Master's Thesis: Coffee production (Agroforestry, Productivity, Livelihoods, Farmers) at Institut for Fødevare- og Ressourceøkonomi - Københavns Universitet

Coffee communities around the world are facing a myriad of challenges, from climate change and fluctuating prices to new sustainability demands and goals of living income. Coffee is the largest agricultural crop and export commodity in Vietnam, where more than 600.000 farmers in the Central Highlands are producing Robusta coffee for the world’s large coffee trading and roasting companies.

In 2019, 400 farmers across four provinces in the Central Highlands participated in a farmer survey on productivity (inputs/outputs), livelihoods, climate shocks and climate adaptation practices, information access and much more. Three years later, 237 of the same farmers were surveyed again to create a panel data set. This data has been used in the research project , which was recently completed.

There are still plenty of opportunities to analyse the farmer survey data with different specific MSc studies in mind. 

The data can be analysed quantitatively with econometric models, though more simple statistics are also an option depending on the specific focus of the MSc study. The student will be supervised by Assistant Professor Goytom Abraha Kahsay and Associate Professor Aske Bosselmann. Interaction with researchers at CIAT in Vietnam is also an option.

Students are encouraged to write the thesis as an article manuscript.

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