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Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 20 ISSUE 3
Written by Elena DERUNOVA, Natal’ya KIREEVA, Olesya PRUSCHAK

With regard to the agri-food system, the theoretical and methodological basis for the study of inclusive development has been substantiated. The study reveals the concept of inclusive development of the agri-food system, substantiates criteria and indicators, and proposes assessment methods. New risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic are analyzed in the development of the agro-food system, which has aggravated the existing systemic problems and negatively affected the quality of life of Russians. A comparative analysis of the quality of inclusive development of the agri-food systems of the Saratov region and Russia in the context of the main blocks: growth and development, the fairness of distribution of public goods between all strata and groups of the population, the involvement of all forms of management, food security, environmental sustainability. An integral indicator of the level and quality of inclusive development of the agri-food system of Russia and the Saratov region was calculated. Measures are formulated to facilitate the transition of the agri-food system to an inclusive development model and overcome negative trends in the post-pandemic economy.

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Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 20 ISSUE 3
Written by Deniz SARICA, Lionel HUBBARD, Philip DAWSON

This paper adopts panel cointegration methods to estimate a gravity model of Turkish agricultural exports to 30 Euro-Mediterranean countries. Results show the conventional variables of economic size and distance to importing markets along with relative factor endowments are significant determinants of agricultural exports. Conversely, similarity of economic size, bilateral free trade agreements with Euro-Mediterranean countries, religious commonality, and the expatriate Turkish population in importing countries are found to be insignificant. Whilst a focus on exporting to large and near neighbouring countries is sensible, Turkey also needs to pay careful attention to the competing demands on its agricultural land from urbanisation and tourism. We speculate that recent changes in Turkey’s domestic agricultural policy may impact adversely on exports.

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Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 20 ISSUE 3
Written by Anthony Eghe AGBONGIARHUOYI, Kehinde Adesina THOMAS, Eghosa Osas UWAGBOE, Busayo Solomon FAMUYIWA

The research work investigated farmers’ level of use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in accessing cocoa beans market information in Cross River State, Nigeria. Sixty farmers were selected using random systematic sampling technique. Pertinent information was collected with structured questionnaire. Data were analysed with descriptive statistics and Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC). Results reveal that 90% of the respondents used mobile phone while 85% used radio to access cocoa beans market information. Frequency of use for mobile phone (75%) and radio (35%) were on weekly basis. The major market information used for ICTs were cocoa beans sales price (88.3%), quality (85%), value addition (78.3%) and certification (75%). Cocoa beans sales price was accessed regularly, while certification of cocoa beans was occasional. Major constraints to the utilization of ICTs were poor electricity supply and internet services. Income (r=0.279, p=0.021), cocoa farm size (r=0.300, p=0.020) and age (r= -0.301, p=0.019) correlated significantly with extent of using ICTs in accessing cocoa market information by farmers. Efforts should be made by internet providers to ensure optimum internet connection for improved ICTs used by farmers in sourcing cocoa market information.

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