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Institutional change in land and labour relations of Central Asia’s irrigated agriculture

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Thematic complex:
Policies and institutions
Project duration:
01.07.2015 - 30.06.2019
Investigated countries:
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan

AGRICHANGE is a research project funded by the VolkswagenStiftung within the funding initiative "Between Europe and the Orient – A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus". The research project is aiming at a more comprehensive understanding of change processes by promoting theory development and empirical research, and at integrating local universities and their scholars into international academic networks. It takes a long-run, evolutionary perspective and attempts to understand institutional change in its social, historical and cultural context. The project’s focus is on comparative analysis of institutional change at the micro level in irrigated agriculture in two provinces of the two most populated countries of the region, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Such approach allows a meaningful diversification with regard to analytical perspectives coming from a variety of social science paradigms, and a set of quantitative and qualitative empirical methods utilized within the project’s research areas.

The AGRICHANGE researchers represent various social science disciplines, including development studies, economics, rural planning, and social anthropology. Important goals of the project are to enhance the mutual cooperation of social scientists across Central Asia and to provide researchers originating from the region a unique opportunity for career development.

A guiding principle of the project is that of mutual learning within an interdisciplinary and intercultural research team. The research project brings together the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle (Saale), the Kazakh National Agrarian University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the Samarkand Agricultural Institute in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, as well as a scientific reflection board of international senior experts who will be engaged in mentoring the project partners.

Project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Ukilyay Kerimova (Kazakh National Agrarian University, Kazakhstan)
  • Dr. Gulnar Bekenova (Kazakh National Agrarian University, Kazakhstan)
  • Dr. Saule Yessengaziyeva (Kazakh National Agrarian University, Kazakhstan)
  • Prof. Dr. Olim Murtazaev (Samarkand Agricultural Institute, Uzbekistan)
  • Dr. Shavkat Hasanov (Samarkand Agricultural Institute, Uzbekistan)
  • Dr. Ibragim Ganiev (Samarkand Agricultural Institute, Uzbekistan)



30.10.-01.11.2018 | Conference “Social science knowledge and sustainable agricultural development along the Silk Road”
21.03.2018 | Guest lecture on “Central Asia in the Twenty-first Century” by Professor Richard Pomfret
23.-24.11.2017 | Conference "Sustainable land and water management in dryland ecosystems in Central Asia" Turkmenistan
20.02.-24.03.2017 | Winter School 2017 at IAMO
24.-25.11.2016  | Workshop "The political economy of agricultural policy in state-managed economies: Central Asia and beyond"
15.-22.08.2016 | Summer School 2016 in Uzbekistan
08.02.-18.03.2016 | Winter School 2016 at IAMO
14.-18.09.2015 | Summer School 2015 in Kazakhstan


05.09.2018 | IAMO teams up with Asian Development Bank to support economic diversification in Kazakhstan
29.01.2018 | IAMO delegation meets Uzbekistan's Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources
28.11.2017 | Turkmenistan in search of strategies to modernise agriculture and adapt to climate change - Ashgabat conference on sustainable land and water management
31.01.2017 | IAMO researchers support doctoral education in Uzbekistan
02.11.2016 | Samarkand Conference starts today
27.04.2015 | Volkswagen Foundation promotes new IAMO research project

Project publications

Amirova, Iroda; Petrick, MartinDjanibekov, Nodir (2022) Community, state and market: Understanding historical water governance evolution in Central Asia. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 200, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Amirova, Iroda; Petrick, MartinDjanibekov, Nodir (2022) Investment traps and resilience to shocks: An experimental study of Central Asian collective water governance. Irrigation and Drainage, 1–14. Download

Amirova, Iroda; Petrick, Martin; Djanibekov, Nodir (2019) Long- and short-term determinants of water user cooperation: Experimental evidence from Central Asia. World Development 113: 10-25. Download

Mukhamedova, Nozilakhon; Wegerich, Kai (2018) The feminization of agriculture in post-Soviet Tajikistan. Journal of Rural Studies 57: 128–139. Download

Ganiev, Ibragim; Sanaev, Golib; Pardaev, Khusniddin (2018) Career expectations of undergraduate and graduate students at agricultural universities in Uzbekistan. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 179, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Murtazaev, Olim (2018) История развития кооперативов в Узбекистане и их преобразование на современном этапе. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 178, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Hasanov, Shavkat; Sanaev, Golib (2018) Non-farm employment trends and policy in rural areas of Samarkand region (Uzbekistan). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 176, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Bekenova, Gulnar (2017) Карьерные ожидания студентов, магистрантов и докторантов в сельскохозяйственных университетах Казахстана. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 169, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Esengazieva, Saule (2017) Влияние несельскохозяйственного бизнеса на уровень занятости в сельской местности Южно-Казахстанской области. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 168, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Kerimova, Ukilyay (2017) Текущая роль производственных и обслуживающих кооперативов в сельском хозяйстве Южного Казахстана (Current role of production and service cooperatives in agriculture in southern Kazakhstan). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 167, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Wegmarshaus, Gert-Rüdiger (2017) Uzbekistan’s higher education and research system: Main actors and recent reforms of doctoral graduation. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 165, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Ganiev, Ibragim; Djanibekov, Nodir; Hasanov, Shavkat; Petrick, Martin (2017) The state of doctoral research in Uzbekistan: Results of a survey of doctoral students in agricultural economics. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 164, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download


		Dr. Nodir Djanibekov

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov

Research Associate
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Project Staff

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov (Project leader)
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Nozilakhon Mukhamedova

Iroda Amirova

Saule Burkitbayeva

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick
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