Large Scale Agriculture in Transition and Developed Economies: Organizational and Societal Issues


William H. Meyers, Emeritus Professor, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri, USA,

Taras Gagalyuk, Research Associate, Project Leader, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany,

Alfons Balmann, Professor, Head of Department, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany,

Oane Visser, Associate Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam (ISS), The Netherlands, 


This symposium is motivated by continued research on the development of agroholdings and mega farms that has been going on for several years. One of the current research initiatives dedicated to this topic involves collaborating scientists from Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) and 12 other institutes and universities under the framework of the Large Scale Agriculture (LaScalA) project. The proposed sessions include some of the main research findings, conclusions and recommendations arising from this initiative, some of which have been published in a recent (2021) special issue of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review on agroholdings and mega farms. The symposium includes four presentations on acquisition, growth and restructuring processes of agroholdings under differing conditions in Russia and Ukraine to gain a deeper and broader understanding of these farming systems. A second major focus of the symposium is on the socio-political sphere with four presentations to document and better understand the institutional frameworks for large-scale farms in Czech Republic, Germany, Kazakhstan, Romania, and Russia. The new knowledge and understanding gained from these papers leads to a formulation of the research agenda on the development of agroholdings and mega-farms in transition and developed economies.

Registration is free of charge and you don't need to be registered for the EAAE main conference.


14:00-14:10 Welcome address

by W.H. Meyers and A. Balmann

Session 1. Growth and performance of agroholdings

Moderator: T. Gagalyuk

14:10-14:30 Pre-acquisition target selection: Comparative analysis of farms in Russia and Ukraine

by I. Ostapchuk, D. Epshtein, A. Dibirov and T. Gagalyuk

14:30-14:50 Factors of post-acquisition farm integration and growth in Ukraine

by I. Ostapchuk and T. Gagalyuk

14:50-15:10 Does agroholding affiliation improve financial performance? Empirical evidence from Russia

by A. Tleubayev, I. Bobojonov, T. Gagalyuk and T. Glauben

15:10-15:30 Drivers of corporate disclosure of publicly listed agroholdings in Ukraine

by T. Gagalyuk, L. Chatalova, O. Kalyuzhnyy and I. Ostapchuk

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Session 2. Institutional frameworks and societal impacts of agroholdings

Moderator: O. Visser

16:00-16:20 Holding structures in Czech agriculture and implications of the EU “genuine farmer” policy

by L. Jelinek, M. Hruška and T. Medonos and J. Curtiss

16:20-16:40 Complex business structures as an adaptation to organizational environments – Agriholdings in East Germany

by L. Laschewski, A. Tietz and L. Eberbach

16:40-17:00 Determinants of corporate social responsibility among farms in Russia and Kazakhstan: A multilevel approach using survey data

by A. Hajdu, T. Gagalyuk, E. Bukin and M. Petrick                                                       

17:00-17:20 Imprints of an insecure institutional environment on perceptions of social responsibility in large farms in Romania

by A. Hajdu, D. Smedescu and T. Gagalyuk

17:20-17:50 Discussion

Moderator: W.H. Meyers

17:50-18:00 Wrap-up