CE SAIN Lecture Series on August 31, 201
August 31, 2018: The Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN Cambodia) of Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) facilitated lectures on “The Last Mile Problem: A Behavioral Economics Perspective on Smallholder Farmers’ Lives” Presented by Ms. Selina Bruns, Ph.D. Student, University of Göttingen, Germany.
Selina receives a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany and a M.Sc. degree in Sustainable International Agriculture – International Agribusiness and Rural Development from the University of Gottingen. During her student life, she worked in marketing and innovation consultancy, as a research assistant, and a research intern at the BIC United Nations headquarter office in Manhattan, New York. Since January 2018 she is a Ph.D. student at the chair of farm management at the University of Gottingen and works as part of a CIAT project with smallholder farmers in Cambodia. Her research focus is dedicated to contributing to combating extreme poverty, aiming to understand why many smallholder farmers still struggle to escape chronicle poverty. For this, Selina studies smallholder farmers’ economic circumstances and behavioral characteristics, in order to test and suggest innovative solutions for the issues at stake.
The lecture shared an overview of important topics of behavioral economics in this context such as risk attitudes, time preferences, and scarcity. With this, they discussed why some approaches in the field might work while others do not.