MESCI-Development Economics and International Cooperation

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Development Economics and
International Cooperation

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Stronger together: the power of farmers' organizations

Small family farms make up 85 per cent of all farms worldwide, and smallholder farmers make up the majority of the world’s rural poor. To mitigate the challenges that come with working in isolation − and to increase profitability and productivity − these smallholders often form organizations.

Working together makes it easier for small-scale farmers to access raw materials such as seeds, water and fertilizer and to aggregate their yields, enabling them to reach larger markets. This in turn allows them reduce costs and improve their bargaining power, better positioning them to improve their food security and move out of poverty. And when farmers thrive, other players in the food system benefit, too.

But to fulfil this role, these organizations often need tailored attention and support. IFAD recognises the central role of farmers’ organizations in smallholder development and is committed to supporting them in building their capacity and strengthening their ability to perform.

In 2005, IFAD established the Farmers’ Forum, a framework for the partnership between IFAD and organizations of smallholder farmers. [more]


The exam session has begun

Christmas holidays are getting closer and the end of the first semester is about to end. Good luck to all Mesci students for this first goal!

Mesci Tutors 2019/2020

Ciao Carmen

Dear MESCI family,

It is with deep sorrow and profound sadness that we announce the passing away of our friend and colleague Carmen.

She worked tirelessly and never lost her drive and commitment to her work and to all of us, in spite of her very difficult battle with cancer. Carmen always had a smile, an energy and a presence. She filled a room with sunshine.

Working with her has been a privilege and now our hearts are broken for the loss of this incredible woman who has been the pillar and the hearth of our programme.

She will be deeply missed.

Our thoughts go to her sisters and to her daughters.


Leave your memory for Carmen

Nobel Prize in Economics 2019

The economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer are the winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics. Their work adopts an experimental approach in studying global poverty, which will dominate the scenario of Development Economics in the next future. World Bank's most recent data display that more than 700 million people live in extreme poverty and their research will considerably improve our ability to fight global poverty. Their first findings date back to mid 1990's with surprising results. Since then, over 5 million Indian children have benefited from effective poverty-reduction policies, like tutoring programs in schools. Another example is represented by the subsidies for preventive health care that have been introduced in many countries. The winning of this year Nobel Prize, thus, is only the conclusion of a long-standing path, which helped to undertake and achieve strong improvements in developing countries' welfare.
Finally, another little but relevant good news is that Esther Duflo is the second woman in history receiving the Nobel, 10 years after the first winner. Having obtained the renowned prize at 46 years old, she also classifies as the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, evidencing all the value of their work.

Mesci Tutors 2019/2020

Workshop on "Coping with large migration flows in low and middle income countries"

The Italian Center for International Development (ICID) of CEIS (Center for Economic and International Studies) of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", organizes a Workshop on International Development.

The report analyzed the challenges that low and middle income countries face in dealing with large flows of refugees and migrants and especially on the interventions that can support their efforts in providing refugees with access to social protection.

 Mesci Students 2019/2020
Roma, October 22nd 2019

MESCIs at Villa Mondragone

On 25th of June Villa Mondragone hosted the annual Tor Vergata's Economics seminar. Lectures and discussions among academics, young economists and international hosts on sustainable development and the future of globalization took place here. MESCIs students enjoyed the conference and the view of beautiful roman lanscape from the Villa.

MESCI's students in front of Villa Mondragone.

An incredible MESCI's year has already ended

The las week of lessons spent with Dominick Salvatore (professor with honors, director of Fordham University Phd program) closed this MESCI's academic year 2018/19.

The class of this year was one of the best the programme has ever had. We wish to all of them the achievement of their goals in meaningful careers for building a more inclusive and sustainable society.

We are looking forward to meet the incoming students who will start the program in September!

MESCI students 2018/19 with professor Dominick Salvatore

Climate change simulation's game

Sustainable development, environment and climate change is the last course before Easter's Break. Professor Alessio  D'amato involved us in a climate change simulation game, during which we figured as nations in charge to reach a climate agreement. As good international cooperation's students we are, we came to the final agreement to not exceed the 2.2 °C increasing in temperature by 2030. Maybe homo economicus is going toward the extinction, giving the way to the cooperative man?

Mesci students with professor Alessio D'Amato.

Refugee Integration Workshop in Barcelona

From 18 until 21 of February 2019 MESCI students attended the joint workshop “Temporary reception facilities in Barcelona: searching for urban refugee integration”. As a result of a one-week interdisciplinary teamwork with other students from the universities Grenoble-Alpes, UIC Barcelona and TU-Darmstadt a variety of promising ideas and policy recommendations were generated on the subject of refugee integration.


Presentations on the final day of the joint workshop at UIC Barcelona

Food Systems, Nutrition and Agenda 2030 at 45th CMS FAO

From 15 until 19th October 2018 MESCI students participated in the 45th session of The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in FAO, Rome. CFS is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for meaningful dialogue and interaction for all stakeholders working together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.


The students of 2018-2019 MESCI academic year in front of FAO headquarters in Rome