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Structural Change in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods

118th EAAE Seminar accomplished successfully

In the scope of the seminar (August 25 to August 27 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia) basic results of the SCARLED project were presented to the scientific community.

More than 120 scientists and policy practitioners from 21 countries all over the world participated in the 118th Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE). It took place from August 25 to August 27 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The seminar aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of current theoretical and empirical work dealing with social, economic and policy aspects of rural development and to offer a platform for the exchange of ideas and opinions.

In the scope of the seminar, basic results of the project „Structural Change in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods“ (SCARLED)were presented in altogether nine contributions. SCARLED is coordinated by the IAMO. The project focuses on the agricultural sector restructuring process and rural socio-economic transformation in the new EU member states. Gertrud Buchenrieder, who is coordinating the SCARLED project together with Judith Möllers, held a plenary address connected to the project on the first seminar day. Subject was nonfarm employment diversification in five new member states examined by SCARLED: Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Hungaria. Buchenrieder could show that rural income diversification contributes to the reduction of poverty.

The 118th EAAE Seminar was jointly organised by Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) and the Slovene Association of Agricultural Economists. Seminar programme and papers can be retrieved here: