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Symposium on Agricultural Transitions along the Silk Road: Restructuring, Resources and Trade in the Central Asia Region


Start date: 04.04.2016

End date: 06.04.2016

Location: Almaty

Country: Kazakstan


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The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Kazakh National Agrarian University (KazNAU) and the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) have announced an IAAE Inter-Conference Symposium:

"Agricultural Transitions along the Silk Road: Restructuring, Resources and Trade in the Central Asia Region" to be held in KazNAU, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 4–6 April 2016

The aim of this IAAE Inter-Conference Symposium is to provide a platform for knowledge exchange, discussion and networking that revives the traditional role of the Silk Road. The symposium will be structured around three sub-themes:

  • Agricultural restructuring
  • Natural resources management
  • Regional trade and integration

Researchers and scientists active in the wider Central Asian and Caspian Sea region with a background in agricultural economics, rural development, water management and related disciplines are invited to share and discuss their findings to better understand the complex issues, challenges and opportunities of agricultural development along the Silk Road. Based on the main theme of agricultural development and the previous sub-themes, the organizers invite contributions particularly on the following topics:

  1. Land reforms and farm restructuring
  2. Agricultural change and labor organization
  3. Land and water management
  4. Cooperative movements
  5. Value chains
  6. Regional agricultural trade and the role of customs unions
  7. WTO accession and agriculture
  8. Central Asia’s role in global agricultural markets
  9. Policy options to stimulate domestic agricultural production
  10. Lessons from other transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe or the Former Soviet Union

For more details please visit www.iamo.de/silkroad or view the detailed agenda at: https://www.conftool.net/silkroad2016/sessions.php 

Interested in the event are invited to submit an extended abstract (2 pages) written in English language, explaining the core question(s), data and methods used, and findings, until 1 December 2015. Submissions of extended abstracts by researchers from Central Asia, as well as comparative and cross-country empirical, cross-sectional and longitudinal, and theoretical contributions are particularly welcome.

The ConfTool system for the abstract submission will be available soon at: http://www.iamo.de/veranstaltungen/agricultural-transitions-along-the-silk-road/submission-of-abstracts/

Important deadlines

1 December 2015: Deadline for extended abstract submission

15 January 2016: Announcement of accepted papers

1 March 2016: Final registration to the conference

Contact and further information

The list of panel speakers can be found here http://www.iamo.de/veranstaltungen/agricultural-transitions-along-the-silk-road/panel-speakers/

For questions please contact via silkroad@iamo.de



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