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The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) analyses economic, social and political processes of change in the agricultural and food sector, and in rural areas. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia.
The conference entitled "Regional and International Cooperation in Central Asia and South Caucasus: Recent Developments in Agricultural Trade" will be held from 2-5 November 2016 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Agricultural trade in the Caucasus and Central Asian (CCA) countries is highly dependent on regional markets, and particularly on Russia. Close trade relations within the CIS countries are mainly explained by historical ties, common borders and languages, as well as agricultural specialization inherited from the Soviet Union. However, substantial changes have occurred in trade policies of the CCA countries during the last 2-3 years. Expansion of the Eurasian Economic Union, accession of several countries to the WTO and trade tensions between Russia and the western countries play an important role in determining the directions of agricultural trade in the region. The trade-offs emerging from these developments and the implications for the CCA economies are not yet fully understood because evidence is limited. The aim of the three-day conference is to mobilise the research capacities in the CCA through the exchange of knowledge and research findings among regional and international experts.
The organisers request the submission of extended abstracts in English of up to 1,000 words, which need to include a short summary of up to 150 words, plus a concise summary of the major research questions, data and methods, findings, and key literature. Early-stage scientists (e.g. master students) are also encouraged to submit extended abstracts about their ongoing and planned research activities. Abstracts must be submitted electronically via e-mail to samarkand(at)iamo.de no later than 1 July 2016. All contributed paper proposals will go through a peer review. Notification of selected proposals for an oral presentation will be sent by 29 July 2016.
Proposals for organised sessions can also be submitted electronically via e-mail to samarkand(at)iamo.de no later than 1 July 2016. Proposals should contain a short description of the organised session of up to 150 words, topics to be presented and full contact details of the organizers and presenters.
The conference fee, travel and accommodation costs of selected participants from the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) will be covered by IAMO. Limited support towards the conference fee, travel and accommodation costs of researchers from other countries is also possible.
Applications for the travel/ accommodation grants should be sent to samarkand(at)iamo.de with a short CV and a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for funding.
The participants of the conference will receive an official visa support letter from Samarkand Agricultural Institute which is one of the main organisers in Uzbekistan.