New article published in Refugee Survey Quarterly, July 2017
The more frequent occurrence of natural disasters due to climate change will doubtlessly blow up the number of environmental refugees, not the least in sub-Saharan Africa. Not all of them flee their countries, many being internally displaced. Ideally, abandonment of the homelands is not permanent. In order to improve our understanding of internally displaced environmental refugees and the framing conditions to either return or not, this contribution uses the human security concept of the United Nations to construct a unique micro-level human security index, consisting of seven dimensions. The human security index is employed on a sample of environmental refugees, who became internally displaced in 1986 during the Lake Nyos natural disaster in Cameroon. A number of these households has decided to return, although legally prohibited. The majority is still in the resettlement camps, waiting to return. Binominal logit analysis of actual and potential return behaviour in relation to the human security index revealed, among others that health security is a self-selection variable, increasing the odds of returning. The perception of self-efficacy may be important here. A major incentive for returnee households is the potentially higher economic security due to the meanwhile improved agro-ecological situation in the homelands.
New publication online: The effects of rules on local political decision-making processes: How can rules facilitate participation?
You can access the newly published article "The effects of rules on local political decision-making processes: How can rules facilitate participation?" Theesfeld, I., Dufhues, T. & Buchenrieder, G. Policy Sci (2017); doi:10.1007/s11077-017-9284-2 here.
Ms Maduekwe Ebelechukwu, Nigerian graduate student at WZW/TUM just won a Jeff Schell Fellowship (F-2016-JS-0258) from the Bayer Science & Education Foundation.
Name: Maduekwe Ebelechukwu
PhD project title:
“Women empowerment and economic development in agriculture in Malawi: Examining the economic impact of agricultural development programs with human recognition components”
Bayer Science and Foundation:
Jeff Schell Fellowship (F-2016-JS-0258) for the funding of the empirical work of the research project
WZW Chair hosting the project: Agricultural Production and Food Economics
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gertrud Buchenrieder
Agriculture is the most important sector and the backbone of the Malawian economy. The overwhelming majority of female workforce is employed in agriculture. It is estimated that women produce about 70% of all food produced in Malawi. However, they are severely constrained as they lack access to and have no control over the factors of production such as land or agricultural inputs. In addition, ca. 70% of the farmers in the country cultivate on less than one hectare and are highly vulnerable to food insecurity as a result of resource constraints in combination with frequent droughts.
A study conducted on agricultural development programs in Malawi reveals that the content and implementation of the programs do not sufficiently address the situation of gender inequality and its impact on sustainable agriculture in Malawi. This is because they failed to include specific components that target the core reason for inequality in agriculture and as such facilitate women empowerment. This is very relevant if the aim of the program is to also facilitate sustainable agriculture for Malawian economic development. Given these current problems in Malawi, this research proposal will critically review the contents of women empowerment in agriculture programs in Malawi based on a theoretical utility model of Human recognition and economic development by Castleman. It further attempts to empirically test the costs and benefits of incorporating a human recognition component into the program design on the farm household level. Human recognition explores the level to which individuals’ value, view and treat others and its components in development programs affect program outcomes, development effectiveness and individuals’ wellbeing. Furthermore, analysis will also include the impact on women empowerment on Malawi’s aim to achieve sustainable agriculture and food security given the effects of climate change on the Malawian agricultural sector.
Place: Seminar Room E05A, Alte Akademie 12Date and Time: 28.07.17 / 10:30 amTopic: Surplus Food – Produktion von Abfall oder alternative Nutzung?"in the field of "Agricultural Economics"Advisor: Gertrud...
Place: Seminar Room E05A, Alte Akademie 12Date and Time: 28.03.17 / 9 amTopic: "The perception of environmental risks when natural hazards hit: A theory based empirical analysis of smallholder farmers in Cameroon"in...
New publication online: "The effects of rules on local political decision-making processes: How can rules facilitate participation?"
You can access the newly published article "The effects of rules on local political decision-making processes: How can rules facilitate participation?" Theesfeld, I., Dufhues, T. & Buchenrieder, G. Policy Sci...
Ms Ebelechukwu Obioma Dometilla MaduekwePlace: Seminar Room E05A, Alte Akademie 12Date and Time: 07.12.16 / 4pmTopic: Women Empowerment in Agriculture - Economic Impact of Agricultural Development Programs with Human...
Ms Maduekwe Ebelechukwu, Nigerian graduate student at WZW/TUM just won a Jeff Schell Fellowship (F-2016-JS-0258) from the Bayer Science & Education Foundation
Research financed by the Volkswagen Foundation for a Senior Fellowship Grant (VW Foundation Project no.: 89 866)
“Determinants for household adoption of differentiated risk management mechanisms to natural disasters in developing countries: An experimental analysis of multiple case studies” (September 2015 – August 2018) Dr. Azibo Roland...
24.12.2013 Video Conference: An impression of the 'Sixt International conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains' (GMCC13), held in Lisbon from 12-15 November 2013 on PRICE video channel
> Published / Veröffentlicht : 24.12.2013
26.11.2013 Afrikatag 2013: Oliver Etzel, Technische Universität München, Topic: "ICT in Agriculture - AgriLinux on RISC - A low price workstation for developing countries", Saal O20, Emil-Raman-Str. 6, Freising
Afrikatag 2013 Technische Universität München Nov. 26, 2013 Oliver Etzel, M.Sc.Technische Universität München Topic: 'ICT in Agriculture ...
25.11.2013 Research Article " 'If labels for GM food were present, would consumers trust them?’ Insights from a consumer survey in Uganda " by Enoch Mutebi Kikulwe, José Falck-Zepeda and Justus Wesseler
Research Article ‘If labels for GM food were present, would consumers trust them?’ Insights from a consumer survey in Uganda Enoch Mutebi Kikulwea1, José Falck-Zepedaa2 and Justus Wesselera3 a1 Georg-August-University...
31.10.2013 World Food Prize 2013 - Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley of the United States — will share the 2013 World Food Prize
Dr. Marc Van Montagu, Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton, and Dr. Robert T. Fraley Belgium, united states, united states Three distinguished scientists — Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley of the...
01.07.2013 Master’s Theses - The EU project GRACE will elaborate comprehensive evaluations of evidence related to the socio-economic impacts of genetically modified food, using systematic, transparent and inclusive procedures
Bachelor & Master’s Theses EU project GRACE will elaborate comprehensive evaluations of evidence related to the socio-economic impacts of genetically modified food, using systematic, transparent and inclusive...
05.04.2013 Ankündigung: Veröffentlichung - Thomas Venus, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes und Justus Wesseler 'Ist das Angebot von Nahrungsmitteln „Ohne Gentechnik“ wirtschaftlich nachhaltig?' in Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung 4.2012
Ist das Angebot von Nahrungsmitteln „Ohne Gentechnik“ wirtschaftlich nachhaltig? Von Thomas Venus, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes und Justus Wesseler Thomas Venus, Technische Universität München,E-Mail:...
04.02.2013 New Thesis Opportunities for Bachelor, Master & Phd Students - Chair group „Agricultural and Food Economics“ (Summer Term 2013)
If you are interested, please send an email and a current credit point statement (Leistungspunktekontoauszug) to: Dr. Matthias Blum Weihenstephaner Steig 22 Room 1.06 D-85354 Freising, BayernGermany Phone: +49 8161 71-2773 Fax:...