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Workshop on tensions between agriculture and society in Ukraine

22 May 2019 - A workshop entitled “Agriculture and society: A multi-stakeholder dialogue for stable and sustainable development” (UaAgriDialog) for researchers, academics and representatives from practice, politics and civil society will take place in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, from 22 to 24 May 2019. The event is organised by IAMO jointly with the Zhytomyr National Agroecological University and a Ukrainian association of young farmers.

In recent years, the agricultural sector has become the engine of the Ukrainian economy. Almost 40 percent of Ukrainian exports are agricultural and food products. The agricultural sector has become both, an important source of foreign exchange and a major employer for the rural population. This development goes hand in hand with the development of large corporate export-oriented enterprises, also known as agroholdings, which are often associated with detrimental societal effects such as dispossession and distributional injustice in rural areas. As a result, agriculture is increasingly becoming the focus of public attention. In addition, there is an ongoing debate about agricultural land market, the exploitation of rural resources and infrastructure, and the negative environmental impact of intensive soil cultivation without any adequate compensation from agricultural enterprises for rural development.
The three-day workshop will provide a platform to discuss tensions in Ukrainian agriculture as well as instruments of public and private policies which can be used to resolve the existing tensions and to achieve a sustainable win-win situation for all actors involved. The workshop will contribute to more profound knowledge on the sustainable development of agriculture in Ukraine. The event will contain lectures by experts, a panel session, an excursion and a group work.

The workshop is financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from funds of the German Foreign Office (AA). The official language during the event will be English.

Abstracts can be submitted until 10 April 2019.

UaAgriDialog Workshop
„Agriculture and society: A multi-stakeholder dialogue for stable and sustainable development“

22 - 24 May 2019
Zhytomyr | Ukraine