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Agricultural and Resource Economics Research Group

Productivity and Sustainability in Food Supply Chains

An increasing global population, scarcity of natural resources, and environmental and climate constraints challenge agricultural sector. Substantial productivity improvements are required if more food and fiber is to be produced with fewer resources. In this research area, we assess Total Factor Productivity in agriculture and the food industry and identify sources and determinants of productivity growth. We also develop approaches to measure environmental trade-offs of agricultural productivity growth and costs of reducing pollution.

Contact: Dr. Raushan Bokusheva

Global and regional food value chains

Based on comprehensive market appraisals and feasibility studies, the research group develops innovative, application-oriented solutions and tools for stakeholders in the agri-food system. The goal is to identify potentials for upgrading social and economic sustainability in global and regional production systems and value chains.

Contact: Dr. Stefan Flückiger

Economics of Climate Change and Risk Management

Due to agriculture’s direct link to weather, it is one of the economic activities which is expected to be most strongly affected by climate change. In our research, we apply statistical and numerical models to study the mechanisms of the climate change impact on agricultural productivity and use them to evaluate adaptation options. We also design and evaluate risk management instruments aimed at reducing farm exposure to extreme events.

Contact: Dr. Raushan Bokusheva

Rural Finance, Firm Investment and Innovations

Farm investment and innovations are essential for enhancing productivity growth and improving the economic and environmental sustainability of farming. In this research area, we appraise the effectiveness of agricultural innovation systems and evaluate the potential of improving farmers’ access to innovative solutions, for example through better access to external finance. We also seek to understand farmers’ investment and innovation decisions and determine their willingness to pay for innovative technologies.

Contact: Dr. Raushan Bokusheva