My name is Jean Merlin von Agris. I was born and raised in Germany and have lived there for most of my life. I like being outside and have always taken it for granted that I was naturally allowed so without having to justify myself. Since March 2020, radical anti-liberal forces have quickly taken over the public debate and subsequently influenced government policies. Since then, there have been several times and places in my country where it was illegal to set a foot out my door. I am now living in Sweden, because I do not feel safe and well living in a country that locks innocent citizens in their homes.
I have got a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Göttingen and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim. During my Master studies, I participated in a research project in Indonesia where I conducted field research for 4 months. In my Master thesis, I analysed how Indonesian smallholder farmers reacted to a price shock. Through my studies (and also through my love for food) I became interested in agriculture. In my eyes, ensuring that everyone has access to sufficient, adequate, healthy food is the most urgent challenge for humanity. In this age of unseen technological progress, a child dies from hunger or undernutrition every 10 seconds. At the same time, obesity has become a primary public health issue in virtually every country. But instead of tackling the issues of hunger and malnutrition, the world has gone crazy over a virus, not just distracting from the nutrition crisis but aggravating it. “A good reason” focuses on Europe for now, but I am very aware that the worst consequences of lockdowns are to be found elsewhere.
“A good reason” is an entirely voluntary project driven by deep worries about the path our societies have taken since March 2020. I quit a temporary employment in public statistics in order to escape to Sweden and then worked as a volunteer on farms in exchange for food and accommodation. Since Mid May I have also stopped volunteering to focus on getting this project done. Now, as the website is online, I will have to spend more time working for money to pay for food, rent and debts. I would like to find a way to earn money through my research, e.g. in a PhD position, but if not, I will probably just do minimum maintenance to this website. If you appreciate my research, I would be delighted to receive donations!
If you want to contact me, please write me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are very welcome to write me anything that’s on your mind. I would be particularly pleased if you reached out to me if you found any mistakes in the data or on this website or if you want to collaborate on research. Also, if you find this project helpful and want to support me financially, any donations are highly welcome!
Bank account: Jean von Agris, IBAN: DE26430609676015993700, BIC: GENODEM1GLS
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