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Edited By: Professor John Davis

Online ISSN: 1746-692X

Associated Title(s): Journal of Agricultural Economics

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Guest Editorial: Future Directions for the Global Meat Industry
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Pinstrup Andersen, Marc J Cohen, Volume 1, Issue 2

Better Drip than Flood: Reaping the Benefits of Efficient Irrigation
Ada Ignaciuk, Daniel D'Croz and Shanila Islam, Volume 14, Issue 2

Guest Editorial: Meat and Milk Consumption 2050: the Potential for Demand-Side Solutions to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
Brian Revell, Volume 14, Issue 3

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  1. Rethinking Organic Farming in the Post-Socialist Context: Lessons from Bulgaria

    Heidrun Moschitz, Svetla Stoeva, Petya Slavova, Dona Pickard, Zdravka Georgieva and Matthias Stolze

    Version of Record online: 6 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12153

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    On the basis of an in-depth qualitative study, this article discusses the case of Bulgaria as an example of a new EU Member State that implemented EU organic farming policies in a top-down process during EU accession. We explore the difficulties in transposing a concept originating in Western Europe to post-Socialist countries, and particularly ask what this transposing of an alien concept means for long-term development of the organic sector. We found that the top-down agenda-setting for organic farming in Bulgaria resulted in inefficient policies that inhibited an orientation of producers towards the market's needs.

  2. How Advanced Efficiency Techniques Can Support Production Disease Control Decisions on Dairy Farms

    Mariska van der Voort, Jef Van Meensel, Johannes Charlier, Guido Van Huylenbroeck and Ludwig Lauwers

    Version of Record online: 15 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12152

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    Production diseases in dairy cows can have significant effects on farm business performance. Decisions about controlling production diseases are mainly based on veterinary advice. However, from an economic perspective, mere diagnosis of disease does not provide enough information for intervention decisions. Well-founded decisions are based on knowledge of the economic effects of production diseases and their control measures. One challenge for dairy farmers and advisors is to access farm-specific tools that can determine the effect of a disease on farm business performance.

  3. Is it Possible to Utilise the Agricultural Potential of Ukraine under the Current Agrarian System?

    Olena Borodina and Vitaliy Krupin

    Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12151

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    The government of Ukraine aims to transform the country into an ‘agricultural superpower at the international level’ with the hope that the sector will gain high foreign currency earnings and become ‘the engine of national economic development’. The large agribusiness corporations have willingly responded to these calls. However, placing hope solely in the corporate sector is inadequate as the key role of agriculture to create business diversity and achieve rural social and environmental objectives will remain unfulfilled. Many other national economies have experienced ‘the offensive’ of capital on agriculture during the twentieth century, with associated negative consequences, thus encouraging them to adopt more balanced agrarian policies which benefit the whole rural population.

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    Agri-food Trade Between Brazil and the EU (pages 11–16)

    Carmen Hubbard, Augusto Mussi Alvim, Ely Jose de Mattos and Lionel Hubbard

    Version of Record online: 17 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12144

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    International trade between the EU and Brazil has a typical North–South composition and, in general, would appear to reflect the principle of comparative advantage. Most of the agri-food trade between the two is inter-industry or one-way in nature. Brazil is the largest of all exporters of agricultural products to the EU, but EU protectionism and trade barriers are a concern. Nominal Protection Coefficients indicate that producers in Brazil face prices that are close to border or world prices, and therefore are less protected than their counterparts in the EU. In terms of tariffs, ‘peaks’ are far more prevalent in the EU than in Brazil, and tariff ‘escalation’ reinforces the North–South nature of the trade flows.

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    Brazilian Agriculture: Balancing Growth with the Need for Equality and Sustainability (pages 32–36)

    Jonathan Brooks

    Version of Record online: 17 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12148

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    Brazil's agricultural sector has grown rapidly over the past 20 years, but two reservations have been frequently expressed with respect to the country's development model. The first is that the benefits of agricultural growth have accrued principally to a narrow group of large-scale commercial farmers, while smaller-scale traditional farmers, and the rural economy more generally, have languished. A second concern relates to the environmental footprint of agricultural development, and in particular agriculture's contribution to the loss of rainforest. This article suggests that future growth can be reconciled with rapid poverty reduction and improved environmental sustainability.