Dr Gagalyuk of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Halle (Saale), Germany is among the 25 winners of the Leibniz Competition with the project LaScalA “International Competence Center on Large Scale Agriculture”, which is funded over next 3 years with a total of EUR 832,516. In cooperation with 12 international partners from 10 countries, including Zhytomyr National Agroecological University (ZNAU) and the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), Dr Gagalyuk and his team will study the emergence, management, and economic and social effects of large agricultural enterprises, so-called agroholdings. Large scale agricultural firms are common in many countries, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in Central Asia, Latin America, Australia, the United States and in the Western Europe as well. “Besides economic and managerial challenges for farms this also leads to a number of societal and environmental effects”, says Dr Gagalyuk, “and in all these effects we want to gain in-depth insights, internationally and interdisciplinarily.” It is anticipated that the outcomes of the LaScalA project will be made available to scientists and other experts in the field, as well as to the interested public via an interactive online data platform. It is also planned that this platform will compile and disseminate relevant international research publications, databases related to large agricultural operations in general, and other information of potential interest to general public.
Dr. Taras Gagalyuk is a Research Associate at IAMO since August 2015. He studied agricultural economics at the National Agricultural University of Ukraine in Kyiv (M.A. in Accounting and Audit, 2004). Taras gained his PhD in agricultural economics at IAMO and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (2011). He then led the analytical department at the Association “Ukrainian Agribusiness Club” (Kyiv, Ukraine), worked as Long-term Expert of the German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue (Kyiv, Ukraine) and as Topic Analyst at the World Bank (Washington, D.C.). His research focuses on entrepreneurial strategies and organisation of agroholdings with a regional focus on Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan.
For more information see the IAMO Press Release (16 January 2017).