Edition 1/2022, 10 March 2022

We feel for all staff members, alumni and numerous cooperation partners and friends who have been directly or indirectly affected by Russia's military attack in Ukraine and wish you, your families and friends support and safe refuge.

For IAMO, as an institution active in the region, and its staff, the war also poses a number of special challenges that we are currently facing.

Independence Monument of Ukraine, Majdan, Kiev | Pixabay


Photo: Yehor Milohrodskyi | Unsplash

The IAMO Board of Directors is appalled by Russia's military attack on Ukraine, contrary to international law. We condemn it as a violation of the values and principles of respectful, peaceful and self-determined coexistence in Europe. // read more //


IAMO in the Media

Photo: Jonathan Pielmayer | Unsplash

IAMO director Alfons Balmann and IAMO expert Linde Götz have drawn attention in various interviews to the impact of the war in Ukraine on international agricultural and food markets in Europe and in developing countries. // read more //




Agriculture in the era of a pandemic © JackF | Adobe Stock

The Forum entitled “Enhancing resilience in a post-pandemic era: challenges and opportunities for rural development” will take place in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 22 to 24 June 2022. Registration is open from April 2022; discounted early bird registration until 8 May. // read more //


Photo: Jordan Cormack | Unsplash

IAMO and Alumni IAMO e.V. invite applications by alumni to an international Summer School on “Research and innovation for sustainable rural development”. The Summer School takes place 20 – 24 June 2022 in Halle (Saale), Germany. // read more //

GFFA panel discussion with Julia Harnal, Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz, Torsten Spill, Prof. Dr. Pawel Krasilnikow, Prof. Dr. Bin Zhang and Cornelia Horsch (from left to right) © IAMO

Within the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), a virtual panel discussion was held on “Securing #soilidity. Challenges and solutions for sustainable land use”. Click here for the report and the recording. // read more //


Project news

Participants of the online kick-off meeting © IAMO

On 8 February 2022, the online Kick-Off Meeting "German-Ukrainian Cores of Excellence in Ukraine" took place, jointly organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (MESU). // read more //

Dr. Oleksandr Perekhozhuk
Tel.: +49 345 2928-236

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Thomas Glauben
Tel.: +49 345 2928-200

Grain transport Ukraine | Photo: Swetlana Renner

The cooperation project "German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue" (APD) has been extended and will enter its sixth phase in 2022-2024. // read more //

Dr. Taras Gagalyuk
Tel.: +49 345 2928-326

Recent IAMO research projects

 +++ Land reform in Ukraine: new perspectives and challenges for sustainable development of the agricultural sector and rural areas (Landreform UA) +++  Ensuring an economic sustainable seafood industry during crisis (SEAVID19) +++ Research and innovation for a sustainable rural development – Strengthening the IAMO alumni network (Alumni Network)

// List of projects //


IAMO researchers Igor Ostapchuk and Taras Gagalyuk published a paper "On the acquisition behaviour of Ukrainian agricultural holding companies". Olga Polonska and Oleksandr Perekhozhuk discuss the topic "Strategic change in the Ukrainian poultry sector". (in German only) // read more //

IAMO Policy Brief 43

IAMO researchers Nodir Djanibekov and Thomas Herzfeld explain the agricultural impacts of the first COVID-19 pandemic waves and the resulting food policy response measures in Central Asia and Caucasus. // read more //


+++ IAMO director Alfons Balmann was appointed by Minister Cem Özdemir to the Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) for another three years. He was also elected as an appointed member of the DLG's General Committee for a further 3 years. +++ Daniel Müller was elected as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Global Land Programme (GLP). +++ Johanna Jauernig was accepted as a member of the Standing Field Committee "Economics and Ethics" of the German Economic Association. +++ IAMO Senior Researcher Yanjun Ren was appointed full Professor at College of Economics and Management in Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), China. +++ Maximilian Heigermoser and Zarema Akhmadiyeva have successfully defended their dissertations. +++ Congratulations! +++ IAMO welcomes Mariya Peneva (Department Structural Change) as visiting research fellow, as well as Hui Tao (Department Structural Change) and Furong Chen (Department Agricultural Markets) as visiting doctoral students. +++ IAMO welcomes Anne-Kathrin Bernsdorf (Library), Anna Czenthe (Public Relations), Robert Blumenau (Media Design and Proofreading, Publications) and Falk Schippel (Network Administration) as new staff members at IAMO. +++ New Job vacancies at IAMO: Student assistant (m/f/d) in the field of alumni work (application deadline: 20 March 2022), Student assistants (m/f/d) in the Department Agricultural Markets (application deadline: 14 March 2022)

Further selected publications

; ; (2022) Decentralized public farmland conveyance: Rental rights auctioning in Ukraine. Land Use Policy 114

; ; ; (2022) Comparing the performance of high-resolution global precipitation products across topographic and climatic gradients of Central Asia. International Journal of Climatology 42 (11): 5554-5569.

; ; (2022) Russia's food security and impact on agri-food trade. In: Wegren, S. K., Nilssen, F. (eds.): Russia's role in the contemporary international agri-food trade system (Palgrave Advances in Bioeconomy: Economics and Policies), 115-137: Palgrave Macmillan ltd.

; (2022) Becoming a young farmer in the digital age: An island perspective. Rural Sociology 87 (1): 144-185.

; ; ; ; (2022) Export competitiveness of agri-food sector during the EU integration process: Evidence from the Western Balkans. Foods 11 (1)

// List of publications //

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