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07 December 2021 | Press Release 15/2021

Centre for Food and Land Use established at the Kyiv School of Economics

A new research centre has been established 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), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Based at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in Ukraine, the Center for Food and Land Use will research and evaluate socio-economic developments in the Ukrainian agricultural sector. IAMO is a co-founder of the Center, and Prof. Thomas Glauben and Dr. Oleksandr Perekhozhuk are associated members.

In 2017, a German-Ukrainian Project Office was established at KSE, paving the way for the development of the research centre. A joint research group consisting of researchers from KSE and IAMO was also created when the UaFoodTrade project was launched. One of the project’s goals was to establish a research centre for agricultural economics. This newly established research centre will take on challenging and important tasks, including economic analyses at an international level that will have a broad impact on Ukrainian research and academia. It will provide stakeholders in the private and public sectors with data-based information to use in their decision-making processes. In-depth studies of agri-food markets and value chains will be used to answer questions relating to food safety and sustainable land use as well as to evaluate and assess agricultural and land policy measures.

Ukraine’s geopolitical importance lies in its location at the intersection of Europe and Asia. Even three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the development gap between Ukraine and Western Europe remains as wide as ever. The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated preventive measures worldwide have again exposed weaknesses in the Ukrainian economy. Although it has experienced its share of crises over the past decades, the Ukrainian agricultural sector remains the “shining light” of the Ukrainian economy due to its high export surpluses in crop commodities. However the growth that is needed to sustainably modernise the Ukrainian economy cannot be achieved through agricultural commodity exports alone. Nevertheless, the food sector must remain an important pillar of the Ukrainian economy as its most successful asset. The German government supports the political and economic stabilisation of Ukraine through an action plan that involves ministries, implementing and partner organisations, industry, academia and civil society.

According to IAMO Director Prof. Thomas Glauben, “The research centre is another building block in the effort to internationalise Ukrainian research and education in agricultural and food economics. It is an important means of connecting projects between IAMO and KSE as well as other Ukrainian research institutes and universities.”

About IAMO

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) analyses economic, social and political processes of change in the agricultural and food sector, and in rural areas. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia. IAMO works to enhance the understanding of institutional, structural and technological changes. Moreover, IAMO studies the resulting impacts on the agricultural and food sector as well as the living conditions of rural populations. The outcomes of our work are used to derive and analyse strategies and options for enterprises, agricultural markets and politics. Since its founding in 1994, IAMO has been part of the Leibniz Association, a German community of independent research institutes.

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