The mission of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy (AEP) Group is to be a key player in research and education on (1) agricultural and food markets, (2) rural areas and landscapes, and (3) institutional and organisational aspects of agriculture, agribusiness and rural areas. The AEP-group is focussing on developed countries. However, the transformation of agriculture from being mainly a food producer to a producer of both food and green services in the western world is increasingly observed worldwide. For this reason, research is also directed towards economies in transition (e.g. Eastern Europe and China) and developing countries.