Opinions

Photo: Press Office, MHP ©

19 February 2020

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

Opinion -

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...

Read more


Photo: Dilini Abeygunawardane ©

10 February 2020

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

Opinion -

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...

Read more


Photo: Xiaozhong Li ©

15 August 2019

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

Opinion -

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...

Read more


Photo: Aidarbek Khojanazarov ©

27 May 2019

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

Opinion -

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...

Read more


Photo: Rasa Melnikienė ©

11 March 2019

Rasa Melnikienė: Consolidation of farms in Lithuania might continue

Opinion -

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...

Read more


Photo: Oleksandr Verzhykhovskyi ©

02 March 2019

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

Opinion -

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...

Read more


Photo: Rasa Melnikienė ©

21 February 2019

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

Opinion -

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...

Read more


Photo: Adrian Schairer ©

05 February 2019

Adrian Schairer, M. Sc., Head of Investor Relations at Ekosem-Agrar: EkoNiva is taking advantage of the window of opportunity

Opinion -

Recent expansion of EkoNiva, a Russia-based daughter company of the German Ekosem-Agrar AG, made waves in both Russian and international mass media. In the last 1.5 years the company doubled their farmland to more than 485,000 hectares in operation. With this land area and 67,000 dairy cows on its farms throughout Russia, EkoNiva is one the...

Read more


Photo: Stefan Mann ©

28 January 2019

STEFAN MANN: EVIDENCE OF RESPONSIBLE LARGE-SCALE LAND ACQUISITIONS IS RATHER RARE. BUT IT EXISTS AND WE SHOULD NOURISH IT!

Opinion -

The lines between deontological and utilitarian ethics have recently become increasingly blurred in many instances. However, the differences between the two approaches still seem to be irreconcilable with respect to large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA). Norms-based deontologists label LSLA as ‘land grabbing’ pointing to detrimental effects such as...

Read more


Photo: AgroGeneration ©

23 January 2019

John Shmorhun: Decision-making in AgroGeneration is organized bottom up

Opinion -

John Shmorhun, President of the France-based agroholding AgroGeneration that operates 110,000 hectares of farmland in Ukraine, tells about decision-making, management autonomy, business performance and collaboration with small farms in his interview to Landlord.ua.

Vertically integrated agroholdings are typical of Ukrainian agriculture. However,...

Read more

Logo