BIOECON - BIOdiversity and Economics for CONservation


Agrobiodiversity conservation, incentives for conservation, Institutions


Ethiopia, India, Kenya


Analyze and develop an institutional approach to maintain plant genetic resources for food and agriculture on farm-level.


Case studies, Workshops, Conferences

Main Funding Partners

Funded by European UnionPartner Institutions:

  • Department of Economics, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Finnish Forest Research Institute, Helsinki Research Centre, Finland
  • Institute of International Economic Law, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Laboratoire Montpellierain D'Économie Théorique et Appliquée, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, Université Montpellier 1, France
  • Center for Economic Research, Tilburg University, Netherlands
  • Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Genetic Resources Sciences and Technology Group, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Italy
  • Centre for Environment and Development Economics, Environment Department, University of York, United Kingdom

Further information

  • First BioEcon Workshop, Rome, Italy
  • Second BioEcon Workshop, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Third BioEcon Workshop, Montpellier, France
  • International BioEcon Conference, Venice, Italy


Edilegnaw, W. and D. Virchow (2003). Economic analysis of farmers’ derived demand for variety and crop diversification in Ethiopia: what role for on-farm conservation of sorghum genetic resources? Paper presented at the First International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy held from January 3 to 5, 2003, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Virchow, D. (Ed.) (2003). Efficient Conservation of Crop Genetic Diversity: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Studies. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp: 247.

Richerzhagen, C. and D. Virchow (2002). Sustainable Utilization of Crop Genetic Diversity through Property Rights Mechanisms? The Case of Coffee Genetic Resources in Ethiopia. Paper presented at the BioECON Conference: The Economics of Incentive Mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation: Property Rights. May 30 – May 31, 2002.

Virchow, D. (2002). Is the conservation of agrobiodiversity affordable? In: agriculture + rural development, Vol. 09, No 1/2002.

Edilegnaw, W. (2001). The opportunity cost of growing traditional wheat varieties: implications for the design of targeting principles for adoption of improved varieties in Ethiopia. Paper presented at the National Workshop on Technological Changes in Ethiopian Agriculture, November 30, 2001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Duration of the Project

March 2001 - February 2004


  • Dr. John Mburu (Project leader)
  • Dr. Rao Prakash (GKVK University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore)
  • Mr. Degnet Abebaw Ejigie


John Mburu

Dr. John Mburu