Opinions

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17 December 2020

Matin Qaim, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Goettingen: Better science communication could support public acceptance of new plant breeding technologies

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The transition to a bioeconomy is a potential game changer that may have a large impact on food and nutrition security, as well as on the ways in which agri-food systems are designed and operated. Large-scale farms are contributing to this process by increasingly implementing modern biotechnologies. Are these investments efficient and...

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04 June 2020

Wenbin Wu, CAAS, China: Both small and large farms to benefit from digital transformation

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Digital innovations are seen as one of the major drivers behind the growth of food economy in the future. At the same time, large-scale farms all over the world tend to have better access to technologies and implement new solutions more actively as compared to smaller farms. 

To understand how this problem is addressed in China, we interviewed...

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19 May 2020

WHAT DRIVES DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE: THE CASE OF UKRAINE

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Digital technologies are actively transforming today’s agriculture. One globally striking example where digital technologies are being increasingly introduced is the agricultural sector of Ukraine. In this Eastern European country, 4.5 million hectares of the total of 32 million hectares of arable land countrywide are being supervised by unmanned...

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19 February 2020

Yurii Kosiuk, Founder and CEO of MHP agroholding: MHP to invest about $100 million in EU, Saudi Arabia

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A vertically-integrated agroholding with 370,000 hectares of farmland, 30 subsidiaries and 30,000 employees in 13 regions of Ukraine, MHP is the country’s largest producer and exporter of poultry meat today. It also owns the Slovenia-based Perutnina Ptuj, one of Europe’s largest meat processing corporations that employs more than 3,500 people in...

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10 February 2020

DILINI ABEYGUNAWARDANE, VISITING RESEARCH FELLOW AT IAMO: BEING RESPONSIBLE IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR SUCCESSFUL LARGE-SCALE LAND-BASED INVESTMENTS TODAY

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In her research, Dilini Abeygunawardane focuses on understanding land use and agricultural development trajectories in the developing world. For over three years, she has been working with the MIDLAND project at University of Louvain, Belgium, studying agriculture and forestry investments in emerging and frontier markets in Southern and Eastern...

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15 August 2019

Xiaozhong Li, China Agricultural University: China promotes large farm development to improve agricultural productivity

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Characterized by presence of state-owned and family farms, the structure of agricultural production in China is currently undergoing substantial transformation. In 2013, a family farm was officially recognized as a new type of agricultural production in the No. 1 Central Document of Chinese government. The term ‘family farm’ refers in today’s China...

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27 May 2019

AIDARBEK KHOJANAZAROV, CEO OF OLZHA AGRO: MODERNIZATION AND KNOWLEDGE AS KEYS TO SUCCESS OF OLZHA AGRO

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In 2015, the news about financial problems at Ivolga Holding, then the largest agricultural holding in the post-Soviet region, came as a bombshell. At that time, Ivolga Holding was operating about 1.5 million hectares of farmland in Kazakhstan and Russia. The court did not approve bankruptcy of Ivolga Holding, but the company’s owners drew a lesson...

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11 March 2019

Rasa Melnikienė: Consolidation of farms in Lithuania might continue

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Lithuania, an EU member since 2004, tends to follow the paths of a number of post-socialist countries with regard to the development of farm structure. Large enterprises become increasingly dominant in the agricultural production and land use of the country. What is the role of public policies in this process? What challenges do they face? The...

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02 March 2019

OLEKSANDR VERZHYKHOVSKYI, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER AT IMC S.A.: FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE IS THE MAJOR REASON WHY WE INTRODUCE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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Hardly imaginable in the recent past, automated and self-driving tractors equipped with sensors, field drones performing aerial surveys and advanced analytical tools for predicting yields are increasingly becoming part of an everyday repertoire of today’s agriculture worldwide. How do farms implement digital technologies? What are the practical...

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21 February 2019

Rasa Melnikienė: 3.5% of farms operate 50% of farmland in Lithuania

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Lithuania, an EU member since 2004, tends to follow the paths of a number of post-socialist countries with regard to the development of farm structure. Large enterprises become increasingly dominant in the agricultural production and land use of the country. How does the farm structure in Lithuania look like today? What were the preconditions for...

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