The compendium Volume I and Volume II are published on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of our cherished “Ph. D. Program in Agricultural Economics and Related Sciences” and the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Justus-Liebig-University
Giessen, Germany. Both volumes contain quite a large number of collections of papers pertaining to the issues and challenges in rural development from former and present students of the program as listed below.
The first volume consists of twenty two papers organized under five broad sub-headings (1st-5th) contributed by the personnel mentioned in contributors’ list below. The first group of papers are in General Equilibrium modelling, which basically deals with
the role of Agriculture in the macro economy using CGE approach. The second block presents agricultural sector models dealing more specifically the agriculture sector. The third section is all about impact assessment of development interventions and socioeconomic status of the beneficiaries in rural areas. Correspondingly, the fourth subsection deals with efficiency and productivity of agricultural production focusing on efficiency variations between one farm and regions applying Frontier Production Function and Data Envelope Analysis. And finally, the fifth chapter highlights different methods and practices about conservation and management of natural resources in order to mitigate environmental problems thereby reducing the hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
The second volume is comprised of nineteen papers organized under six major chapters (6th-11th). Section six contains six papers directly/indirectly analyzing agricultural markets, marketing activities, technology adoption and commercialization.
Accordingly, the seventh section basically analyzes the factor markets and efficient allocation of available resources. The eighth chapter is about rural finance and credit, a major production constraint faced by the farmers especifically in rural areas of developing countries. More critical and catchy issues are included in the ninth chapter “poverty and food security issues”. Topics regarding education and extension in relation to agriculture are presented in the tenth section. And it ends up with the most commonly spoken issue women’s role and capacity to cope with household shocks.