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IAMO Forum

At the IAMO Forum, IAMO annually brings together decision makers from research, politics and agribusiness to exchange knowledge and experience. At the 2003 established conference series international participants present and discuss current research findings, formulate recommendations for politics and define future relevant research topics.

IAMO Forum 2021
Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy
07 - 09 June 2021 | Online conference

www.iamo.de/forum/2021

The transition to a bioeconomy is a potential game changer that may have a large impact on food and nutrition security, as well as on the ways in which agrifood systems are designed and operated. With breakthroughs in biotechnologies and a shift from fossil to renewable resources, the bioeconomy holds the potential to contribute to the sustainable development of agriculture and the countryside. At the same time, such game changing technologies and trends raise questions about the creation and evaluation of new markets and value chains, direct and indirect ecological effects at different scales and the effects of social inclusions and exclusion. Given that the bioeconomy is a relatively new field, there is significant demand for economic and interdisciplinary research to understand the potential of agricultural food systems in the transition to a bioeconomy.

IAMO Forum 2020
Digital transformation – towards sustainable food value chains in Eurasia
24 - 26 June 2020 | Online conference

www.iamo.de/forum/2020

Digital technologies reshape agricultural and food system not only in the EU but all over Eurasia creating new opportunities for more efficient, competitive and sustainable food value chains. As technological progress is rapid, prerequisites for a successful digital transformation are to be created in the form of supportive regulatory frameworks, infrastructure, human capital and consumers’ and producers’ trust. IAMO Forum 2020 aims to connect research, business, civil society and politics and promote debate on economic, social, environmental and institutional aspects of digital transformation of food value chains. The country focus is on economies of Europe, Central Asia and China, including comparative studies.

IAMO Forum 2019
Small farms in transition: How to stimulate inclusive growth?
26 – 28 June 2019 │ Halle (Saale)

www.iamo.de/forum/2019

Farms below two hectares produce one third of the global food supply. Furthermore, they are engines of agricultural growth, a reserve employment source and an important element in securing social stability in rural areas of many European and Asian transition economies. However, their future is uncertain due to a low interest in farming of the younger generation and because agricultural policy instruments rather benefit medium-size and large farms. Against this background, the IAMO Forum 2019 addresses important challenges and focuses on the interlinkages between small farm development as well as agricultural and public policies. The drivers and consequences will be debated from a social sciences perspective, including economics, political sciences, sociology, anthropology and history. The regional focus lies primarily on Europe, Central Asia and China.

IAMO Forum 2018
Large-scale agriculture – for profit and society?
27. – 29. Juni 2018 | Halle (Saale)

www.iamo.de/forum/2018

Agricultural production in transition and increasingly in developed and emerging economies is moving to larger farms. Highly integrated industrial-scale enterprises operating on hundred thousand hectares of farmland set new standards for agribusiness and attract growing interest on the part of non-agricultural investors. The IAMO Forum 2018 aims to address the economic, social, institutional, and managerial aspects of large-scale agriculture by providing a platform for presenting and discussing research on the related issues. The geographical focus of the conference is on the transition countries of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia as well as developed and emerging countries in Europe, the Americas and Australia. More information

IAMO Forum 2017
Eurasian Food Economy between Globalization and Geopolitics
21. – 23. Juni 2017 | Halle (Saale)

www.iamo.de/forum/2017

Globalization makes it imperative for Eurasian transition countries to create open and internationally competitive food economies. At the same time a number of governments are strengthening their control of domestic food chains in order to support their agro-food sector or to improve food security. IAMO Forum 2017 aims to provide a platform to discuss ongoing research and different strategies to ensure food security and intensify trade in the context of geopolitical tensions and divergent trade integration efforts. We welcome papers that analyze the impact of globalization and different crises on food chain actors, national and international markets, trade flows, food security, and policy in transition economies. The conference is organized with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and in partnership with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA). More information.

IAMO Forum 2016
Rural Labor in Transition: Structural Change, Migration and Governance
22. – 24. Juni 2016 | Halle (Saale)

www.iamo.de/forum/2016

The relevance of agriculture in formal employment dropped in many European, Central and East Asian countries over the previous decades. The mutually reinforcing and interdependent processes of non-agricultural sector development and urbanization have resulted in new dynamics and diversity in rural labour landscape. The IAMO Forum 2016 places the interlinkages between people’s mobility across localities, countries, sectors and types of employment as well as local economic development in the focus.The conference will be jointly organised with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). More information.

IAMO Forum 2015
Agriculture and climate change in transition economies
17. – 19. Juni 2015 | Halle (Saale)

The three-day international conference will explore questions on how climate change influences global agricultural production and will feature three plenary sessions, six parallel sessions and a moderated panel discussion. The conference, jointly organized by IAMO and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), will focus on transition countries in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and East Asia. The third day of the IAMO Forum 2015, called "Opportunities and challenges of climate-smart agriculture" will take place in collaboration with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA). Conference language is English. On the third conference day simultaneous interpretation (English-German, German-English) will be provided.
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IAMO Forum 2014 | The rise of the 'emerging economies': Towards functioning agricultural markets and trade relations?

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IAMO Forum 2013 | Rural areas in transition: Services of general interest, entrepreneurship and quality of life

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IAMO Forum 2012 | Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions Between Abandonment and Land Grabbing

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IAMO Forum 2011 | Will the 'BRICs Decade' continue? – Prospects for trade and growth

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IAMO Forum 2010 | Institutions in Transition - Challenges for New Modes of Governance

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IAMO Forum 2009 | 20 Years of Transition in Agriculture: What has been achieved? Where are we heading?

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IAMO Forum 2008 | Agri-Food Business: Global Challenges – Innovative Solutions

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IAMO Forum 2007 | Sustainable rural development: what is the role of the agri-food sector?

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IAMO Forum 2006 | Agriculture in the Face of Changing Markets, Institutions and Policies: Challenges and Strategies

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IAMO Forum 2005 | How effective is the invisible hand? Agricultural and Food Markets in Central and Eastern Europe

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IAMO Forum 2004 | The role of agriculture in Central and Eastern European rural development: engine of change or social buffer?

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IAMO Forum 2003 | Large Farm Management