University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV), Faculty of Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and Rural Development (FMIEADR), Bucharest, Romania
Federal Research Centre for Agriculture (AGROSCOPE) from Ettenhausen, Switzerland
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Halle, Germany.
The USAMV Bucharest Agricultural Economics and Policy Summer Schools are hosted by USAMVB
The University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (USAMVB) (http://www.usamv.ro/index.php/en/home-eng) is the result of the academic, scientific and administrative process supported by great names of Romanian agronomic education and science that began with the first Agronomic School in Romania (The Pantelimon Agricultural Institute), whose establishment act was signed in 1852, while its activity started in 1853.
The former Institute has evolved in time and nowadays, the fields of study covered by USAMVB are: Agronomy, Biology, Forestry, Horticulture, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Food Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geodetic Engineering, Biotechnologies, Applied Engineering Sciences, Engineering and Management, Engineering and Management in Agriculture and Rural Development.
The above key areas of study are organized within 7 Faculties, which are units operating within USAMVB and create and develop the educational offer. They are structured into two or three academic departments, as well as research centres and laboratories, offering Bachelor and Master programmes, as well as two doctoral programmes.
Faculty of Management, Economic Engineering in
Agriculture and Rural Development (http://www.managusamv.ro/homepage), the main USAMVB partner of the ENHANCE project, is
guided in its activity by one of Paul Hawken’s quotes: “Good management is
the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive
that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.” The aim of this faculty
founded in 1992 is to provide education in the domain of economic engineering
in agriculture so that its graduates can easily find a job in the modern
society which is so dynamic.
The academic activities take place in Bucharest and in two local branches and the students enrolled in full time studies or distance learning can choose between two specializations at Bachelor level, 6 Master programmes and a customized doctoral programme in the field of Engineering and Management in Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Summer School 2018 will be organized by IAMO
The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) from Halle (Saale) (www.iamo.de/en). Germany is an independent, non-profit research institute financed jointly by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitalisation of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt. It analyses policies and institutions in the agricultural sector and rural areas, agricultural and food markets, and the structural development of enterprises in rural areas. Moreover, it embraces the interdependencies of market processes, managerial decisions and policies on the environment and rural areas. Research activities of the institute are grouped to five main areas: (1) policies and institutions; (2) natural resource use; (3) livelihoods in rural areas; (4) organization of agriculture; and (5) agricultural value chains. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia. There is a close cooperation with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).
The Department of the Agricultural Policy (www.iamo.de/en/departments/agricultural-policy/) researches institutions involved in agricultural development in transition economies from a micro-economic perspective. It thus contributes to understanding the interconnections between institutions, agricultural policies and transition processes in rural areas of formerly planned economies in Europe and Asia. Investigations appraise various agricultural policy measures' impacts on producers, consumers and public budgets. Studies also cover various effects of institutional reforms on agricultural production, economic development of rural areas and the use of natural resources. Further themes of interest include organizing agricultural production and food marketing. The theoretical foundation of the department’s work is an elementary component of its applied research and ranges from neoclassical theories via game theory to institutional economics approaches.
The Summer School 2017 was jointly organized by FIBL and AGROSCOPE
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL, (http://www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html) is one of the world’s leading organic farming research and technology transfer centres dedicated to sustainable agriculture with 175 staff members. It is an independent, non-profit research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science particularly in the field of organic farming. FiBL’s research team works together with farmers and farmers’ organisations to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to boost agricultural productivity while never losing sight of environmental, health and socio-economic impacts.
FiBL’s Department of Socio-Economic Sciences (http://www.fibl.org/en/switzerland/research/socio-economics.html) focuses its research activities at understanding and explaining rural decision-making by developing a shared knowledge base on the challenges faced by organic and sustainable food and farming systems.
Agroscope (https://www.agroscope.admin.ch/agroscope/en/home/about-us/locations-contacts/taenikon.html) is also a research station situated in Switzerland, but part of public administration. It is Switzerland core competence centre for agricultural issues, ranging from animal nutrition over wheat breeding to economic issues. At the Tänikon branch in Switzerland’s East, around 100 economic and technological researchers try to find sustainable solutions for competitive farming systems.
The Socioeconomics Research Group (https://www.agroscope.admin.ch/agroscope/de/home/themen/wirtschaft-technik/soziooekonomie.html) balances its work between research on qualitative and quantitative analyses on agricultural policies and markets and consulting work for the Swiss government. Its main tool is the SWISSland model, the first agent-based tool depicting the agriculture of a whole nation, In addition, the international CAPRI model is used, econometric tools are applied and qualitative tools such as objective hermeneutics are used.
The 2016 Summer School was organized by the University of Natural Resources
and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Austria is an education and research centre for natural and renewable
resources, with about 10,000 enrolled students and about 1,500 academic staff. BOKU
perceives itself as a teaching and research centre for renewable resources,
which are necessary for human life. It is their main objective to help make a
considerable contribution to the conservation and protection of resources for
future generations by providing diversity in its fields of study. Connecting
natural sciences, engineering and economic sciences, they wish to increase
knowledge of the ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural
resources, to provide a harmoniously cultivated landscape.
The research focus of the involved “Department of Economics and Social Sciences” (http://www.wiso.boku.ac.at/en/) is on economics, policy and law of the agricultural, food and forest sector, natural resources and the environment. The department particularly works in the fields of sustainable development, management of biological resources and environmental policy, governance, rural development and agricultural sociology as well as optimization and valuation of managerial processes in agriculture, forestry, timber industry, environmental economics and food economy.
The “Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics” (http://www.wiso.boku.ac.at/en/afo/) focuses on agricultural and forestry management. AFO is made up of about 10 researchers in the field of agricultural economics, agricultural and agri-environmental policy analysis and environmental and resource issues related to agriculture. Besides other, the institute’s work-topics in agricultural economics focus on analysis and empirical studies at the farm level, on-farm decision making processes, land valuation, household income analysis and on-farm production planning. The institute develops and evaluates framework and governance concepts for the sustainable production of biological resources. Special emphasis is on the topic of multi-functionality of agriculture and forestry systems. AFO has participated (and participates) in various EU-projects (CLAIM, FarmPath, Rethink, RES, EU-AGRO-BIOGAS, EUROFOREX).