Deputy Director


Kerstin Martens
Institute of Farm Economics

Bundesallee 63
38116 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 596 5102
Fax: +49 531 596 5199

How is the German horticultural sector doing?


Fruit and vegetable display (c) Thünen-Institut/Thomas Lindemann
Fruit and vegetable display (© Thünen-Institut/Thomas Lindemann)

Analysis of the status quo of German horticulture

How profitable is German horticultural production, what are its production structures, its value chains, its market outlets and who provides advisory services? We want to thoroughly decribe and analyse the current situation.

Background and Objective

The Thünen Institute of Farm Economics coordinated a team of authors who together examined the status quo and the perspectives of horticultural production in Germany. For instance, we contributed works on structural change in the German horticultural sector and the structures of the advisory service.


We have identified the most important experts for the different horticultural topics and convinced them to participate.
Own analyses were based on official statistics such as the “Horticultural Census 2005” and expert interviews.


As editors we discussed and corrected the contributions of the various authors. The study was published in German language as Special Issue 330 (2009) of the vTI-Landbauforschung.



2.2008 - 9.2009

More Information

Projekt type:
Project status: finished

Publications to the project

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  1. Ludwig-Ohm S, Dirksmeyer W (2013) Kooperationen und Wertschöpfungsketten im Gartenbau: Ergebnisse eines Workshops. Thünen Working Paper 6:217-245
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 872 kb
  2. Dirksmeyer W, Kerstjens KH (2009) Ausbildung im Produktionsgartenbau. Landbauforsch SH 330:169-181
    pdf document 123 kb
  3. Dirksmeyer W (2009) Betriebsstrukturen im Produktionsgartenbau. Landbauforsch SH 330:3-42
    pdf document 3109 kb
  4. Dirksmeyer W (2009) Exkurs: Beratungsstrukturen im Produktionsgartenbau. Landbauforsch SH 330:163-167
    pdf document 243 kb