Edition 3/2023, 15 December 2023

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The functions and roles of land will be the focus of IAMO Forum 2024 | Photo: ARochau © Adobe Stock

Next IAMO Forum will take place from 26-28 June 2024 to discuss "The Functions of Land in Times of Change: Environmental, Social, and Economic perspectives" in Halle (Saale), Germany. Submit your paper until 11 February! // read more //

Dr. Franziska Appel
Tel.: +49 345 2928-117

Grain transportation at the port | Foto: Fukume © AdobeStock

Within the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), IAMO in cooperation with the German Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) organises a panel discussion on “Sovereign, resilient, sustainable. World food and agricultural production of the future on the Eurasian continent”. // read more //

Prof. Dr. Alfons Balmann
Tel.: +49 345 2928-300

A look back: Conferences and meetings

Janine Pinkow-Läpple at the panel discussion in Zagreb, Croatia | Photo: Juro Avgustinovic © Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

On 23 November, the study "Croatia's (hidden) potential - Highly skilled, young remigrants as agents of change" was presented in Zagreb, which is dedicated to the return paths of Croatian millennials, especially since the country joined the EU in 2013. IAMO researcher Janine Pinkow-Läpple was a guest in a panel discussion focusing on the relevance of remigration for Croatia. //read more//

IAMO participated in numerous events in China to strengthen international cooperation © NW A&F University

In a commendable effort to bolster international partnerships and foster collaborative initiatives, particularly with Chinese partners, Professor Thomas Glauben, Director of IAMO and Dr. Zhanli Sun together with other IAMO colleagues, recently participated in a series of conferences and events in China. // read more //

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

Dr. Zhanli Sun
Tel.: +49 345 2928-331

Leibniz institutes at the InooWeek in Tashkent © IAMO

From 15 to 20 October 2023, IAMO researcher Nodir Djanibekov participated in the German delegation to Uzbekistan organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and attended the InnoWeek in Tashkent. // read more //

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

Alfons Balmann at the panel discussion in Berlin © The Future of Food and Farming

IAMO Director Alfons Balmann sees the need for a turning point in German and EU agriculture and agricultural policy. He explained this in the talk program "The Future of Food and Farming - Green Fields, Red Figures: Profitability in Agriculture" on October 12, 2023 in Berlin. //read more//

Project news

SUSADICA final symposium in Tashkent © IAMO

On 12-14 October 2023, project partners from Germany and Uzbekistan gathered for a final academic symposium of the Structured doctoral programme on Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia (SUSADICA) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. // read more //

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

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick
Tel.: +49 641 9937050

Kick-off workshop in Tashkent, Uzbekistan © WIUT

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. // read more //

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

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

Participants of the CAWAMNET workshop © IAMO

At a workshop on 14 and 15 September 2023 at IAMO in Halle (Saale) an important step was taken towards a better understanding of the climate-water-migration nexus in Central Asia. // read more //

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

Dr. Kathleen Hermans
Tel.: +49 345 2928-142

DITAC data survey in Hubei, China | Photo: Lena Kuhn © IAMO

In August 2023, a data collection was conducted in the Chinese province of Hubei as part of the DITAC project. The focus was to gain insights into the use of digital technologies in China's agriculture. // read more //

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

Dr. Zhanli Sun
Tel.: +49 345 2928-331

Recent IAMO research projects

News from IAMO institute

Relaunch of IAMO's web presence

IAMO's website launched its new design in November. The main objectives of the relaunch were graphic modernization, a better overview of information for users and the implementation of EU directives on accessibility
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IAMO in Halle (Saale) | Photo: Markus Scholz © IAMO

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) has been successfully evaluated in 2023. After completion of the regular scientific evaluation, the Senate of the Leibniz Association recommends the continuation of funding. // read more //


In the latest issue of Russian Analytical Digest, IAMO researchers published articles on "Russia's grain exports and supply risks during the war against Ukraine" and on the "Strategic importance of the Russian Volga river system". //read more//

Land degradation | Photo: Radhey Khandelwal © Unsplash

In a newly published article in Nature Sustainability, IAMO scientists Kathleen Hermans and Daniel Müller call for expanding the current research agenda on environmental migration and emphasize the necessity of including land degradation as a key element in migration and displacement studies. // read more //

Dr. Kathleen Hermans
Tel.: +49 345 2928-142

Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller
Tel.: +49 345 2928-328

IAMO in the Media

MDR Wissen © MDR

MDR Wissen published an article in which IAMO researcher Florian Schierhorn is critical of a recent study that states that agriculture could reach negative climate emissions by 2025.
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Ilkay Unay-Gailhard | Photo: Markus Scholz © IAMO reports on IAMO researcher Ilkay Unay-Gailhard's study, which recommends the use of TikTok by young farmers to get involved the global discourse on agriculture and climate change.
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+++ Daniel Müller is one of the most frequently cited scientists in the world. This was recently announced by Clarivate with its list of "Highly cited researchers 2023". We congratulate him on this recognition! +++ At the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V., the conference paper by Tinoush Jamali Jaghdani, Thomas Glauben, Sören Prehn, Linde Götz and Miranda Svanidze titled "The Stability of Global Wheat Trade Network in the Post-Soviet Era - A Trade Duration Approach" was recognized as one of the best conference papers (see article). +++ Laura Moritz, who recently completed her doctorate, was delighted to receive the Best Poster Award for her poster presentation on the KlimAlez research project, which she presented at the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) conference in Rennes at the beginning of September 2023 (see article). +++ We would also like to congratulate Linde Götz on her election to the Board of the European Association of Agricultural Economists, to which she will belong for the coming period from 2023 to 2026. +++ We are also proud of our trainee Lena Kümmel, who completed her apprenticeship as an office management assistant at IAMO this year with excellent results. From now on, she supports the administration in the digitalization of administrative processes. +++ Laura Moritz successfully defended her dissertation on "Index insurance for agriculture: Adoption behavior and its impact in Central Asia" on 11 September 2023. Sarvarbek Eltazarov successfully defended his doctoral thesis "The potential of satellite-based data to detect weather extremes and crop yield variation for hedging agricultural weather risks in Central Asia and Mongolia: Three essays" on 11 December 2023. Cordial congratulations to both of them. +++ We welcome new employees at IAMO: Ahmed Shinwari and Marlen Tynaliev in the Agricultural Policy Department, Mawussi Soviadan and Mancang Gu in the Agricultural Markets Department as well as Mahmoud Solaiman to join the network administration team and Chiara Streich as a new trainee in the Administration Department. We would also like to welcome Bahareh Mosadegh Sedghy at IAMO, who is spending a one-year research stay in the Agricultural Markets Department. We wish them all a good and prosperous time at the Institute! +++ Finally, we are sorry to announce some sad news: IAMO mourns the loss of its long-time colleague and friend Professor Heinrich Hockmann, who passed away in Halle on 30 October 2023 after a serious illness. In his almost twenty years of work in the Institute's Agricultural Markets Department, Heinrich Hockmann made a significant contribution to establishing IAMO's industrial economics-oriented research and market and productivity analysis at the highest international level (see article). +++

Further selected publications

; (2024) Digital technologies as a driver of resilience and institutional transformation: The case of Ukrainian agroholdings. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 27 (1): 5-25.

; (2023) Globaler Agrarhandel: robustes Sicherheitsnetz zur Reduktion von Hungerrisiken in Krisenzeiten. Wirtschaftsdienst 103 (7): 491–499.

; ; (2024) Dynamics of food demand during political instability: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan. Agricultural Economics 55 (1): 41-53.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2023) Gridded livestock density database and spatial trends for Kazakhstan. Scientific Data 10

; ; ; (2024) The impact of demographic dynamics on food consumption and its environmental outcomes: Evidence from China. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 23 (2): 414-429.

; ; (2023) Does zero tillage save or increase production costs? Evidence from smallholders in Kyrgyzstan. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 21 (1)

; ; (2023) An examination of digital empathy: When farmers speak for the climate through TikTok. Journal of Rural Studies 102

; (2024) Stakeholder theory: Exploring systems-theoretic and process-philosophic connections. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 41 (2): 301-315.

; ; ; (2023) Village funds and poverty reduction in Indonesia: New policy insight. Discover Global Society 1

(2024) Social capital effects on resilience to food insecurity: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan. Journal of International Development 36 (1): 435-450.

; ; ; (2023) The role of smartphone-based weather information acquisition on climate change perception accuracy: Cross-country evidence from Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Climate Risk Management 41

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