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  • Perspectives of Agricultural Extension

    The Perspectives of Agricultural Extension aims at providing Agricultural Information and Communication Management (AICM) students with an understanding of the perspectives of agricultural extension. Specifically, the module aims to: * Enable student understanding of agricultural extension perspectives in the current changing scenario of agriculture * Enhance students’ understanding...

  • Governance Issues in the Principal-Agent Framework: Producing Cellulosic Ethanol in Michigan

    This article analyzes the incentives and compensation problems faced by cellulosic ethanol producer and logging firms and the consequent impact on the organization of the wood based cellulosic ethanol industry in the US. The success of this relationship is central to setting up the biofuel industry in Michigan and in the US at large. The theoretical results indicate that specification...

  • Catching-Up Trajectories in the Wine Sector: A Comparative Study of Chile, Italy and South Africa

    From a development perspective an investigation of the changes that have occurred in the wine industry is of particular interest because it provides evidence on how emerging economies have been able to acquire significant shares of the international market in a dynamic sector. Based on novel empirical evidence as well as secondary sources, this paper shows that emerging countries with...

  • Agriculture for Sustainable Economic Development: A Global R&D Initiative to Avoid a Deep and Complex Crisis

    World agriculture has entered a new, unsustainable, and politically risky period. Agriculture?and the natural resources it depends on?has been overexploited ecologically, has suffered from underinvestment, has recently been exposed to ill-designed bioenergy programs, and has been politically sidelined for too long. It is now at a critical point. Appropriate responses to the food and...

  • Measuring the economic impacts of transgenic crops in developing agriculture during the first decade: approaches, findings, and future directions

    This review of scholarly literature explores a key concern of IFPRI?s: whether biotech crops can benefit poor farmers. The authors examine the issue by emphasizing the methods applied to empirical data from developing countries, because these methods influence the nature of economists? findings and how they interpret them. The authors consider the economic impacts of biotech crops not only...

  • Building capacity to increase agricultural productivity and incomes of poor small-scale farmers

    If poverty is to be tackled in Africa, the productivity of the agricultural sector?which employs the majority of the citizenry?must be increased. This is especially crucial at a time when food prices are surging as a result of increasing demand for food grains, animal products, and vegetable oils. However, agricultural productivity will not increase if the capacity of farmers and other...

  • Measuring agricultural research investments

    Revised calculations of global agricultural research and development (R...

  • ARE 241, Economics & Policy of Production, Technology and Risk in Agricultural & Natural Resources

    This course covers: family production function; alternatives models of production; resource and environmental risk management; adoption and diffusion; innovation and intellectual property rights; production and demand; agricultural and environmental policies; water pest control; biotechnology; optimal control over space and time

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