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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Internationaler Agrarhandel und Entwicklung

What is the CNR summer school about?

The CNR Summer School 2017 is a three week summer school focusing on Foundations and Methods of Agricultural Economics and Policy for Sustainable Mountainous Development. The school is jointly organized by the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobesa, the Humboldt-University of Berlin and University of Hohenheim. The summer school consists of three one-week modules and will take place on the CNR campus at Lobesa from September 11th to 29th, 2017.


Objective and content


The objective of the summer school is to familiarize participants with state of the art theories and research methods in agricultural economics. The focus is on methods which can be applied within the participants’ academic or professional work using relatively simple software tools (primarily Microsoft Excel).  The summer school consists of three week-long seminars:

Seminar 1 focuses on the principles of farm economics and resource planning and will introduce participants to resource and investment analysis.

Seminar 2 builds on seminar 1 and extends the scope to environmental economics, teaching participants methods to consider environmental aspects in cost-benefit analysis.

Seminar 3 teaches the participants the implications of agricultural policies using policy scenarios relevant to Bhutan.

Each seminar will contain real world case studies, which relate to relevant topics of the Bhutanese agricultural sector such as sustainable land management, mechanization of land preparation, conversion to organic agriculture and mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts. An important feature of the summer school is that participants are taught methods hands-on such that they will be able to conduct own analysis during the summer school. Please note, the preliminary schedule of each seminar week is presented at the end of this flyer.