Benedek Zsófia, Bakucs Zoltán, Fałkowski Jan and Fertő Imre (2017): Intra-European Union trade of dairy products: insights from network analysis

In this paper, we employ a novel, network analysis based approach to gain new insights with respect to the changes in the structure of intra-European Union (EU) milk product trade between 2001 and 2012. Several network indices are computed to assess the relative importance of the countries from a number of perspectives. The results emphasise that the trade network has become denser, yet its overall centralisation slightly decreased during the period. While the impacts of the 2004 EU enlargement are...

Jankó Ferenc, Németh Nikoletta, Bertalan Laura and Pappné Vancsó Judit (2017): Perceptions of climate change and adaptation in Hungarian agriculture: results of an interview study

In this paper, the results of an interview survey of farmers in Győr-Moson-Sopron, Fejér, Hajdú-Bihar, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Pest and Zala (NUTS 3) counties of Hungary are used to demonstrate the major factors of climate change perception, such as the terms psychological climate, temporality and problem localisation. Adaptation strategies are also discussed. The interview results underline the subjectivity of temporality as well as the fact that the phenomenon of localisation and the narratives for...

Micha Evgenia, Heanue Kevin, Hyland John J., Henessy Thia, Dillon Emma Jane and Buckley Cathal (2017): Sustainability levels in Irish dairy farming: a farm typology according to sustainable performance indicators

Feeding the world’s population in a sustainable manner is one of the key challenges facing the future of global agriculture. The recent removal of the milk quota regime in the European Union has prompted an expansionary phase in dairy farming, especially in Ireland. Achieving this expansion in a sustainable manner is crucial to the long-term survival and success of the Irish dairy sector. In this paper we examine the sustainability of Irish dairy farming, defining ‘sustainability’ as economically...

Zgajnar Jaka (2017): Analysis of indemnification of income risk at sector level: the case of Slovenia

Using Monte Carlo simulations, the impact of diff erent levels of risks on indemnification through an income stabilisation tool is investigated at the sector level. The presented approach, using the IACS database, allows analyses of diff erences across farms with respect to farm type and farm size, applying average-based approaches. Such preliminary information is useful for policy makers responsible for the design and introduction of measures to tackle income risk issues and to identify potential...

Soliwoda Michał, Špička Jindřich, Vilhelm Václav, Pawłowska-Tyszko Joanna and Gorzelak Aleksander (2017): Is there a relationship between the prevailing model of agriculture and the structure of the crop and livestock insurance markets?

Given the strong dependence of its economic results on natural factors, agriculture is characterised by high exposure to risk. This paper explores the relationship between the prevailing ‘model of agriculture’ in a country and methods of risk management (in particular, insurance schemes). The Czech Republic and Poland are post-socialist countries which are characterised by different models of agricultural development. While agriculture in the Czech Republic is oriented to industrial farming with...

Sági Judit and Nikulin Edward Evgenevich (2017): The economic effect of Russia imposing a food embargo on the European Union with Hungary as an example

In the summer of 2014, Russia imposed a food embargo on most agricultural products from countries that supported the anti-Russian sanctions. In this study we use vector autoregression and neural network modelling to assess the eff ect of the embargo on the bilateral trade relations between the European Union (EU) (using the example of Hungary as an EU Member State) and Russia. In particular, the changes in the dynamics of Hungary’s aggregate agricultural exports in response to the shock of the embargo,...

Almeida Alexandre N. and Bravo-Ureta Boris E. (2017): Assessing the sensitivity of matching algorithms: The case of a natural resource management programme in Honduras

A fundamental challenge in impact evaluations that rely on a quasi-experimental design is to define a control group that accurately refl ects the counterfactual situation. Our aim is to evaluate empirically the performance of a range of approaches that are widely used in economic research. In particular, we compared three diff erent types of matching algorithms (optimal, greedy and nonparametric). These techniques were applied in the evaluation of the impact of the MARENA programme (Manejo de Recursos...

Midmore Peter (2017): Agricultural science research impact in the Eastern European Union Member States

Improving agricultural research impact is an important goal for the European Union (EU). The EU Framework 7 project Impresa studied the process of research impact across Europe, and this article selects and discusses results drawn from the 11 Eastern EU Member States. The major methods used were a survey of the levels and trends of research expenditures by the public and private sectors, case studies identifying impact pathways of individual science-based innovations, and quantitative analyses of...