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Thomas Bernet
(Agricultural Economist, phD)

Department of International Cooperation
Group lead Market Development
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Phone +41 (0)62 865-1710
Mobile +41 (0)76 344-5035
Fax +41 (0)62 865-7273

Bernet Thomas

Activity areas

  • Group lead Market Development
  • Market and method development for rural development
  • Marketing concept development
  • Development, backstopping and facilitation of participatory R&D methods and processes
  • Project management and project evaluations
  • Nutrition sensitive agriculture

Training / professional career

  • Since 2009 coordinator of market-oriented R&D activities and project manager of the International Cooperation Divison at FiBL Frick
  • 2006 - 2009 trainer and backstopper of market- and market chain development activities in different countries as an independent international consultant
  • 2005 technical coordinator of a DFID market chain development project
  • 2001 - 2005 subproject leader for potato postharvest activities at the International Potato Center (CIP); responsible for method development to enhance market linkages of small-scale farmers
  • 1997 - 2001 associate expert of SDC and PhD Candidate in farming systems and policy research on Peruvian`s dairy sector at the International Potato Center (CIP)


Publications in the Organic Eprints archive

Publications that are not in the Organic Eprints archive

  • Hermann M. and Bernet T. 2009. The transition of maca from neglect to market prominence: Lessons for improving use strategies and market chains of minor crops. Agricultural Biodiversity and Livelihoods Discussion Papers 1. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy. (available under www.bioversityinternational.org)
  • Devaux A., Horton D., Velasco C., Thiele G., López G., Bernet T., Reinoso I., Ordinola M. Collective action for market chain innovation in the Andes. Food Policy 34 (2009) 31–38.
  • Bernet T., Devaux A., Thiele G., López G., Velasco C., Manrique K., Ordinola M. 2008. The Participatory Market Chain Approach: Stimulating pro-poor market-chain innovation. ILAC Brief No 21, Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative.
  • Bernet T., Devaux A., Ortiz O. and Thiele G. Participatory Market Chain Approach. In: UPWARD. 2005. Participatory Research and Development for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management: A Sourcebook. Los Baños, Philippines.
  • Bernet T., Devaux A., Ortiz O. and Thiele G. 2005. Participatory Market Chain Approach.  In: BeratinerInnen News 1/2005. LBL. Lindau Switzerland.
  • Butler G., Bernet T., and Manrique K. 2004. Mechanization of Potato Grading on Small-Scale Farms: A Case Study from Peru. Experimental Agriculture Vol. 41, 1-12.
  • Bernet T. and Amoros W. 2004. Comercializando la biodiversidad. LEISA Revista de Agroecología, Vol.20, No 3, 8-9.
  • Bernet T. and Amoros W. 2004. Marketing Biodiversity. LEISA Magazine Vol.20, Issue 3, 18-19.
  • Bernet T., Hibon A., Bonierbale M., and Hermann M. 2004. Market Approach to Conserving Agrobiodiversity. In: BeratinerInnen News 2/2004. LBL. Lindau Switzerland.
  • Bernet T., Hibon A., Bonierbale M., and Hermann M. Market Approach to Conserving Agrobiodiversity. In: UPWARD. 2003. Conservation and Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity: A Sourcebook. User's Perspectives with Agricultural Research and Development. Los Baños, Philippines.
  • Bernet T., Hervé D., Lehmann B., and Walker T. 2002. Improving land use of slope farmers in the Andes: An economic assessment of establishing small-scale sprinkler irrigation to shift toward milk production. Mountain Research and Development 22(4), 375-382.
  • Bernet T., Lara M., Urday P., Devaux A. 2002. El reto de vincular a los pequeños productores de papa con la Agroindustria. Revista Latinoamericana de la Papa (ALAP). Vol 13. pag.1-23.
  • Bernet T., Staal St., and Walker T. S. 2001. Changing Milk Production Trends in Peru. Small-Scale Highland Farming Versus coastal Agro-business. Mountain Research and Development 21(3), 268-275.
  • Bernet T., Pradel W. and Walker T. 2001. The Importance of Farmers’ Income Security for Enhancing Regional Development: Evidence from Southern Peru. Livestock Research for Rural Development 13(3).
  • Bernet T., Ortiz O., Estrada R. D., Quiroz R., and Swinton S. M. 2001. Tailoring Agricultural Extension to Different Production Contexts: A User-friendly Farm-Household Model to Improve Decision-making for Participatory Research. Agricultural Systems 69, 183-198.
  • Bernet T., Julca J., Saenz J., and Prain G. 2000. Peri-urban milk production in Lima, Peru: Assessing farmers’ decision-making within a changing market. Livestock Research for Rural Development 12(4).
  • Bernet T. and León-Velarde C. 2000. Income effects of fodder and herd management on small-scale milk producers in the northern Peruvian Andes. Livestock Research for Rural Development 12(3).
  • Bernet T., Lehmann B., Stucki E. W. 1998. Strategische Erfolgspositionen von Regionen: Die Förderung der wirtschaftlichenEntwicklung ländlicher Regionen durch politische Massnahmen. BWA Schriftenreihe Beiträge zur Regional- und Raumordnungspolitik Nr. 5. Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, Bern, Schweiz.