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Economic and natural potentials of agricultural production and carbon trade-offs in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia

Thematic complex:
Natural resource use
Project duration:
01.05.2012 - 30.04.2016
Investigated countries:
Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia

EPIKUR assesses agricultural production potentials consisting of yield gaps and unused land resources in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia. Yield gaps are estimated by combing spatially explicit crop growth models with farm-level efficiency analyses. A spatial allocation model is used to estimate production potentials of abandoned land. Future production potentials are assessed under scenarios of technological progress, climate change, and the economics of recultivation. The assessment of production increases includes a trade‐off analysis between CO2 emissions and the economic benefits of recultivation. EPIKUR contributes to building a strong network for advancing the science and understanding of agricultural potentials in transition economies.

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Qualification Works

The following theses are part of the project:

  • The potential of Russia to increase its wheat production through cropland expansion and intensification (Carried out by: Florian Schierhorn)


		Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Deputy Head of Department Structural Change
Room: 239

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Project Staff

Maria Belyaeva

Brett Hankerson

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Hockmann

Friedrich Johannes Koch

Dr. Florian Schierhorn
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Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller
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