Kentaro Kawasaki

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo*Profile is at the time of the award.

2024Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
Agricultural Development and Wildlife Conflicts: Empirical Evidence from Bhutan
Agriculture is confronted with numerous risks, including weather-related disasters, pests, and diseases. This study specifically targets the risk of wildlife damage, with Bhutan as the study site. Bhutan, renowned for its focus on forest and wildlife conservation, experiences harvest losses of up to 30% due to wildlife damage. This damage not only discourage farmers' investment in new technologies such as new varieties, machinery, and fertilizers but also affects their motivation to produce. The objective of this study is to clarify the effect of electric fences on the sustainable development of agriculture through statistical analysis and field surveys.


Bhutan, renowned as the Land of Happiness, hosts a farming community facing deep poverty. Wildlife damage is one of the serious issues exacerbating this poverty. I am committed to making every effort to conduct research that can help alleviate such distress.

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