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Pre-conference workshop at the 29th International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE)

IAMO is one of the organizers of a pre-conference workshop entitled “Agro-holdings and other types of mega-farming operations in developed and emerging economies” as part of the 29th ICAE in Milan, Italy.

During the last two decades an increasing amount of large-scale farming operations have emerged all over the world. These agro-businesses go under the name of mega farms or agro-holdings: horizontally or vertically integrated operations with farm sizes of up to 500,000 hectares and sometimes even more. However these types of farms are not only found in crop farming, but also in animal husbandry.

Although some information on agro-holdings and other forms of mega-farming operations is available, a systematic analysis of their prevalence, economic performance as well as their social and environmental implications in an international perspective is missing. The purpose of this pre-conference workshop is to bring together a number of experts working on the different aspects of agro-holdings in various parts of the world to exchange their insights into the driving forces behind the proliferation of agro-holdings, their operations and effects.

Program (version 20-8-2015)

8:45 | Opening / WelcomeAlfons Balmann - Download presentation
9:00 – 10:00 |
Session 1

  • Multi-type large-scale farming operations in China
    Zuhui Huang & Shaoshen Jin -
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  • Capital Structures For Large-Scale Agriculture: Perspectives from Australia
    Bradley Plunkett -
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10:00-10:30 | BREAK
10:30 – 12:30 | Session 2

  • Investment in Land Development: An Overlooked Dimension of the Land Grab Discourse on Frontier Agriculture
    Derek Byerlee, Will Masters and Daniel Robinson
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  • Do Agroholding Members Perform Better than Independent Farms? Evidence from the Belgorod Oblast, Orjon and Tatarstan
    Ekaterina Gataulina, Heinrich Hockmann and Anton Strokov
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  • Labor supervision in agro-holdings: Insights from post-socialist agriculture
    Martin Petrick
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  • Agro-holdings and Mega-farming: The evolution of farm networks in Argentina
    Sebastián I. Senesi, M. Daziano, Fabio R. Chaddad, H. Palau
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12:30 – 14:00 | LUNCH
14:00 – 15:30 |
Session 3

  • Productivity and Profitability developments in Ukraine: Agroholding versus independent enterprises
    Igor Ostapchuk, Alfons Balmann, Jarmila Curtiss - Download abstract and presentation
  • Strategic Role of Corporate Reputation: Transparency and Shareholder Value in Agroholdings
    Taras Gagalyuk and Alfons Balmann
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  • Swedish Black Earth: The trials and tribulations of the publicly listed,
    investor-led, Western farming model in Russia and Ukraine
    Brian Kuns, Oane Visser and Anders Wästfelt
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15:3016:00 | BREAK

29th International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE)
Pre-conference workshop:
“Agro-holdings and other types of mega-farming operations in developed and emerging economies”
8 August 2015
Milan, Italy


Dr. Ir. Frans Hermans

Dr. Ir. Frans Hermans

Research Associate
Room: 241

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