New article published in Refugee Survey Quarterly, July 2017
"Human Security and the Relocation of Internally Displaced Environmental Refugees in Cameroon"
Gertrud Buchenrieder, Christina Mack, Azibo Roland Balgah
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.
New Article in European Review of Economic History (2014) : Baten, J.; Blum, M. Title: Why are you tall while others are short? Agricultural production and other proximate determinants of global heights
NEW Article: "The Cost of Delaying Approval of Golden Rice." by Justus Wesseler, Scott Kaplan, and David Zilberman from ARE Update, Vol. 17, No. 3, Jan/Feb, 2014
NEW Article: Title: "The Cost of Delaying Approval of Golden Rice." Justus Wesseler, Scott Kaplan, and David Zilberman. from ARE Update, Vol. 17, No. 3, Jan/Feb, 2014 Abstract: More than 250,000 children go...
Blum, M., Colvin, C., McAtackney, L. and McLaughlin - Arbeitspapier: Can women count? Gender and numeracy in nineteenth-century Ireland
The frequency at which age data heap at round ages can be used to infer people’s ability to count. Földvári, Van Leeuwen and Van Leeuwen-Li (FVV) contend that gender specific trends in numeracy derived from age heaping in census...
New Publication: The economic power of the Golden Rice opposition . Environment and Development Economics by Justus Wesseler & David Zilberman
The economic power of the Golden Rice Opposition JUSTUS WESSELER Technische Universit¨at M¨unchen, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Weihenstephaner Steig 22, 85354, Freising, Germany. Tel: +49 8161...
Golden Rice - Forschungsergebnisse: Justus Wesseler hat die ökonomische Macht der Golden-Reis-Opposition in Indien erforscht (FAZ Bericht)
New publication: The Current Status of the Debate on Socio-Economic Regulatory Assessments: Positions and Policies in Canada, the US, the EU and Developing Countries Order a copy of this article by Stuart Smyth, Jose Falck-Zepeda, Justus Wesseler
Title: The Current Status of the Debate on Socio-Economic Regulatory Assessments: Positions and Policies in Canada, the US, the EU and Developing Countries In: World Review of Science, Technology and Sust. Development, Vol....
Publication: Matthias Blum: "War, food rationing, and socioeconomic inequality in Germany during the First World War" in The Economic History Review, Economic History Society, Volume 66, Issue 4 Pages 953 - 1229, November 2013
Please take a look on: The Economic History Review © Economic History Society Volume 66, Issue 4 Pages 953 - 1229, November 2013 War, food rationing, and socioeconomic inequality in Germany during the First World War...
07.06.2012 Artikel: David Zilberman, "Why labeling of GMOs is actually bad for people and the environment "
Professor of agriculture and resource economics, Berkeley, USA
Jahresbericht des Hans Eisenmann-Zentrums Die Jahresberichte des Hans Eisenmann-Zentrums dokumentieren das Spektrum und die Intensität der universitären agrarwissenschaftlichen Forschung der Mitglieder...
Der gesamte Jahresbericht 2011 des Lehrstuhls Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft ist folgendem PDF zu entnehmen.
20.04.2012 New Thesis Opportunities for Bachelor, Master & Phd Students - Chair group „Agricultural and Food Economics“ (Summer Term 2012)
Topics: 1.) Sustainable economic development in Germany in historical perspective (in English or German). 2.) A déjà-vu for Germany as a center for research and innovation: German and EU biotech policies and the dismissal...
14.03.2012 Das KAITEKI Institute in Tokyo, Japan, hat Prof. Dr. Justus Wesseler in den wissenschaftlichen Beirat berufen.
Das KAITEKI Institute in Tokyo, Japan, hat Prof. Dr. Justus Wesseler in den wissenschaftlichen Beirat berufen. Das KAITEKI Institut, Inc. ist ein internationales Forschungsinstitut welches sich mit den globalen...
15.02.2012 Am Institut für Landwirtschaftliche Betriebslehre der Universität Hohenheim, Fachgebiet Produk-tionstheorie und Ressourcenökonomik im Agrarbereich (410A), ist baldmöglichst eine Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterstelle zu besetzen
Am Institut für Landwirtschaftliche Betriebslehre der Universität Hohenheim, Fachgebiet Produk-tionstheorie und Ressourcenökonomik im Agrarbereich (410A), ist baldmöglichst eineWissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterstellein der...
20.12.2011 Thesis Opportunities for Bachelor, Master & Phd Students - Chair group „Agricultural and Food Economics“ - please contact us
Climate change, declining harvests and the well-being of Europeans during the Little Ice Age (in English or German) (Research project, B.Sc. or M.Sc. thesis) History provides us with a unique natural climate experiment: during...