Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO – University of Copenhagen

Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO

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New research questions assumptions about bushmeat hunting in the Global South

As much as 150 million rural households across the Global South may be involved in bushmeat hunting, new studies led by IFRO at the University of Copenhagen find. Hunting is prevalent in the 24 countries surveyed but only providing a small contribution to households and mainly for subsistence rather than for trade. The studies thus contradict earlier assumptions that hunting is increasingly commercial and an essential source of protein and income. The authors stress that rural food security and biodiversity conservation should be considered jointly. Read more >>

Responsible Conduct in Research

A new edition of 'RCR - A Danish textbook for courses in Responsible Conduct of Research'  was released January 2018. It is mandatory for all PhD students at University of Copenhagen to take a course in RCR. Peter Sandøe, professor at IFRO, is one of the authors of the textbook and also responsible for the RCR course.

A look at WQ's aggregation system

How do we aggregate measures of animal welfare to assess management units? In a new study IFRO researchers and colleagues from Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences compare existing practices with animal welfare experts' assessments, and find room for improvements. 'Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame?'

Mapping of ivory poaching

Better management of protected wildlife areas in southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique could enhance the protection of elephants in this ivory poaching hotspot, a new international study led by University of Copenhagen shows.