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15 November 2021 | Press Release 14/2021

Memorandum of Understanding signed between IAMO and Uzbekistan's Ministry of Agriculture

On 11 November, the Uzbek Minister of Agriculture Jamshid Khodjaev and IAMO Director Thomas Glauben signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Munich to further intensify the cooperation between the institute and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The document establishes four main points: Firstly, the cooperation in modernising the education system of Tashkent State Agricultural University and other universities as well as various research institutes of the Ministry will be further developed. Secondly, research and teaching capacities are to be expanded in the field of digitalisation of the food economy in Uzbekistan. Thirdly, a systematic exchange of experience and know-how on the impacts of climate change and on corresponding adjustments in the Uzbek agricultural and food sector will be pursued. Finally, IAMO and the Uzbek Ministry of Agriculture agree to cooperate intensively in the field of science-based transfer of policies and technologies.

With more than 32 million inhabitants, Uzbekistan is by far the most highly populated country in Central Asia and lies at the centre of the new Silk Road. It plays a key role in the region in terms of both economic and security policy and is therefore an important partner country for German development cooperation. In recent years, Uzbekistan's economy and agricultural sector have developed well. Important export products are gold, cotton, fruit and vegetables and natural gas. Uzbekistan also participates in some transnational regional projects of German development cooperation, among others in the areas of state rule of law, quality infrastructure, trade, sustainable use of natural resources, vocational training and drug prevention. These regional programmes are intended to facilitate an exchange of experience and strengthen cooperation between the Central Asian states. IAMO's goal is to use its research to contribute to the agricultural and food economy of its partner countries and to provide perspectives for innovation.

In Uzbekistan, the Memorandum of Understanding has lifted the cooperation between research and politics on a new level. Glauben states: "The agricultural and food sector plays a key role in Uzbekistan's economic development, especially in the context of climate change and digitalisation. Therefore, intensive cooperation in the field of agro-economic research and education is of particular importance. IAMO considers the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry as an important cornerstone of further cooperation."

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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