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IAMO hosted a research workshop of the SUSADICA doctoral programme

28 February 2020 - A research workshop of the “Structured Doctoral Programme on Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia” (SUSADICA) was held at IAMO in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 18 to 19 February 2020. The event was organized jointly by IAMO, Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME).

The workshop brought together ten PhD students of the SUSADICA doctoral programme, their supervisors and project coordinators with an objective of presenting and discussing the research progress, identifying synergies among individual PhD projects, and discussing field work plans and training activities in the region.

The workshop was launched by IAMO director Professor Thomas Herzfeld, Professor Martin Petrick (SUSADICA project leader from JLU), Dr. Matthias Nöllenburg (representative of Volkswagen Foundation) and Professor Akmal Karimov (TIIAME representative). During the next sessions over the two days, the PhD students presented their research projects and discussed them with other doctoral students and supervisors.

While covering the agreed plans for 2020, in addition to stay and field work by PhD students, the SUSADICA partner institutions in Germany will host several TIIAME lecturers during training stays supported by the Ministry of Innovative Development of Uzbekistan. The programme will re-launch discussion seminars on the topics of agricultural development issues inviting senior and young researchers from universities and research centers, representatives from ministries, development agencies and non-governmental organizations. Beside this, the doctoral programme will organise several module courses in TIIAME such as on academic writing and publishing, environmental and resource economics, and political economy of agricultural policies.

The SUSADICA doctoral programme is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Uzbek Ministries of Higher Education and Innovative Development. It aims at conducting cutting edge research at international standards on the topics of regional and international relevance, strengthening graduate education in the field of agricultural development in Central Asia and contributing to the academic environment in TIIAME. Ten doctoral students funded by the programme spend half of each project year in Germany at three partner institutions (IAMO, JLU and MLU) and the other half at TIIAME in Uzbekistan. The PhD research topics cover the issues of farm restructuring, agricultural innovation and technology, crop diversification, agricultural policy, environmental change and water governance in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.