Agricultural Economics Research Institute of Turkiye (AERI) was established in late 1996 as a part of the Turkish Agricultural Research Project. AERI receives financial and technical support from a World Bank Loan.
AERI reports to the Ministers Office (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs-MARA) through an Executive Committee, which oversees financial and administrative operations of the Institute.
The Institute has a two-pronged mission:
- To provide agricultural economics re-search that is relevant to the policy makers and essential for the development of a market oriented agri-food industry in Turkiye; and
- To create indigenous capacity to conduct such research.
In order to accomplish its mission AERI prepares and implements research projects and disseminate research results to appropriate audiences by publishing the research results and organising conferences and workshops.
The Institute is set up to fulfil a part of its research program in-house, to do joint work with other organisations whenever applicable, and to contract out certain projects that cannot be done in-house or through a co-operative research arrangement.
- In-house research program focuses on monitoring the developments in primary agriculture and producing market outlook information, and conducting domestic policy analysis;
- Competitive and Co-operative research programs address the issues that are determined by the Institutes Research Council. Research Council operates under an independent Chair and involves stake holders and a range of clients, and advises the Institute on research priorities.
Research projects are carried out by the staff members seconded from MARA and research associates recruited from outside the government on short term contracts. Research staff are organised as project teams.
In order to utilise national and international expertise, AERI aims to collaborate in research with universities and other research centres in Turkiye and abroad.
AERI can engage other researchers at consultative capacity as well as it could be engaged in similar fashion by various clients of national and international origin.