Edition 1/2023, 20 March 2023

News in this edition: Early bird registration for the IAMO Forum 2023 from 27 March until 7 May +++ IAMO expanding cooperation with Uzbek universities +++ Second phase of the Agricultural Policy Dialogue Western Balkans started +++ Alfons Balmann interviewed by MDR and Planet Wissen on the future of agriculture +++ Ukraine-Analyses on EU integration and rural development (in German) +++ and much more.

Photo: Leon Ephraïm © Unsplash


Photo: Valdis Skudre © Adobe Stock

This years's IAMO Forum entitled “International Agricultural Trade, Geopolitics and Global Food Security” will take place in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 21 to 23 June 2023. The registration opens on 27 March, the early bird registration at reduced rates is available until 7 May.
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Thomas Glauben (in the center) with students in Samarkand © SAMAGUNI

In January, IAMO director Thomas Glauben visited several Uzbek cooperation partners for bilateral meetings and exchange with students. // read more //

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

Dr. Ihtiyor Bobojonov
Tel.: +49 345 2928-247

Dr. Lena Kuhn
Tel.: +49 345 2928-323

Project news

IAMO XR Lab (3d Environment) © FOODScopeVR

On 1 January 2023, the project "FOODScopeVR" was launched. With the help of the new IAMO XR Lab, young scientists will investigate consumer behaviour in Serbia and seek to identify determinants, such as trust, transparency and traceability, along food value chains.
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Dr. Ivan Duric
Tel.: +49 345 2928-241


Participants of the APD Western Balkan kick off workshop © IAK

The second phase of the Agricultural Policy Dialogue Western Balkans was kicked off in a workshop at the IAK Agrar Consulting in Leipzig on 28 February 2023. // read more //

Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld
Tel.: +49 345 2928-100

Dr. Thomas Dufhues
Tel.: +49 345 2928-148

Dr. Judith Möllers
Tel.: +49 345 2928-245

Participants of the workshop © IAMO

On 2 and 3 March 2023 IAMO hosted a research workshop of the Structured Doctoral Programme on Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia (SUSADICA). During the workshop doctoral students presented their research findings and plans for the following activities were prepared. // read more //

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov
Tel.: +49 345 2928-128

Participants of the workshop | Photo: Sara Žerić

The project “Transnational Families, Farms and Firms: Migrant Entrepreneurs in Kosovo and Serbia from the 1960s to today” (TraFFF) held its first thematic workshop. // read more //

Dr. Thomas Dufhues
Tel.: +49 345 2928-148

Dr. Judith Möllers
Tel.: +49 345 2928-245

IAMO in the Media

Photo: belyjmishka © Adobe Stock

In an interview with MDR Wissen, Alfons Balmann underlines the potential of digitalisation and mechanisation for the future of agriculture and emphasises that it is not the farmers who are entirely responsible for finding solutions (in German).
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Alfons Balmann interviewed on "Planet Wissen"

Agriculture must renew itself, not least because of climate change and the loss of biodiversity. But which concepts are sustainable? In the program "Planet Wissen" Alfons Balmann talked about societal expectations, conflicting goals, and the possibilities of technological progress in agriculture (in German). // read more //


The articles in issue No. 277 of Ukraine Analyses were written within the framework of the IAMO projects on land reform in Ukraine (Landreform UA) and the German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD-Ukraine), with the contribution by Inna Levkovych on changes in land use in Ukraine, and Taras Gagalyuk as responsible editor (in German).
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IAMO scientists from the MIND STEP project and their partners at the University of Bonn published their work on surrogate modeling of detailed farm-level models using state-of-the-art neural networks.
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Living with the Land © De Gruyter

Published by De Gruyter and co-edited by IAMO alumnus Dietmar Müller, this handbook from the Contemporary European History series provides an overview of historical knowledge on a variety of topics related to the land and does so through a distinctly activity-centric and genuinely European perspective. // read more //


+++ IAMO director Thomas Glauben was awarded an honorary doctorate by Nordic International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 6 January 2023, for his outstanding contribution to the development of research and teaching. We congratulate him on this award. +++ On 4 January 2023 Daniel Müller was honoured by the Humboldt University of Berlin with an extraordinary professorship for outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Congratulations! +++ On 19 December 2022 IAMO researcher Michel Kabirigi successfully defended his dissertation. The thesis was titled: "The diffusion and adoption of crop disease management practices among banana farmers in Rwanda: The importance of proximity dimensions“. We congratulate him on his achievement. +++ Antje Jantsch is a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Political Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada from 8 March to 5 April. Together with Professor Steven Weldon, she is investigating the attitudes of young people in rural areas towards politics and whether they plan to live in the countryside in the future.+++ At IAMO we welcome Anna Feshchenko back to the team after parental leave and are pleased to introduce two new staff members: Daniela Ana researches in the RuWell project in the Agricultural Policy Department since January and Desjana Grymshi has been a PhD student in the Agricultural Policy Department since March. We wish them much success for their activities and PhD projects at IAMO! +++

Further selected publications

; ; (2022) Agricultural policy development in Moldova over one decade: Recent estimates and an outlook towards EU accession. Economy and Sociology (2): 6-20.

; ; ; (2023) Does forest farm carbon sink projects affect agricultural development? Evidence from a Quasi-experiment in China. Journal of Environmental Management 335

; (2023) Young farmers in “The New World of Work”: The contribution of new media to the work engagement and professional identities. Rural Sociology 88 (2): 426-460.

; ; ; ; (2023) Multi-objective spatial optimization to balance trade-offs between farmland bird diversity and potential agricultural net returns. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 345

; ; (2023) Profession and residency matter: Farmer's preferences for farmland price regulation in Germany. Journal of Agricultural Economics 74 (3): 816-834.

; ; ; ; ; ; (2023) Climate-related risk modeling of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) disease incidence within cropland area of Rwanda. Plant Disease 107 (7): 2017–2026.

; ; ; (2023) Human-made disaster in a decentralized context: How Czech municipalities are dealing with the Ukrainian crisis. Public Money & Management 43 (4): 367-369.

; (2023) Toward a theory of multifunctional liberalism: Systems-theoretical reflections on the nature of statehood. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 40 (6): 945-954.

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