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Agricultural Restructuring, Water Scarcity and the Adaptation to Climate Change in Central Asia: A Five-Country Study


Thematic complex:
Organisation of agriculture
Project duration:
01.04.2014 - 30.09.2016
Investigated countries:
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

+++ Within the scope of the project the IAAE Inter-Conference-Symposium "Agricultural Transitions along the Silk Road: Restructuring, Resources and Trade in the Central Asia Region" was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 4 - 6 April 2016. For detailed information see the conference website: +++

Two decades after national independence, the five Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (CA5) have various and unique records in the following areas: restructuring attempts and outcomes in agriculture; policy formation to address water-related problems; and strategies to tackle climate change. Research has progressed slowly, however, because there is little exchange of researchers between the CA5 countries, a lack of a centralized database, and existing studies focus on technical details. The objective of this pilot project for partnership in science, research and education is to tackle these obstacles on the way to an analytically sound and policy-relevant understanding of the water-farm restructuring nexus. The selection of the project consortium reflects the desire to improve analytical capacity and policy relevance from within the CA region. The project covers five country studies prepared by five teams of scientists, one from each CA5 country. The project cooperates with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, to complement the research portion, along with two summer schools and two networking events.

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04.04.2016 | AGRIWANET wrap-up workshop at the IAAE Inter-Conference Symposium "Agricultural Transitions along the Silk Road"
22.09.2015 | IAMO summer school in Kazakhstan educates and links young scientists from Central Asia
13.08.2015 | Joint organized symposium by IAMO and IFPRI at 29th International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE)
17.06.2015 | Joint organized session by IAMO and IWMI at the IAMO Forum 2015
17.-24.4.2015 | AGRIWANET Kick-off Workshop and Summer School: IAMO und MLU bring researchers together from five Central Asian countries to discuss sustainable water use research project on Central Asia


04.05.2016 | German Federal Ministry of Education and Research recognizes successful IAMO research project on Central Asia IAMO-Forschungsprojekt über Zentralasien
12.04.2016 | Agricultural development along the Silk Road under scrutiny
04.04.2016 | Silk Road Conference kicks off today
12.02.2016 | Silk Road Conference: Programme out now

Project publications

Djanibekov, Nodir; Petrick, Martin (2020) Statistical data on farming structures, land use and agricultural  output for provinces in five Central Asian countries 1992-2015 (Version: 1.0.0). SowiDataNet|datorium, Download

Oshakbayev, Dauren; Taitukova, Regina; Petrick, Martin; Djanibekov, Nodir (2018) Kazakhstan's cotton sector reforms since independence. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 172, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Petrick, Martin; Oshakbayev, Dauren; Taitukova, Regina; Djanibekov, Nodir (2017) The return of the regulator: Kazakhstan's cotton sector reforms since independence. Central Asian Survey 2017 (4): 430-452. Download

Mogilevskii, Roman; Abdrazakova, Nazgul; Bolotbekova, Aida; Chalbasova, Saule; Dzhumaeva, Shoola; Tilekeyev, Kanat (2017) The outcomes of 25 years of agricultural reforms in Kyrgyzstan. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 162, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Umarov, Khojamahmad (2016) Сельскохозяйственная политика в производстве хлопка и диверсификация агропромышленного комплекса в Таджикистане (Agricultural policy in cotton production and the diversification of the agricultural sector in Tajikistan). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 159, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Aganov, Stanislav; Kepbanov, Yolbars; Ovezmuradov, Gurbanmyrat (2016) Опыт сельскохозяйственной реструктуризации в Туркменистане (Agricultural restructuring in Turkmenistan). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 158, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Pugach, Igor; Yusupov, Yuliy; Berdinazarov, Zafar (2016) Сельскохозяйственная политика в производстве пшеницы и диверсификации производства сельскохозяйственных культур в Узбекистане (Agricultural policy in wheat production and crop diversification in Uzbekistan). IAMO Discussion Paper No. 157, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download


		Dr. Nodir Djanibekov

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov

Research Associate
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		Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

IAMO Visiting Research Fellow

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Project Staff

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov
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Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick (Project leader)
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Iroda Amirova