Edition 1/2019, 9 April 2019

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IAMO Forum 2019: Registration for early bird ticket prices

From 26 to 28 June 2019 the IAMO Forum 2019 entitled “Small farms in transition: How to stimulate inclusive growth?” takes place in Halle (Saale), Germany. Experts from science, politics, society and agriculture will discuss the framework conditions, challenges and perspectives of small farms and their role in the development of agriculture at the conference. The geographical focus will be on the transition economies of Europe, Central Asia and China. The following experts have already confirmed their participation in the plenary sessions and moderated panel discussions of the IAMO Forum: Petr Jehlička, Open University, United Kingdom, George Rapsomanikis, FAO, Italy, Aleksandr Gevorkyan, Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University, USA, Stephen Wegren, Southern Methodist University, USA, Heather Xiaoquan Zhang, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Sergiy Zorya, World Bank, Uzbekistan, Svetlana Edmeades, World Bank, USA, Sara Savastano, IFAD, Italy, Sophia Davidova, University of Kent, United Kingdom, Lino Dias, VP Smallholder at Bayer AG, Germany, and Alexander Petrikov, VIAPI, Russia. The event is organised by IAMO‘s department of External Environment for Agriculture and Policy Analysis in cooperation with the World Bank (Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia) and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the state of Saxony-Anhalt, the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe - Global Area” (EEGA) and the city of Halle (Saale).

Admission tickets at an early bird price of 270 euros (instead of the regular 345 euros) are available until 5 May 2019. Bachelor's and Master's students pay a reduced price for participation. Registration and further information on the conference can be found here.

IAMO Forum 2019
Small farms in transition: How to stimulate inclusive growth?

26 – 28 June 2019 | Halle (Saale), Germany

Anna Feshchenko
Tel.: +49 345 2928-121

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Effects of social media on the marketing of agricultural products

In January 2019, IAMO launched the project “Digitalization in Agriculture - The social media impact on agri-food marketing” (AgriDigital). Within the research project, the effects of social media on the relationships between agri-food producers and consumers will be evaluated. A special focus is on what agri-food producers should consider when creating their marketing campaigns. IAMO director Thomas Glauben and IAMO researchers Ivan Duric and Borislav Rajkovic are collaborating with partners from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. The two-year project is financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Further information on the project can be found here.

Ivan Duric
Tel.: +49 345 2928-241

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Consumer trust in agricultural and food businesses in the Western Balkans

Within the project “Determinants of consumer trust towards agro-food systems in Western Balkan” (eTrust-Food), IAMO researchers investigate the links between consumers and value chain actors in the agricultural sector. Understanding consumer behaviour is of crucial importance for the countries that are aiming at accession to the large structured markets (such as EU) where understanding consumer needs represent one of the most important tools for being competitive. Therefore, the research team aims at identifying consumer trust factors and then to analyse marketing promotion strategies of agro-food companies that regain or enhance consumer trust. The project is supported by the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and the TUM School of Management at the Technical University Munich, Germany, as well as by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Further information on the project can be found here.

Borislav Rajkovic
Tel.: +49 345 2928-251

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Online survey on agricultural land markets

As part of the DFG research group “Agricultural Land Markets - Efficiency and Regulation” (FORLand), IAMO is conducting an online survey together with the University of Bonn, Germany. Rental and purchase prices for agricultural land have risen continuously in recent years. This fact is particularly relevant for farmers. In their research, the project's scientists therefore deal with the questions of how land markets function and how regulations affect farmers and society. The aim of the survey is to find out the views of farmers, including sole traders, shareholders, owners and employees. The FORLand project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Here you can participate in the online survey until 18 April 2019.

Johanna Jauernig
Tel.: +49 345 2928-136

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Workshop on tensions between agriculture and society

A workshop entitled “Agriculture and society: A multi-stakeholder dialogue for stable and sustainable development” (UaAgriDialog) for researchers, academics and representatives from practice, politics and civil society will take place in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Ukrainian agriculture is increasingly becoming the focus of public attention, with topics such as the development of large export-oriented farms, the agricultural land market, the exploitation of rural resources and infrastructure. The workshop serves as a platform to discuss tensions in Ukrainian agriculture as well as public and private policy instruments. The aim is to find ways to resolve existing tensions and to achieve a win-win situation for all stakeholders. In addition, the event is intended to contribute to more in-depth knowledge about the sustainable development of agriculture in Ukraine. The workshop is organised by IAMO together with Zhytomyr National Agroecological University, Ukraine, and a Ukrainian association of young farmers. The workshop is financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from funds of the German Foreign Office (AA). Further information on the workshop can be found here.

Inna Levkovych
Tel.: +49 345 2928-232

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Participants of the SUSADICA kick-off workshop in Halle (Saale), Germany © IAMO

Kick-off workshop for graduate programme

As part of the cooperation project “Structured doctoral programme on sustainable agricultural development in Central Asia” (SUSADICA), a workshop took place in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 26 to 27 March 2019. The event was jointly organised by IAMO, Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME). The workshop was launched by SUSADICA project leader Martin Petrick, Professor of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy at JLU, the Prorector for International Cooperation at TIIAME, Abdulhakim Salokhitdinov, and the SUSADICA project coordinator at TIIAME, Shavkat Hasanov. Afterwards, all participants of the doctoral programme were given an opportunity to present their research projects and discuss them with other doctoral students and their supervisors. The goals of graduate education include the ability to conduct independent research and integration into a network of international partners and events. The focus is on research topics that link the international academic debate with agricultural development challenges in Central Asia. The workshop was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and two Uzbek ministries. Further information on the kick-off workshop can be found here.

Nodir Djanibekov
Tel.: +49 345 2928-128

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Participants of the summer school in Halle (Saale), Germany © IAMO

German-Ukrainian Agricultural Economics Summer School

Together with the Institute for Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), IAMO organised a German-Ukrainian Summer School in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 3 to 17 March 2019 on the subject of “Foundations of Agricultural Economics”. The Ukrainian PhD students were taught theoretical concepts of the economy for the evaluation of agricultural policy measures. They comprehended the peculiarities of agricultural market analyses, concepts and methods of empirical welfare analysis, as well as governance problems and agricultural policy interventions. At the same time, the participants gained insight into the German internal and external research system of agricultural science. Furthermore, the PhD students visited several agricultural enterprises and production sites in the vicinity of Saxony-Anhalt. The summer school took place as part of the "Pilot project for the sustainable internationalization of Ukrainian research structures in the context of the globalization of the Ukrainian food sector" (UaFoodTrade). The event was supported by the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), Ukraine, as a partner and financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Further information on the summer school can be found here.

Oleksandr Perekhozhuk
Tel.: +49 345 2928-236

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Science Lounge with panelists © IAMO

Opportunities and risks of digitization in agriculture

On 6 March 2019, a Science Lounge with experts from research, business and politics was held on the topic “Digitization in Agriculture” in the Café 7gramm in Halle (Saale), Germany. On the podium, Matija Zulj, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Agrivi, Oleksandr Verzhykhovskyi, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the agricultural company IMC SA, and IAMO researcher Ivan Duric discussed the challenges of digitization in German and Eastern European agriculture together with guest of honour Thomas Wünsch, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitization of Saxony-Anhalt. Sensor technology, use of drones, statistics-based algorithms for harvest estimation, precise sowing and fertilization, apps for farmers – there are extensive opportunities to use smart technologies. The guests agreed that significant cost and labour savings can be achieved through digitization. For the expansion of digitization, however, the corresponding prerequisites for a functioning infrastructure and the targeted training of workers must also be created. The Science Lounge was presented by Ina Volkhardt from the ScienceCampus Halle (WCH). The event was organised by IAMO together with the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA) and the ScienceCampus Halle - Plant-based Bioeconomy (WCH). Further information on the Science Lounge can be found here.

Daniela Schimming
Tel.: +49 345 2928-330

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Insecurities and price developments in the agricultural sector

In December 2018, IAMO participated in the organisation of a plenary session at the annual conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World” on the topic “Making Crises Visible/Invisible” in Berlin, Germany. The conference session “Food insecurity, food price developments, and social protests” was organised within the working group “Humanitarian Crises” by the coordinator of the research alliance, Stefan Kroll, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, and co-spokesman of the working group, Linde Götz, IAMO. IAMO researcher Osama Ahmed focused in his presentation on “Post-Arab Spring macroeconomic reforms and price developments in the wheat-to-bread supply chain in Egypt”. From the point of view of agricultural economics, he examined the effects of the political changes of the Egyptian government concerning the price developments in agricultural supply chain. In order to combat food insecurity in a country where famine is worrisome, further actions down the marketing chain are required in order to increase the competitive behaviour of this chain and facilitate smooth price transmission such as develop a market information system using online market to increase the competitiveness between all actors along the supply chain. Further information on the annual conference can be found here.

An article on project work in Egyptian farming by Osama Ahmed can be found here.

Linde Götz
Tel.: +49 345 2928-327

Osama Ahmed
Tel.: +49 345 2928-250

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IAMO Policy Brief 36 © IAMO

Farm Restructuring in Uzbekistan

In March 2019, researchers Martin Petrick and Nodir Djanibekov published the IAMO Policy Brief 36 entitled “Farm Restructuring in Uzbekistan: What Next?”. In January 2019, the Uzbek government initiated a new wave of farm consolidation. In order to enable a successful transformation of agriculture, the output and factor markets must be gradually liberalized and care taken to ensure that all farmers receive undistorted market signals and access to an optimal set of supporting public services. The IAMO Policy Brief 36 aims to evaluate the success of farm restructuring in the Uzbek agricultural sector and examines how policy makers can promote agricultural competitiveness without losing sight of the social consequences of reforms. The publication appears in German, Russian and Uzbek. The issues can be downloaded free of charge here.

Nodir Djanibekov
Tel.: +49 345 2928-128

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Coordinator Anett Krause

Promotion of young scientists at IAMO

Since February 2019, IAMO coordinator Anett Krause has been supporting the institute's researchers as part of the “Young Scientists Programme”. An essential main task of IAMO is the qualification of young academics. In addition to structured scientific training and supervision, researchers are also supported outside their purely technical qualifications. In order to further expand the support work in the promotion of young scientists, e.g. due to the special “Scholarship and Guest Programme”, an additional position was created to coordinate the “Young Scientists Programme”. In this area, Anett Krause is the contact person for PhD students and postdocs. She advises on scientific information and further training programmes, develops new formats for the promotion of young scientists, supports the scientific management of the doctoral programme and is involved in various networks. Parallel to her work at IAMO, Anett Krause is currently a lecturer in science communication at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Anett Krause
Tel.: +49 345 2928-137

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IAMO staff members © IAMO


IAMO director Alfons Balmann is a member of the newly founded “Länderarbeitskreis Osteuropa” of the German Agricultural Society (DLG). The working group is intended to promote exchange within the agricultural sector and international specialist work with a focus on the countries of Eastern Europe. +++ IAMO director Thomas Glauben is a member of the Leibniz Research Network “Eastern Europe”. The network includes the expertise of 21 Leibniz institutes whose research is dedicated to topics of Eastern Europe. +++ Since February 2019, Petra Zehler has been stepping up as the provisional manager of the administration and director of IAMO. Currently, a new staff member is being searched for this position. +++ IAMO welcomes the researchers Milad Abbasiharofteh, Hendrik Bluhm, Mayra Peña Guerrero, Christoph Kahle, Franziska Ollendorf, Jana Plogmann, Atabek Umirbekov and Lanjiao Wen to the department of Structural Change. Mukhayyo Djuraeva, Bekhzod Egamberdiev and Afsanek Ehsani will be welcomed in the Agricultural Markets department, also Suray Charyyeva, Antje Jantsch, Zafar Kurbanov, Golib Sanaev and Abdusame Tadjiev in the Agricultural Policy department. In addition, Sven Dryja as a janitor, Anett Krause as coordinator of the “Young Scientists Programme” and Andrea Polzius as guest consultant started their activities at the institute.

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The Agricultural Policy department and Structural Change department (TRAFOBIT project) are looking for student assistants in order to support the research activities. Further information on the job vacancies can be found here.

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All publications

IAMO Annual 2018

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IAMO Policy Brief

Petrick, M., Djanibekov, N. (2019): Farm restructuring in Uzbekistan: What next?, IAMO Policy Brief No. 36, Halle (Saale). Download

IAMO Discussion Paper

Svanidze, M., Götz, L. (2019): Spatial market efficiency of grain markets in Russia and global food security: A comparison with the USA, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 187, Halle (Saale). Download

Kvartiuk, V., Herzfeld, T. (2019): Welfare effects of land market liberalization scenarios in Ukraine: Evidence-based economic perspective, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 186, Halle (Saale). Download

Koester, U., von Cramon-Taubadel, S. (2019): Besonderheiten der landwirtschaftlichen Kreditmärkte, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 185, Halle (Saale). Download

Koester, U., von Cramon-Taubadel, S. (2019): Besonderheiten der landwirtschaftlichen Arbeitsmärkte, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 184, Halle (Saale). Download

Svanidze, M., Götz, L., Duric, I., Glauben, T. (2019): Food security and the functioning of wheat markets in Eurasia: A comparative price transmission analysis for the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 183, Halle (Saale). Download

Krivonos, E., Kuhn, L. (2019): Trade and dietary diversity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 182, Halle (Saale). Download

Koester, U., von Cramon-Taubadel, S. (2019): Preisbildung auf dem Bodenmarkt, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 181, Halle (Saale). Download

Koester, U., von Cramon-Taubadel, S. (2018): Ableitung optimaler Preisrelationen in einer geschlossenen und offenen Volkswirtschaft: Der neoklassische Ansatz, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 180, Halle (Saale). Download

IAMO Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector

Kuhn, L. (2018): The brink of poverty: efficiency and effectiveness of targeted social assistance for poverty reduction in rural China, Vol. 92, Halle (Saale). Download

Further selected publications

Aarnoudse, E., Bluemling, B., Qu, W., Herzfeld, T. (2019): Groundwater regulation in case of overdraft: national groundwater policy implementation in north-west China, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 264-282. Download

Akhmadiyeva, Z., Abdullaev, I. (2019): Water management paradigm shifts in the Caspian Sea region: Review and outlook, Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 568, pp. 997-1006. Download

Amirova, I., Petrick, M., Djanibekov, N. (2019): Long- and short-term determinants of water user cooperation: Experimental evidence from Central Asia, World Development, Vol. 113, pp. 10-25. Download

Brosig, S., Bavorova, M. (2019): Association of attitudes towards genetically modified food among young adults and their referent persons, PLOS ONE, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 1-19. Download

Curtiss, J., Gagalyuk, T., Epstein, D., Unay Gailhard, I. (2018): Russian farm economic resilience in the context of structural adjustments: The case of the Northwest Region and the 2008 economic crisis, in: Agrarian Perspectives XXVII. Food Safety – Food Security: Proceedings of the 27th International Scientific Conference, pp. 28-35. Download

Duric, I., Rajkovic, B., Zaric, V., Glauben, T. (Hrsg: Middell, M., Naumann, K.) (2018): EEGA Workshop "Food 4.0 and globalization: chances and challenges for the Western Balkans - the role of the consumer in changing global food supply chains". Download

Elferink, M., Schierhorn, F. (Hrsg: The Diplomat) (2019): The Dormant Breadbasket of the Asia-Pacific. Download

Epstein, D., Curtiss, J., Gagalyuk, T., Unay Gailhard, I. (2018): Resilience of Agricultural Enterprises, Analysis of the Importance of Its Factors and Integration Processes (According to the Data of Northwest of Russia), in: Epomen Scientific Journal No. 15 (July 2018): Proceedings of the 14th International conference "Agrarian Economy of Russia: Problems and Vectors of Development", S. 243-275. Download

Epstein, D., Gagalyuk, T. (2018): Regression analysis of sale growth factors and resilience of agricultural enterprises in the North-West of Russia - Part 1, Ekonomika sel’skochozjajstvennych i pererabatyvajuščich predprijatij, Moskva, Nr. 12, S. 25-32.

Hankerson, B., Schierhorn, F., Prishchepov, A., Dong, C., Eisfelder, C., Müller, D. (2019): Modeling the spatial distribution of grazing intensity in Kazakhstan, PLOS ONE, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 1-27. Download

Jauernig, J., Uhl, M. (2019): Spite and preemptive retaliation after tournaments, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 158, pp. 328-336. Download

Jurkenaite, N., Duric, I. (2018): Impact of the Russian Trade Bans on Lithuanian Pork Sector, Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 481-491. Download

Otoo, M., Gebrezgabher, S., Danso, G., Amewu, S., Amirova, I. (2018): Market adoption and diffusion of fecal sludge-based fertilizer in developing countries: Cross-country analyses, Resource Recovery & Reuse Series No. 12, Colombo. Download

Prishchepov, A., Ponkina, E., Sun, Z., Müller, D. (2019): Revealing the determinants of wheat yields in the Siberian breadbasket of Russia with Bayesian networks, Land Use Policy, Vol. 80, pp. 21-31. Download

Unay Gailhard, I., Bojnec, S. (2019): The impact of green economy measures on rural employment: Green jobs in farms, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 208, pp. 541-551. Download

Will, M., Roth, S., Valentinov, V. (2018): From nonprofit diversity to organizational multifunctionality: a systems-theoretic proposal. Administration and Society 50 (7): 1015-1036. Download

Xu, L., You, L., Sun, Z., Zhang, S. (2018): Beekeepers' perception of climate change and its influencing factors: a case study of Sichuan Province, Acta Agriculturae Zhejiangensis, Jg. 30, Nr. 6, S. 1089-1098. Download

Yin, F., Sun, Z., You, L., Müller, D. (2018): Increasing concentration of major crops in China from 1980 to 2011, Journal of Land Use Science, Vol. 13, No. 5, pp. 480-493. Download

Yin, Q., Tang, H., Ran, R., Sun, Z. (2018): Supporting capacity and structural optimization of water resources in the oasis city of Urumqi, China, Water Policy, Vol. 20, No. 6, pp. 1112-1128. Download

Zorya, S., Djanibekov, N., Petrick, M. (2019): Farm restructuring in Uzbekistan: How did it go and what is next?, World Bank Working Papers No. 1, Washington, D.C. Download

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