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UaFoodTrade – Pilot project for the sustainable internationalization of Ukrainian research structures in the context of the globalization of the Ukrainian food sector

Research domain:
Agricultural value chains

Project duration:
15.11.2017 - 30.11.2020

The primary goal of the project is the further development and the stronger internationalization of the research and education landscape in Ukraine, in particular in agricultural and food economies.

The project consists of four closely linked components. First a joint research group will be created forming the core of the project and dealing with questions of embedding the Ukrainian food economy into regional and international markets.

In addition, the second component contains capacity building actions at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in Kyiv, Ukraine. These include summer schools, various seminars and workshops that are also open to students and teachers from other Ukrainian research institutions and universities. Research activities and capacity building actions are embedded in a project office at KSE, the third component of the project. The project office coordinates the cooperation between project locations, more specifically Germany (IAMO) and Ukraine (KSE), maintains the relations to other Ukrainian universities and coordinates the fourth component, the conceptual preparation of project continuation. Establishing a chair for "International Agricultural and Food Economy" at KSE is planned within the project beyond project funding. Perspectively, a research center is intended to be developed from this chair.


  • Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), Ukraine Website
  • Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), Ukraine Website
  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany Website
  • Kiel University (CAU), Germany Website
  • University of Missouri (Mizzou), USA Website


30 01 2019 | Dr. Oleksandr Perekhozhuk participated in the 25th anniversary of German-Ukrainian scientific and technological cooperation, which took place at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

31 01 2019 | Meeting with the Attaché for Agriculture of the German Embassy in Ukraine, Mr. Hermann Intemann. On the agenda were questions about cooperation possibilities and exchange of information with other projects and German companies operating in Ukraine.

01 02 2019 | Meeting with the representatives of the Ukrainian Association of Young Farmers: Mr. Dmytro Michurin (head of the association), Mr. Illias Akhmetov (head of the International Department) and Mrs. Larysa Levkivska (training programme coordinator). Afterwards Dr. Oleksandr Perekhozhuk held the seminar on "Writing and Publishing a Scientific Research Article" at the Zhytomir National Agroecological University (NAEUZ) for teachers, staff and Doctoral students under the direction of the dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, Mr. Oleksandr Opalov. At a meeting with Mr. Ivan Martynchuk, vice rector for scientific and pedagogical work, social and humanitarian development, a number of questions for further cooperation in education and science were discussed.

05 02 2019 | The seminar on "Writing and Publishing a Scientific Research Article" took place in Dr. Oleksandr Perekhozhuk’s lecture at the Poltava State Agricultural Academy under the direction of the dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, Mr. Oleksandr Galych. The meeting was followed by a meeting with Mr. Oleg Gorb, vice rector for Scientific Educational Work, Research and International Relations. The main topics of the meeting were questions on opportunities for cooperation and scientific exchange between the Poltava State Agricultural Academy and IAMO as part of the pilot project.

07 02 2019 | Dr. Oleksandr Perekhozhuk visited the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBiP) and met with the dean of the Faculty of Economics, Mr. Anatoliy Dibrova, and the dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Management, Mr. Anatoliy Ostapchuk. This was followed by a seminar on "Writing and Publishing a Scientific Research Article" for aspirants and economists of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine.

19 02 2019 | During the internal workshop, the IAMO project team met to discuss research results of the scientific work. Maximilian Heigermoser presented his second research study on "What Drives Black Sea Grain Prices?”. Mrs. Olga Polonska presented her research project "Impacts of environmental policies on Ukrainian agricultural producers' international competitiveness: basic partial equilibrium model".

03 - 17 03 2019 | German-Ukrainian Agricultural Economics Summer School at IAMO in Halle (Saale), Germany. Please find additional information on the summer school here: Report and Photo gallery

04 03 2019 | Olga Polonska, participant of the German-Ukrainian Summer School in Agricultural Economics, presented her experience of enrolling for doctoral studies at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg.

06 03 2019 | Maximilian Heigermoser spoke about his research results on "What Drives Black Sea Grain Prices?" at the German-Ukrainian Summer School in Agricultural Economics.

08 03 2019 | As part of the German-Ukrainian Summer School in Agricultural Economics, doctoral students Oleksandr Donchenko, Roman Neyter and Pavlo Martyshev presented their first research results. Mr. Donchenko examined the effects of the Russian import ban on agricultural products on the domestic market for fresh apples in Ukraine. Mr. Neyter presented his first results of the study on "The effect of subsidies on farms' exit decision" Mr. Martyshev spoke on "Does Currency Devaluation Increase Meat Import? An Empirical Evidence from Ukrainian Pork Industry".

11 04 2019 | Announcement of the Summer School for Doctoral Students in Agricultural Economics with the class "Scientific Writing for Agricultural Economists", which will take place from 28 to 31 May 2019 at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in Ukraine. This class is organized as part of the pilot project UaFoodTrade in cooperation with the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transformation Economies (IAMO) and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the University of Göttingen. The class will be held in English by Prof. Dr. Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel, University of Göttingen. You find further information about the summer school here. Applications can be submitted until 6 May 2019 via an online form on the website

- 28 06 2019 | The members of the project participated in the IAMO Forum 2019 "Small farms in transition: How to stimulate inclusive growth?" held in Halle (Saale). The doctoral students also presented the results of their research. During the session on Markets and trade Maximilian Heigermoser  in his presentation "What Drives Black Sea Grain Prices?" identified market-specific drivers of volatility of Ukrainian corn and Russian wheat prices; Oleksandr Donchenko spoke  about the impact of the Russian agricultural import ban on the Ukrainian fresh apple market, challenges faced by the domestic producers and apple price transmission; Pavlo Martyshev showed the effects of the currency devaluation on pork meat import volumes. Within the session on Agricultural policies and farm resilience Roman Neyter gave the presentation about the effects of subsidies in Ukraine on a farm decision to exit.

25 09 2019 | Announcement: From 28 to 29 November 2019, the workshop "Modern Research In Agricultural Economics: From Research Idea to Publication" will take place at Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in Ukraine. Applications can be submitted until Monday, 28 October, 2019 via website Further information about participation and extended abstracts submission can be found in this Call for Workshop Submission.

Archive: Activities UaFoodTrade 2017-2018