diverse Diets. In: Bioversity International. Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems: Scientifi­c Foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy, pp. 23-52.

Stoian, D., Donovan, J., Fisk, J. & Muldoon, M. 2016. Value Chain Development for Rural Poverty Reduction: A Reality Check and a Warning. In: Devaux, A., Torero, M., Donovan, J. & Horton, D. (eds). Innovation for Inclusive Value-Chain Development: Successes and Challenges. IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 75-92.