Resource and Environmental Analytics

Numbering Code U-AGR04 3D315 LJ82 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year 3rd year students Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name CHIN KINKO (Graduate School of Agriculture Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course  As population growth and economic development progress, environmental and resource issues are attracting more attention than ever. However, at the same time, globalization of the economy has increased international competition. In this course, we will consider the stable supply of agricultural products, environmental protection, and international competition to study the theories of agricultural resources and environmental issues and provide an overview of resource and environmental issues and conservation policies in developed and developing countries.
Course Goals  
 To understand the basic characteristics of agriculture and regional resources, the basic concepts related to the external economic effects of agriculture and market failure, sustainable agricultural development, and their interrelationships.

 To understand the characteristics of Japanese agriculture and agricultural policies and their new trends through comparisons with representative countries and regions in the world, within the framework of international agriculture.

 To acquire economic perspectives and analytical methods when studying issues such as sustainable development of regional agriculture and utilization and conservation of local resources.
Schedule and Contents  Lectures will cover the following topics, with 1-2 lectures per topic.

 I. Essential issues related to economic development, population growth, and agriculture and forestry
  1. Economic development and rapid population growth in developing countries
  2. Two global agricultural problems caused by demographic patterns and changes in the food supply and demand structure
  3. Agricultural regulation problems in developed countries and agricultural protection policies
  4. Food shortages in developing countries and agricultural exploitation policies
  5. International competition over agricultural trade

 II. Agricultural and forestry production and its relation to resource and environmental issues
  6. Multifunctionality inherent in agricultural and forestry production
  7. Development of modern farming methods for increasing food production and productivity and environmental pollution problems due to modern farming methods

 III. Aiming for sustainable agricultural and forestry production
  8. Characteristics of general public goods and market failure in supply-demand adjustment
  9. General measures to mitigate and eliminate market failures
  10. Characteristics and root causes of agriculture-related resource and environmental problems
  11. Current status of agricultural, food, and environmental issues in Japan, the United States, Europe, and other developed countries, and development of agricultural and environmental policies
  12. Current status of agricultural, food, and environmental issues in China and other developing countries, and development of agricultural and environmental policies

   13. Final examination
   14. Feedback on examination results
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation method:
 Attendance (30% weightage), final examination scores (70% weightage)
Evaluation criteria:
 The evaluation criteria and policies are in accordance with the "Evaluation Criteria and Policies" described in the Student Handbook of the Faculty of Agriculture for the relevant year.
Course Requirements Nothing in particular
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) No advance preparation is necessary, but make sure to review the contents of the course.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Apart from this, related materials will be distributed during the course as necessary.
References, etc. 速水佑次郎、神門善久 『農業経済論 新版』 (岩波書店) ISBN:4-00-001812-4, 渡辺利夫 『開発経済学』 (日本評論社) ISBN:4-535-55055-7, 沈金虎 『現代中国経済論』 (農林統計協会) ISBN:978-4-541-03404-5