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Information on organisation Department of Economics and Development

Department of Economics and Development
Katedra ekonomiky a rozvoje
Abbreviation Code Workplace type
KER 51140 katedra

Workplace management

Bavorová Miroslava, Ing., Dr. sc. agr., Dr. sc. habil.
Assistant manager:
Verner Vladimír, Ing. Ph.D.
Straková Marie, Ing. Ph.D.
Hejkrlík Jiří, Ing. Ph.D.
Editor CV:
Kulíková Barbora, Ing.
Editor CV:
Verner Vladimír, Ing. Ph.D.

Workplace members

Abdalla Niga Rzgar, Ing.
Amoako Agyemang Sylvester, Ing.
Barnabas Bulus, PaedDr. Ing.
Bavorová Miroslava, Ing., Dr. sc. agr., Dr. sc. habil.
Bažata Miroslav, Ing.
Donkor Ebenezer
Essel Bernard Kwamena Cobbina
Gorgan Maxim, PhDr. Mgr.
Gurung Binod
Hejkrlík Jiří, Ing. Ph.D.
Houžvová Soňa
Chaloupková Petra, Ing. PhD., dr. h.c.
Ibrahim Kindah, Ing.
Imami Drini
Jimoh Kazeem, M.Sc.
Jumpah Emmanuel Tetteh
Kandel Giri Prasad, Ing.
Kareyapath Liji
Kulíková Barbora, Ing.
Litia Lutangu Andrew
Lysáková Tereza, Ing.
Muench Steffen, Ing.
Nguyen Phuong Anh
Nkomoki William, Ing. et Ing. Ph.D.
Nnahiwe Pius, Ing. B.Sc.
Obad Taisir
Olasoji Oluwaseyi
Pallova Lucie, Ing.
Pilařová Tereza, Ing.
Rakshit Shoumyadeep, Mgr.
Ratinger Tomáš, doc. Dr. RNDr.
Rojas Pardo Laura Natalia, MSc.
Salman Ibrahim, Ing. MBA
Straková Marie, Ing. Ph.D.
Ullah Ayat, Dr.
Van Damme Patrick, prof. dr. ir.
Verner Vladimír, Ing. Ph.D.
Volodina Evgeniya, Ing.
Yakubu Madaki Mustapha
Zimuto Welcome

Information on organisation

The history of the department goes back to 1967 as a part of the department of technical and economic development of rural tropics and subtropics. From the very beginning department has been providing education training and research dealing with socio-economic backwardness, strategies for poverty alleviation, rural economy and agricultural systems assessment, marketing and international trade with tropical and subtropical products. By 1989, only foreign students from developing countries were participating at lectures, which have changed since 1992 when the study program was open for Czech students as well. In 2008, economic branch of former department became independent as the Department of Economic Development (DED). Among the most prominent scientists who worked or have worked at the department are: Prof. Jiří Havel, Prof. Vladimír Jeníček, Prof. Ladislav Kabát, Dr. Tomáš Doucha, Dr. Bohuslav Robeš, Dr. Jiří Pospíchal, Dr. Miroslav Novotný či Dr. Zdeňka Pešková.
The main objective of the department is to train the professionals and researchers in the fields of agricultural economics and rural development, for improving the living conditions and efficiency of resources management in the tropics and subtropics. In the Czech Republic are the closest other partner organizations, faculty and department CULS Prague, research institutes, in particular the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information (ÚZEI) and non-governmental organizations such as People in Need, ADRA, etc. The main focus of the department is focusing on sustainable strategies for reducing poverty in developing regions of the tropics and subtropics, which are based on the traditions and active participation of target population on their implementation. All strategies are designed with minimizing negative impacts on the environment.
Educational activity:
Lectures are taught in both English and Czech, some specialized subjects are taught in collaboration with other faculties of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) such as Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Faculty of Forestry, Wildlife and Wood Sciences and Faculty of Environment Science. Currently, department staff consists of ten employees, eight teachers and two technicians.
Research activity:
Research activities respond to the needs of developing regions in areas of the tropics and subtropics and are currently funded from both internal and external sources. An important source of funding for the research activity is currently the international development co-operation of the CR. The research is carried out directly in the areas of developing countries such as Angola, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Peru, Moldova, Ethiopia or Indonesia. Department cooperates with other faculties of the CULS in the field of science and research. Principal research fields: Socioeconomic backwardness and poverty alleviation strategies Currently, there are as many approaches to reducing poverty, as well as an overall understanding of the backwardness of tropical and subtropical regions. Research in this area focuses particularly on the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, but also the issue of measurability of human suffering, its main indicators and possible more accurate prediction. Practical application of these results is used especially in making more effective policy and development strategies. Farming and rural systems development Agriculture and agricultural industry (agribusiness) now present a major component of the national economy and the main activity for majority of the labor force in developing countries. Still a large percentage of agricultural production is based on the small family farms, moreover, at subsistence level. With growing population pressure and limited access to resources reduces, both food and financial security of families of small farmers face the increasing jeopardy. The research focuses on understanding the decision-making process on resource management, living standard criteria development and further progress estimations in order to rise up the efficiency per labor unit with special regard to biodiversity conservation and environmental conservation. Marketing and international trade with tropical and subtropical products One of the most serious problems which farmers in tropical and subtropical regions face are common barriers to market access and lack of knowledge of the principles of marketing. The purchasing prices remain very low and farmers' families have just limited resources to improve and/or to ensure their living standards. Many products from these areas are highly demanded in developed countries. However, efficient marketing chain is not established or is facing many obstacles. The research focuses on the possibilities of product certification, expansion of fair trade, development of marketing chains and the organize global trade in tropical and subtropical products from the standpoint of international law and agreements. Microfinancial activities The most frequently mentioned cause of poverty in the developing world is very difficult access to credit by the poor population, for either farm/household expenses or business development. Microfinance activities, despite of certain problems, are relatively new but very effective tool to reverse this negative trend. The provision of small loans based on the traditional structure of society, collective responsibility use and directly affects a large percentage of women, who are usually neglected or not fully affected by other development activities. The research focuses primarily on building effective microfinance systems in different socio-economic as well as natural conditions and the transformation of microfinance institutions from informal to formal. Rural communication and agricultural extension The success of all efforts of scientists and development workers to overcome poverty in the tropical and subtropical areas is based on the successful adaptation of new technologies, processes or strategies the local population. More than 80 percent of world population lives in developing countries and nearly two thirds of farms with less than two dollars a day. Means of improving access to higher education are very limited, and with great cultural differences can not be "tailor" a standardized approach to all counseling areas. Research in this area focuses mainly on increasing the effectiveness of communication techniques, improving participatory diagnostics and identifying and eliminating barriers to counseling approaches.
International contacts:
The foreign collaboration of the department is based particularly on contacts with the University of Hohenheim (Germany), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) and Wageningen University (Netherlands). Trough the activities bounded with the development projects implementation, department is in contact with a wide range of partner institutions in recipient countries, such as Kyrgyz National Agrarian University after K. I. Skryabin (Kyrgyzstan), Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (Vietnam), Research Institute for Aquaculture No.1 (Vietnam) etc. The department is in contact and cooperates with professional non-governmental organization NATURA (Network of European Agricultural and Tropically Subtropically Oriented Universities and Scientific complexes Related with Agricultural Development), whose members are rectors and professors of universities, directors of research institutes and leading experts in the field of tropical and subtropical agriculture from EU countries. Very important contacts are with institutions such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) or United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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