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Videos about the research projects, created for the "Night of Science" 2012

  Video 1
(mp4, 89 MB), german/english

Research projects of the institute in 2012


  Video 2 (mp4, 38 MB), german/english

DFG-Project FOR 756: Impact of shocks on the vulnerability to poverty: consequences for development of emerging Southeast Asian economies


Research projects

Title Improving the management of trypanosomiasis in smallholder livestock production systems in tsetse-infested sub-Saharan Africa
Objectives Overall objectives: To improve the sustainable livelihoods of resource-poor livestock producers in smallholder production systems through improved control of trypanosomiasis.
  Specific objectives:
  1. To improve capacity and capability of African laboratories and veterinary services to detect trypanocide resistance and to conduct quality control of trypanocidal drugs;
  2. To improve the effectiveness of available trypanocides in livestock;
  3. To promote and monitor the use of the technical and structural innovations developed in partnership at a regional and continental scale.
Methodology In order to evaluate the project’s impact
  1. Household level data collection to establish a panel data set
  2. Impact analysis using DD-models
Contact Sabine Liebenehm / N.N.
Partners Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (ITM)
  Free University of Berlin (FUB)
  Vétérinaires Sans Frontières – Belgium (VSF)
  Centre International de Recherche-Developpement sur l’Elevage en Zone Subhumide (CIRDES)
  National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Centre (NAHDIC)
  University of Pretoria (UP)
  Direction de l’Elevage du Togo (VetTogo)
  Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (EMU)
Period 2012-2017
Funding/Sponsor EU Commission
Budget 330 000 €
Keywords Impact assessment, Livestock disease, Sub-Saharan Africa
Website www.trypanocide.eu/
Title Cost- benefit analysis of sustainability standards in small holder oil palm farming in Sumatra, Indonesia
Objectives This research aims to assess the acceptance and economic consequences of standards for sustainable oil palm farming among small holders in the province of Jambi, Sumatra, Indonesia.
  This study will draw from an existing panel data set of some 291 small holder oil palm farmers from 2010 and 2012 in two districts of Jambi.
  Three hypotheses will be tested:
  (1) smallholder oil palm farmers are aware of the environmental standards promoted by the Government in oil palm plantations;
  (2) the benefits of sustainable oil palm management practices are uncertain;
  (3) woman can play a major role in implementing sustainable oil palm management practices.
  Fieldwork to test the first hypotheses has already been conducted during July - August 2012.
  For 2013, additional data collection is proposed with the objective to test the second and the third hypotheses. Individual interviews, focus group discussions with village groups and a stakeholder workshop will be conducted to establish the empirical base for developing and applying cost benefit analysis.
Methodology Household level data collection to establish a panel data set
Contact Ernah
Period 2012-2015
Funding/Sponsor Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), Institute of Development and Agricultural Economics
Budget 14 000 €
Keywords Oil palm, Environment, Smallholder, Indonesia
Title Sustainable rubber cultivation in the Mekong region (SURUMER): How to balance trade-offs between ecosystem functions, services, and socio-economic constraints in southern Yunnan (China)
Contact Shi Min
Period 2011-2016
Funding/Sponsor BMBF / DLR
Budget 310 000 €
Title Economics of African Animal Trypanosomiasis (AAT) management strategies under risk and time preferencies
Objectives The overall goal of this research proposal is to analyze livestock disease control options that can ensure the sustainability of livestock dependent household systems in West Africa.
  The research project has two specific objectives, i.e.:
  (i) Analyse the data on risk and time preferences as well as subjective probabilities that have been elicited by economic field experiments from January to February 2011
  (ii) Assess the long-term productivity of AAT disease control strategies including trypanocides in a dynamic modeling framework
Methodology Maximum-Likelihood Estimation of preferences
  Stochastic dynamic programming
Contact Sabine Liebenehm
Period 2008-2013
Funding/Sponsor DFG
Budget 110 000 €
Keywords Risk and time preferences, Livestock disease, West Africa
Title Assessing the Potential of Fair Organic Certified Products for Sustainable Livelihoods in Developing Countries - The case of Black Pepper in India
Objectives 1. To what extent conversion and adoption to organic production and fair trade marketing arrangements can be a viable option for improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in India?
  2. What is the impact of organic agriculture under fair trade promotion structures on the income and consumption of the household?
Methodology 1. Household level data collection to establish a panel data set
  2. Quantitative analysis using panel data models
Contact Priyanka Parvathi
Period 2010-2013
Funding/Sponsor Leibniz Universität Hannover
Keywords Organic farming, Fair trade, Sustainability, Vulnerability, India
Title Impact of shocks on the vulnerability to poverty: consequences for development of emerging Southeast Asian economies
  Sub-project TP 03
  The capacity of agriculture to adjust to economic crisis and environmental shocks in Thailand
Objectives 1. Investigating the changing role of agriculture before and after economic crisis in Thailand
  2. Analyzing the capacity of agriculture to adjust to environmental shocks in Vietnam
  3. Comparing and assessing the structural adjustment processes in agriculture in Thailand and Vietnam in view of economic crisis and environmental change
  4. Contribute to advancing the vulnerability concepts by incorporating agricultural household decision models
  5. Advance the concept of risk measurement
Methodology 1. Household level data collection to establish a panel data set
  2. Quantitative analysis using panel data models
Contact Mulubrhan R. Amare, Bezawit B. Chichaibelu, Lena Hohfeld, Thi Hoa Vu
Partner In collaboration with the 'Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade' (Prof. U. Grote)
Period 2010-2013
Funding/Sponsor DFG
Budget 250 000 €
Keywords Vulnerability, Shocks, Thailand, Coping strategies, Rural development
Website www.vulnerability-asia.uni-hannover.de
Title The Impact of Contract Farming in the Oil Palm Industry on Poverty Reduction: An Analysis of Supply Chain Partnership in Sumatra, Indonesia
Contact Eko R. Cahyadi
Period 2009-
Keywords Contract farming, Oil palm, Treatment effect model, Vulnerability, Poverty
Title The effect of social networks on vulnerability to poverty: A village level case study in Thailand.
Contact Theda Gödecke
Period 2008-
Funding/ Sponsor  
Keywords Vulnerability to poverty, Thailand, Social networks, Village level case study
Title Impact of shocks on vulnerability to poverty in Thailand and Vietnam: consequences for the development of emerging Southeast Asian economies
Contact Duc Phung Tung
Period 2006-
Funding/ Sponsor  
Keywords Vulnerability to poverty, Thailand, Vietnam, Southeast Asian economies