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New research project to promote sustainable agriculture in Uzbekistan

A kick-off workshop of the project “Better understanding of the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in Uzbekistan” (UzFarmBarometer) was held at the Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), Uzbekistan, on 11 October 2023.

The primary objective of the workshop was to introduce the project idea to potential stakeholders, marking the commencement of a collaborative research endeavor between WIUT, the project partner in Uzbekistan, and IAMO.

The kick-off workshop brought together researchers and analysts from various national and international organizations who deal with agriculture and farming sector in Uzbekistan. The project coordinator Nodir Djanibekov introduced the workshop participants to the vision and activities planned for the project’s next 24 months. The project leader Thomas Herzfeld provided insights on the role of behavioral factors in farmers’ decisions that could be relevant for the Uzbekistan’s context. IAMO’s doctoral researchers Abdusame Tadjiev and Zafar Kurbanov delivered empirical examples how farm survey data can be used for contributing to ongoing discussions on agricultural policies in Uzbekistan.

Workshop agenda
Presentation Nodir Djanibekov
Presentation Thomas Herzfeld
Presentation Abdusame Tadjiev
Presentation Zafar Kurbanov

The UzFarmBarometer project is aimed at better understanding of motivations and constraints of decision making by Uzbekistan’s farmers. It specifically emphasizes the research on adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. To answer variety of research questions, the project partners will launch and manage a nationally representative farm survey and approach a sub-sample of farmers for a more comprehensive analysis over a selected set of behavioral characteristics. The theories, methods, and data of the project will be offered to doctoral researchers and analysts in Uzbekistan through a series of capacity building activities.

Given the current lack of modern, high-quality, dynamic micro-level data for studying farmers in Uzbekistan, another important component of the project is to bring together stakeholders to set up a permanent data collection infrastructure for the nationally representative farm survey in Uzbekistan.

The project is a part of the joint initiative between Germany and Uzbekistan for scientific collaboration and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.


Dr. Nodir Djanibekov

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov

Research Associate
Room: 119

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld

Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld

Director of IAMO
Head of Department Agricultural Policy
Room: 117

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