This book is the outcome of my research engagement at the Justus Liebig University Giessen. I started my PhD studies in 2008 at the department of Agricultural and Development Policy under the supervision of venerated Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. P. M. Schmitz. I would herewith like to take the opportunity to thank those who guided me through this challenging episode of my life and supported me whenever the ‘downs’ dominated the ‘ups’, and beyond. Foremost, I would like to express my gratitude to the lord of the heavens and the earth for giving me the strength, health, family and wisdom to achieve this milestone. From the bottom of my heart I thank my beloved parents Sadiqa and Mirza Naeem for making me the person that I am and facilitating this great success in every respect. Thank you for your prayers and giving me encouragement and hope whenever I needed it most. Words can’t describe how thankful I am to my beloved wife Usma and daughters Umaiza and Aliza for being endlessly tolerant and giving me the extra time in office that I needed. Thanks to my lovely sister Nadia for her support and advice. Thanks to my niece Serena and my brother (in-law) Shafaat for believing in me. I would also like to thank my parents-in-law Hafeez and Razia Bhatti for their kind support. My academic achievements would not have been possible without the valuable guidance and support of my mentor, teacher and supervisor, honorable Prof. Schmitz. He has paved...
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