Edition 2/2019, 15 July 2019

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Anniversary “25 Years of IAMO” © IAMO

IAMO celebrates 25th anniversary

The institute celebrated “25 Years of IAMO” with a ceremony at the IAMO Forum 2019. On 26 June 2019, a large number of guests from science, politics and society came to Halle (Saale), Germany, to convey their congratulations in person. In their welcoming addresses, the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Michael Stübgen, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Science of Saxony-Anhalt, Thomas Wünsch, and Leibniz President Matthias Kleiner praised the institute's achievements in research on the agricultural and food sector in the former central plan countries of East and Southeast Europe, Central Asia and China. The networking and exchange with the partner institutions in the target countries, the interdisciplinarity and methodological range of the research topics, the promotion of young scientists as well as the committed third-party funding strategy of the institute were particularly appreciated. In the ceremonial address that followed, the renowned economist Aleksander V. Gevorkyan from St. John's University in New York, USA, discussed the transformation of European agriculture since the political shift 30 years ago. Finally, the more than 200 honorary guests, conference participants and staff from around 30 different countries gathered to cut the anniversary cake and have a drink on the institute's grounds.

Sina Lehmann
Tel.: +49 345 2928-329

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Large Farm Management Conference © Ukrainian Agribusiness Club

Large Farm Management Conference

As a cooperation partner, IAMO supports the 10th International Conference “Large Farm Management” (LFM) in Kiev, Ukraine, on 18 September 2019. It is the only business conference in CIS and Europe that fully covers all the major aspects of successful farm management. The event is a must-visit conference for anyone who wants to learn more about innovations in management of agricultural companies, latest technologies from market leaders and to acquire new business contacts. The Large Farm Management Conference provides a platform for the discussion of developments in practice and fundamentals of farm and agribusiness management. More than 500 agricultural producers, leading investors and representatives of innovative start-ups and service companies are expected to attend the event. The conference is organized by the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club and the UCABevent Agency in cooperation with IAMO, the International Competence Center on Large Scale Agriculture (LaScalA) and other partners from science, business and the mass media. Further information can be found on the conference website.

You get 20 % registration discount with the promocode “IAMO_LFM19”.

10th International Conference “Large Farm Management” (LFM)
18 September 2019
Kiev, Ukraine

Taras Gagalyuk
Tel.: +49 345 2928-326

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Thomas Glauben and Nasriddin Najimov sign the Memorandum of Understanding © IAMO

German-Uzbek Government Working Group on Agriculture met in Tashkent

On 12 June 2019, IAMO participated in the 2nd meeting of the German-Uzbek Government Working Group on Agriculture of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. IAMO Director Thomas Glauben and the scientists Ihtiyor Bobojonov and Lena Kuhn were members of the expert group of the German government delegation led by Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Stübgen. In an intensive exchange with the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Jamshid Khodjaev, and other representatives of the Uzbek Ministry of Agriculture, research institutions and associations, it was decided to intensify cooperation, especially in the field of certified agriculture, digitization and export promotion. Following the meeting, Thomas Glauben and Nasriddin Najimov, Agency of Horticulture and Greenhouse Development under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote cooperation between the two institutions.

Thomas Glauben
Tel.: +49 345 2928-200

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German Bundestag in Berlin, Germany © pitsch22 │ Fotolia.com

IAMO in dialogue with members of the Bundestag

Once a year, the Leibniz Association organizes an event entitled “Leibniz in the Bundestag”. In this context, IAMO Director Alfons Balmann met with two members of parliament for bilateral talks in the German Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, on 4 June 2019. In an exchange with MP Caren Lay (DIE LINKE), Alfons Balmann gave a scientific assessment of land markets and land market regulation. The agricultural economist spoke with MP Hermann Färber (CDU) about the social responsibility of agriculture and considerations on limiting and redistributing EU direct payments.

Alfons Balmann
Tel.: +49 345 2928-300

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ENHANCE summer school in Bucharest, Romania © IAMO

ENHANCE project assessed as successful by EU

Despite the relatively short project duration of three years, the twinning project “Building an Excellency Network for Heightening Agricultural Economic Research and Education in Romania” (ENHANCE), funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Research Framework Programme, was assessed as very successful by the EU. Against the background of the still very important position of the agricultural and food sector in the Romanian economy, (future) agricultural economists need a profound understanding of modern micro- and macroeconomic methods and techniques. This knowledge was imparted by the international partners in the form of workshops and summer schools. The events were specifically aimed at master students, PhD students and staff members of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (USAMV), Romania, but also at other universities in the country and in other transition countries. The EU emphasized that ENHANCE has decisively strengthened the position of the USAMV as an educational and research institution in agricultural economics. Under the leadership of the USAMV, the project was carried out by IAMO together with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria, and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (Agroscope), Switzerland, from 2016 to 2018.

Further information on ENHANCE can be found on the project website.

Thomas Herzfeld
Tel.: +49 345 2928-100

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Food trade © Piman Khrutmuang │ Fotolia.com

Fairer trading practices in EU food value chains are complex

The EU HORIZON 2020 funded project “Understanding Food Value Chains and Network Dynamics” (VALUMICS) published first results related to fairer trading practices, food integrity and sustainability collaborations in EU food value chains. By conducting the stakeholders' surveys across selected European countries, including both EU and EEA Member States countries, the issue of fairer trading practices and transparency are identified as a core obstacle for food value chain stakeholders in all five selected case studies (salmon to fillets, wheat to bread, beef cattle to steak, dairy cows to milk and tomato to canned tomato). The project objective is to open new perspectives for policy makers, both in government and within the food industry sector, based on new modelling approaches, consumer research, foresight analysis and synthesis into policy options.

The current report is available on the VALUMICS project website.

If you would like to join the stakeholder platform for further VALUMICS news and results, please sign up here.

Ivan Duric
Tel.: +49 345 2928-241

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Simulation game FarmAgriPoliS © IAMO

Experiencing the challenges of modern agriculture

The interactive simulation game FarmAgriPoliS has recently become available for international users. With FarmAgriPoliS, players can run an agricultural business in competition with computer-controlled neighboring companies. As part of the research group “Structural Change in Agriculture” (SiAg), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the business simulation was developed for behavioral experiments on the strategic management of farms between 2011 and 2014. The game was derived from the spatial-dynamic agent-based agricultural structure model AgriPoliS. With the support of the Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, the interactive simulation game FarmAgriPoliS was made available to the German-speaking public for testing their own agricultural management skills in 2016.

Try the simulation game FarmAgriPoliS! You can find the German version and English version of the game here. 

Franziska Appel
Tel.: +49 345 2928-117

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Beef and mutton meat shop in Shiraz, Iran © Alexeiy │ Fotolia.com

Meat renounced due to high price increase in Iran

In June 2019, IAMO launched a new project on “Determinants of Iran’s Red Meat Crisis: Multidisciplinary Analysis of Supply Chain Governance” (Red Meat Crisis). The recent “red meat crisis” in Iran shows that there is no efficient supply chain for meat. This fact has consequences for the relevant sectors. According to the Iranian Statistical Center, in February 2019, lamb and beef prices were increased more than double compared to the same month in the year before. Unfortunately, massive increase of meat imports (approximately 200 percent) and the distribution of subsidized imported red meat (lamb) could not solve the crisis. Given this rapid price jump and the low level of income, many people are forced to remove meat. In that respect, the aim of this research project is to apply Production Network Analysis (PNA) to identify approaches to improve the efficiency of meat value chains in the province of Khorasan Rasavi. The one-year project is part of the Leibniz Research Alliances “Crises in a Globalised World”. Further information on the project can be found here.

Tinoush Jamali Jaghdani
Tel.: +49 345 2928-218

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Uncertainty regarding food shopping © maria_savenko │ Fotolia.com

Uncertainty about green genetic engineering

As part of the project “The Ethics and Economics of Modern Agricultural Myths” (AgriMyths), IAMO is examining the background to why green genetic engineering has been provoking such a heated debate among consumers for decades. Although science almost agrees that green genetic engineering is no riskier than conventional breeding methods, many German consumers are still very uncertain about genetically modified food. Together with the Chair of Business Ethics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, IAMO is researching the factors that influence attitudes towards new technologies and are related to the image building and acceptance of green genetic engineering. The project is supported by the ScienceCampus Halle – Plant-based Bioeconomy (WCH) by funds of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt and the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE).

IAMO is currently conducting an online public survey on the subject of green genetic engineering. We would be very pleased about your participation! (available only in German)

Gabi Waldhof

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Exhibition “25 Years of IAMO - Faces of Diversity” © IAMO

IAMO sets an example for social diversity

With the exhibition project “25 Years of IAMO - Faces of Diversity” and its participation in the German Diversity Day in Halle (Saale), Germany, IAMO is committed to its diverse institute culture and sets an example of cosmopolitanism, tolerance and respect.
The exhibition “25 Years of IAMO - Faces of Diversity” was presented to a public audience for the first time during the Long Night of Science in Halle (Saale) on 5 July 2019. The portraits and statements by IAMO staff illustrate the diverse institute culture that has been lived and developed at IAMO over the past 25 years. The participants were asked what a diverse society means to them, what they value about it and where they see the challenges for it. The project was initiated and implemented by Franziska Appel and Sven Dryja.

On 28 May 2019, IAMO participated in the 7th German Diversity Day together with local institutions of the Leibniz Association from Halle (Saale). Visitors to the marketplace were invited to create a mosaic of colorful and multifaceted stones with the logo of the Leibniz Association consisting of blue stones in the middle. With this campaign, Franziska Appel, Equal Opportunities Commissioner, and Miao-ling Hasenkamp, Equality and Diversity Coordinator, wanted to illustrate the high importance of cosmopolitanism, tolerance and respect in the Leibniz Association. The Diversity Day takes place annually as a nationwide action day of the association “Charter of Diversity”.

Franziska Appel
Tel.: +49 345 2928-117

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Thomas Glauben was awarded a degree of Honorary Doctor © IAMO


During an official ceremony on 13 June 2019, stated to award to IAMO Director Thomas Glauben the title of “Honorary Doctor of Science” (Dr. h.c.) of Tashkent State Agrarian University, Uzbekistan, for great achievements in development of education and agricultural science. +++ IAMO scientist Lijuan Miao has been awarded one of three Best Paper Awards at the 1st iEMSs Regional Conference in Nanjing, China, on 19 May 2019. +++ On 13 May 2019, Nadine Wettstein successfully defended her doctoral thesis on “Brand Loyalty in Food - an Analysis under Consideration of Dynamic Processes on the Example of Frozen Pizza in Germany between 2000 and 2008” +++ Another IAMO scientist, Iroda Amirova, successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Collective Action, Institutions and the Evolution of Central Asian Irrigation Water Governance” on 17 June 2019. +++ IAMO is pleased to welcome the scientists Shovkat Khodjaev, Barchynai Kimsanova, Hongbin Liu, Daniel Schau, the Coordinator for Equality and Diversity, Miao-ling Hasenkamp, as well as Sina Ziegner in the field of processing of external funds and accounting as new staff members.

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Selected publications

Ahmed, O., Abdelradi, F. (2019): Understanding the dependence structure between the futures and spot prices of wheat in Egypt, International Journal of Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Business Models, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 20-37. Download

Balmann, A. (Hrsg: AgroPortal) (2019): Як українській аграрній освіті підготувати кваліфікованих спеціалістів? Download

Buchenrieder, G., Gnilachi, N. J., Benjamin, E. (2019): Poverty alleviation through microcredit in Sub-Saharan Africa revisited: New evidence from a Cameroonian village bank, the Mutuelle Communautaire de Coissance, Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp. 386-407. Download

Chatalova, L., Wolz, A. (2019): Globale Entwicklungen, regionale Förderprogramme und zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement, in: Nell, W., Weiland, M. (Hrsg.): Dorf: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch, S. 227-234. Download

Demoustier, J., Herzfeld, T. (2019): Aspekte der Agrarpolitik 2018, German Journal of Agricultural Economics, Jg. 68, Nr. Supplement, S. 1-17. Download

Döpke, J., Fritsche, U., Waldhof, G. (2019): Theories, techniques and the formation of German business cycle forecasts: Evidence from a survey of professional forecasters, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik = Journal of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 239, No. 2, pp. 203-241. Download

Epstein, D., Gagalyuk, T. (2019): Regression analysis of sale growth factors and resilience of agricultural enterprises in the North-West of Russia (part 2), Ekonomika sel’skochozjajstvennych i pererabatyvajuščich predprijatij, Moskva, Jg. 2019, Nr. 1, S. 48-57.

Golovina, S., Hess, S., Nilsson, J., Wolz, A. (2019): Networking among Russian farmers and their prospects for success, Post-Communist Economies, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 484-499. Download

Hermans, F., Geerling-Eiff, F., Potters, J., Klerkx, L. (2019): Public-private partnerships as systemic agricultural innovation policy instruments – Assessing their contribution to innovation system function dynamics, NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, Vol. 88, pp. 76-95. Download

Hou, L., Chen, X., Kuhn, L., Huang, J. (2019): The effectiveness of regulations and technologies on sustainable use of crop residue in Northeast China, Energy Economics, Vol. 81, pp. 519-527. Download

Kvartiuk, V., Curtiss, J. (2019): Participatory rural development without participation: Insights from Ukraine, Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 69, pp. 76-86. Download

Ren, Y., Li, H., Wang, X. (2019): Family Income and Nutrition-related Health: Evidence from Food Consumption in China. Social Science and Medicine. Download

Roth, S., Valentinov, V., Kaivo-oja, J., Dana, L. P. (2018): Multifunctional organisation models: A systems-theoretical framework for new venture discovery and creation. Journal of Organizational Change Management 31 (7): 1383-1400. 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. Food Security 11 (3): 733-752. Download

Unay Gailhard, I., Bavorova, M., Bednařiková, Z., Ponkina, E. (2019): “I Don’t Want to Work in Agriculture!” The Transition from Agricultural Education to the Labor Market in Rural Russia, Rural Sociology, Vol. 84, No. 2, pp. 315-349. Download

Yu, C., Huang, X., Chen, H., Godfray, H. C., Wright, J. S., Hall, J., Gong, P., Ni, S., Qiao, S., Huang, G., Xiao, Y., Zhang, J., Feng, Z., Ju, X., Ciais, P., Stenseth, N. C., Hessen, D. O., Sun, Z., Yu, L., Cai, W., Fu, H., Huang, X., Zhang, C., Liu, H., Taylor, J. (2019): Managing nitrogen to restore water quality in China, Nature, Vol. 567, No. 7749, pp. 516-520. Download

Zhang, L., Sun, Z., Zhang, S. (2019): Transformation and development of characteristic agriculture under the background of supply-side reform: A case study of bee industry, Research of Agricultural Modernization, Jg. 1, Nr. 40, S. 63-71. Download

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