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Dr. agr. Volker Kleinhenz
Agronomist , International Agriculture
Singapore, Singapore
Dr. agr. Volker Kleinhenz is an agronomist and rural-development expert with over 20 years of experience in world agricultural industry. He has been working with farms in Germany, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, India, Maldives, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Australia.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
Volker Kleinhenz is an Agronomist working in the solar-water-pump business of SunEdison based in Singapore. Between March and August 2014 he has worked at John Deere Asia as Agronomist. Before this work, he worked with TH Herbals in Vietnam on establishing large-scale production of medicinal crops. Volker also worked on formulating the Agricultural Policy of Ha Tinh Province in Vietnam, advising on advanced agricultural operations on six organic date palm farms in Saudi Arabia, and helping in the development of a Hydroculture Project on the Maldives. Before these consultancies, Volker was a Technical Advisor for Germany's GIZ and working in Cambodia on improving commercial rice (7,000 ha) and vegetable (2,700 ha) production. During 2009-2010, he was an Agriculture Manager at Jenaan Investment where was in charge of managing agronomic practices for 5,685 ha forage crops including Alfalfa in Egypt. Before this assignment, he worked as the Director of Quality Management at Van Der Hamm, a fruit & vegetable wholesaler in Germany. Earlier, Dr. Kleinhenz was working as a Chief Agronomist for FieldFresh Foods, a vegetable producer and exporter with 2,688 ha in India. Dr. Kleinhenz has over 20 years of experience in world agricultural industry. He has been working with farms in Germany, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, India, Maldives, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Australia.
Technical University Munich, Freising/Germany

1992 - 1997: Ph.D. (Dr. agr.)
- Ph.D. thesis: "Technologies for Sustainable Vegetable Production in the Tropical Lowlands"

1986 - 1992: M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing. agr. univ.)
- M.Sc. thesis: "Intercropping with legumes in the tropics"
- Studies of "Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences"
Affiliations and Achievements:
2011-2012: "Tonle Sap Lowlands Rural Development Project"
2001-2004: "Protected Cultivation in the Humid Tropics"
2000-2001: "Field Operations for Economic Year-round Vegetable Production"
1998-2000: "Improved Management Practices for Culinary Bamboo Shoots"
1997-2000: "Production and Post-harvest Systems for the Chinese Waterchestnut Industry"
1997-1998: "Culinary Bamboo Shoots in Australia"
1992-1995: "Integrated Vegetable Production in Paddy Rice Fields"

2001: "Optimized field operations for economic year-round vegetable production" (€25,000 p.a.), Council of Agriculture/Taiwan
2000: "Improving and maintaining productivity of bamboo for quality timber and shoots in Australia and the Philippines" (€380,000), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research/Australia
1992: "Integrated Vegetable Production in Paddy Rice Fields" (€80,000), German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development/Germany

- 49 contributions to international peer-reviewed journals, magazines, book chapters, books and other publications incl.:

- KLEINHENZ, V., CHEA, S., HUN, N., 2013: Survey of rice cropping systems in Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia. Rice Science, 20(2), 154-164.
- KLEINHENZ, V., MIDMORE, D. J., 2001: Aspects of Bamboo Agronomy. In: D. L. SPARKS (Ed.): Advances in Agronomy, Vol. 74, 99-153. Academic Press, New York, USA.
- KLEINHENZ, V., ELSMORE, S., HARROWER, K., LYALL, T., GOSBEE, M., BLACKBURN, K., MIDMORE, D. J., 2000: Storage methods for extending shelf life of fresh, edible bamboo shoots [Bambusa oldhamii (Munro)]. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 19, 253-264.
- KLEINHENZ, V., SCHNITZLER, W. H., MIDMORE, D. J., 1997: Effects of legume live mulch on crop performance, soil available nitrogen, and crop-N status in intensive tropical vegetable production. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, 14, 261-278.
- KLEINHENZ, V., KATROSCHAN, K., SCHÜTT, F., STÜTZEL, H., 2006: Biomass accumulation and partitioning of tomato under protected cultivation in the humid tropics. European Journal of Horticultural Science, 71, 173-182.
- KLEINHENZ, V., MILNE, J., WALSH, K. B., MIDMORE, D.J., 2003: A case study on the effects of irrigation and fertilization on soil water and soil nutrient status, and on growth and yield of bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) shoots. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan, 2, 281-294.
- LI, M., KLEINHENZ, V., LYALL, T., MIDMORE, D. J., 2000: Response of Chinese waterchestnut (Eleocharis dulcis (Burm. F.) Hensch) to photoperiod. Journal of Horticultural Sciences & Biotechnology, 75, 72-78.

- African Journal of Agricultural Research
- Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
- Biological Agriculture and Horticulture
- Horticultural Science
- International Agricultural Engineering Journal
- Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development
- Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics
- Journal of Soil and Water Conversation
- Scientia Horticulturae

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, German
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