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Land reform in Ukraine: new perspectives and challenges for sustainable development of the agricultural sector and rural areas

Land reform in Ukraine: new perspectives and challenges for sustainable development of the agricultural sector and rural areas

Supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA) in the frame of the Program “Ost-West-Dialog”.

A functioning land market is considered an important component for an efficient, stable and sustainable development of the agricultural economy and rural areas of Ukraine. Nevertheless, land market reform is the subject of intense political and social debates. These are due to the potential risks and negative consequences associated with the reform. These concern, among other things, legal certainty in land relations, price developments at the land and lease market, competitiveness of small farmers, concentration of agricultural land in the hands of a few agricultural producers, aggravation of social conflicts in the countryside, etc. Often, the debate about the consequences of land market liberalization is conducted emotionally; scientifically knowledge is pushed into the background.

The aim of the project is to promote the exchange of information on the process, current problems, requirements and prospects of land reform in Ukraine address issues and increase the level of knowledge on economic and social impacts of land reform in Ukraine and thus contribute to the debates from a scientific perspective – in order to objectify them.

The project is structured in 3 phases:

1) Lecture series on the methodological basis for obtaining and processing research data and scientific writing.

2) Workshop in Ukraine aims the scientific discussion on economic and social aspects of land market liberalization and promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue, which is particularly important in identifying approaches to the current challenges of the reform process.

3) Research stays of Ukrainian and German scientists at the partner organizations (in Germany and Ukraine respectively.

Details on the individual phases and the program it is possible to obtain from Dr. Inna Levkovych landreform_ua@iamo.de