Institute of Social Anthropology

Institute of Social Anthropology

Sinergia Projekt: Foodways in West Africa: An integrated approach on pots, animals and plants

Based on a multi and interdisciplinary approach (Archeology and Anthropology), the SNSF Sinergia project targets the reconstruction of the history of agricultural practices and foodways over two millennia in mostly dryland areas in West Africa, with a special focus on Senegal in order to assess the impact of global changes on the diversity and resilience for food and nutrition.


Prof. Dr. Anne Mayor, Coordinating Principal Investigator (Lead),  Department of Genetics and Evolution, Anthropology Unit, Laboratory, University of Geneva, 

Prof. Dr, Marine Regert, CNRS, UMR 7264, CEPAM (Cultures et Environnements - Prehistoire,Antiquite ,Moyen  Äge), Université Cöte d'Azur, France

Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, in collaboration with:

PD. Dr. Sonja Merten and Babatunde Olunwo (Swiss TPH)

Research team at Institute of Social Anthropology: Dr. Désirée Gmür (Post Doc) and MA Selina Felber (PhD candidate)