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 Publication: Prof. Justus Wesseler, Benefits, Costs, and Consumer Perceptions of the Potential Introduction of a Fungus-Resistant Banana in Uganda and Policy Implications, by Enoch M. Kikulwe, Ekin Birol, Justus Wesseler, and José Falck-Zepeda Chapter
New Publication: Prof. Justus Wesseler, Benefits, Costs, and Consumer Perceptions of the Potential Introduction of a Fungus-Resistant Banana in Uganda and Policy Implications, by Enoch M. Kikulwe, Ekin Birol, Justus...
Ausschreibung für ein Forschungsprojekt, BSc oder MSc Thesis Wirtschaftlichkeit und Koexistenz der “Ohne Gentechnik” Milcherzeugung in Deutschland. (Deutschsprachenkenntnisse erforderlich – Thesis in Deutsch oder Englisch)
Ausschreibung für ein Forschungsprojekt, BSc oder MSc Thesis Wirtschaftlichkeit und Koexistenz der “Ohne Gentechnik” Milcherzeugung in Deutschland. (Deutschsprachenkenntnisse erforderlich – Thesis in Deutsch oder...
Die AFC Consulting Group sucht Praktikanten (m/w) Die AFC Consulting Group ist die führende Unternehmensberatung in der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft. In Deutschland und Europa beraten wir seit 1973 private Unternehmen...
Auszeichnung für hervorragende Lehre am Lehrstuhl Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft der Technischen Universität München, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan
Auszeichnung für hervorragende Lehre am Lehrstuhl Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft der Technischen Universität München, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan Herr Philipp Wree, Doktorand am Lehrstuhl Agrar- und...
Article - Final version published online: Le, Loan T., Ekko C. van Ierland, Xueqin Zhu, Justus Wesseler, and Giang Ngo (2013): "Comparing the costs of biofuels and fossil fuels: A case study of Vietnam Biomass and Bioenergy", Volume 54, Pages:227-238
Authors: Le, Loan T., Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands Ekko C. van Ierland, Environmental Economics and Natural Resources...
Jahresbericht des Lehrstuhl Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft 2012 Bitte auf die nachfolgende Datei (PDF) klicken:
The new Master’s program: Life Science Economics and Policy has been approved by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.
The program’s website www.mlsep.wzw.tum.de is now in the public domain. How is the Master´s Program Life Science Economics and Policy Structured? Program at a glance Degree name Master of Science...
24.08.2011 Postdoctoral Position - Chair of Agricultural and Food Economics - Tasks include the economic assessment of investments in biological pest control methods for selected plants. Assessing the investment risk, the impact of regulations on investment ...
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21.08.2011 EU policy for agriculture, food and rural areas edited by: Arie Oskam, Gerrit Meester and Huib Silvis
The European Union varies widely within its boundaries. Still, there are common policies for agriculture, food and rural areas, although with many differences in relation to specific conditions in Member States. Starting with the...
17.08.2011 Neues Forschungsprojekt zur Lebensmittelknappheit in Deutschland während des 1. Weltkrieges liefert erste Resultate - lesen Sie hier
von Matthias Bum, Technische Universität München, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan bitte lesen Sie hier: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014498311000325
12.08.2011 Research Report: new Article in the Appetite Research Journal - Volume 56, Issue 1, Feb 2011
Enoch M. Kikulwe, Justus Wesseler, Jose Falck-Zepeda "Attitudes, perceptions, and trust. Insights from a consumer survey regarding genetically modified banana in Uganda" see here:...
09.07.2011 Videos and interviews of the 2011 ICABR conference in Rome now available online - look here
Videos and interviews of the 2011 ICABR conference in Rome now available online -> click here.
03.07.2011 Prof. Dr. Justus Wesseler wurde in den Wissenschaftlichen Beirat des neu gegründeten WissenschaftsCampus Halle – Pflanzenbasierte Bioökonomie berufen
Die MLU Halle und die 3 Leibniz-Institute IAMO, IPB und IPK haben am 04.03.2011 den WissenschaftsCampus Halle - Pflanzenbasierte Bioökonomie gegründet. Ziel ist es, die Forschung und Lehre in den agrarischen...