More than 700 million people live on less than $1.90 a day.
They face numerous problems, including low agricultural productivity,
slow adoption of agricultural technologies, an inefficient food system,
and excess labor supply in the agricultural sector, which perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty.
In the background, formal and informal rural institutions that can support these people are
evolving with globalization and embracing technological progress.

The International Rural Development laboratory studies the causes and consequences of these problems
and offers policy guidance for managing them, particularly in Asia and Africa.
The laboratory accomplishes this using microeconomic theory embedded in disciplines
such as Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Econometrics, and Rural Sociology.
We also offer education to undergraduate and graduate students to cultivate agricultural development human resources for the future.

Below is the list of theses in English by recent MA students.
These theses are available at the library in the Division of Natural Resource Economics, Kyoto University.

MA theses since 2015

  •  2023
    • Eliciting Willingness to Pay of Mechanical Irrigation Technology: Evidence from Peri-Urban Farmlands of Bandung, Indonesia
    • Agricultural Products Market Integration and Politics Competition in China
  • 2022
    • Comparative Study of Milk Distribution System in Morocco and Japan: From the Viewpoint of Vertical Coordination by Dairy Cooperatives
  • 2021
    • Witchcraft and Informal Risk Sharing: The Case of Rural Zambia
  • Testing the Separation Hypothesis in Ayeyarwady Delta Region, Myanmar
  • Adoption of Improved Rice Technology and Farm Household Welfare in Nigeria
  • The Consumer’s Evaluation of Rice Attributes in Laos: An Application of the Hedonic Approach
  • The Impacts of Food Safety Standards on Ethiopia’s Coffee Exports: Using Gravity Model Analysis
  • Maize Markets Integration in Tanzania-Analysis and Policy Implications
  • The Impact of Migration on Agricultural Investment of Rural Households in Ethiopia
  • Dietary Diversification of Indonesian Households : An Econometric Analysis using SUSENAS Data