Introduction

Korea Agricultural Economics Association

Dear Members and Visitors,

Boasting a proud history of 63 years since our founding in 1957, the Korean Agricultural Economics Association has since served as a forum for vigorous academic debate on all kinds of issues pertaining to agriculture and rural communities. It is our hope that, in the future, the association will continue to play a central role in presenting the theoretical framework for the agricultural sector’s drive to bring about a paradigm shift in the field of agricultural administration with a focus on human lives and the environment. Furthermore, we aim to dedicate our utmost efforts towards contemplating fundamental issues of agricultural economics such as the price and distribution of agricultural products and the problem of arable land in concert with relevant stakeholders, in addition to establishing the necessary educational and research environment to vitalize the relevant research field.
This year, we were faced with the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, as a result of which our agricultural sector and rural communities are undergoing multifarious changes amidst significant hardships. These changes include the non-face-to-face economic structure, which has recently been dubbed the “untact” economy, as well as the dissemination of low-density lifestyles and the acceleration of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the digital economy. Although these societal changes pose a threat to our agricultural sector and rural communities, they also have the potential to present significant opportunities. For example, the exploration of new values is expected to increase the residential demand for rural areas, which had been suffering from a deepening population shortage, while the rising global focus on food security has shed new light on the importance of agriculture and food. Amidst these circumstances, the pioneering efforts of our association is crucial in mounting an agile response as a society. To this end, we hope to capitalize on these potential opportunities to further elevate the educational and academic standard of agricultural economics as a discipline in Korea.
In closing, I would like to express my sincere hope for the swift end of the COVID-19 pandemic, and humbly request your keen interest and participation in the diverse forums of academic debate to come in the future. Thank you very much.
Hong-Sang Kim
The 41st President of the Korean Agricultural Economics Association