Session 6 : Agricultural transition and natural resource management

(Chair: Nodir Djanibekov, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies)

(Chair: Stefanos Xenarios, Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan)

The recent emphasis on agricultural development in Central Asia has underlined the importance of commercialization and innovation adoption. Increasing frequencies of droughts, thus of water scarcity, are posing particular challenges for the sectoral development and require proper adaptation measures at local, national and transboundary scales. At the same time, sustainability concerns call for friendlier interactions between productivity enhancements and natural resource management. The cross-country diversity of agriculture and resource pathways offers the fertile ground for comparative theoretical and empirical studies to better inform academia and policymakers.

We invite contributions covering a wide range of topics, including agricultural economics, rural development, international development, natural resource management, agricultural sciences and related disciplines to share and discuss their findings to better understand the complex issues, challenges and opportunities for the Central Asian agricultural development. Interdisciplinary and cross-country comparative contributions are particularly welcome.