On Friday 11 September 2015

from 3-4:30pm

room 8.309

the HPRS department will be hosting a talk by Dr Nodir Djanibekov (IAMO, Halle (Saale), Germany) on the topic:

Cotton Production in Central Asia: Unfinished Agenda

Abstract: This presentation provides a synthesis of studies on the modification of cotton procurement policy in Uzbekistan. First, the paper provides an overview of the history of cotton expansion in the region to argue the infrastructure and policy rigidity in favor of cotton production. Following this, the study provides a snapshot of the current situation and then argues what modifications were proposed by international agencies to the Government of Uzbekistan. Based on the lack of attention to the proposed modifications, various alternative scenarios were tested ranging from a slight modification in the production target settings, to cooperative approach of dealing with cotton targets, and then to ‘tradable cotton targets’. The study is based on various extensions of a bio-economic multi-farm optimization model.

On the speaker: ​Dr. Nodir Djanibekov joined IAMO in August 2012 as a researcher in the Department Agricultural Policy. He obtained his PhD at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. Prior to joining IAMO, he was a researcher in the German-Uzbek development research project on the restructuring of land and water use in Uzbekistan. His main research interests include the issues of land-labor relations, evolution of (in)formal institutions in agriculture, collective action in resource use, agricultural organization and rural transformation in the post-Soviet Central Asian countries.

This seminar is open to the public. Colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduates are invited.