The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) analyzes economic, social and political processes of change in the agricultural and food sector, and in rural areas. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia. IAMO works to enhance the understanding of institutional, structural and technological changes. Moreover, IAMO studies the resulting impacts on the agricultural and food sector as well as the living conditions of rural populations. The outcomes of our work are used to derive and analyze strategies and options for enterprises, agricultural markets and politics.
IAMO is an international institute that pursues basic and applied research in the field of agricultural economics. Research activities are grouped to five main areas:
Policies and institutions
Natural resource use
Livelihoods in rural areas
Organization of agriculture
Agricultural value chains
In addition to internationally oriented research, core tasks of the institute are to train academic scholars from Germany and abroad as well as to support the scientific exchange.
Since its founding in 1994, IAMO has been part of the Leibniz Association, a German community of independent research institutes.