Centre for Rural Economy


Agri-food Industry Restructuring in Ukraine and Moldova (AFIRUM)

This project investigated the restructuring of the food processing sectors in Moldova and Ukraine, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of the relationships between processors and farmers following land reform and privatisation.

The project involved both survey and case study research. Enterprise level survey data revealed a new, diverse set of market actors. Cluster analysis was employed to better characterise these different groups of processors, with a three-cluster solution adopted. The three clusters identified coalesce around: the former kombinants, new private sector traders and small-scale peasant operations. The characteristics and dynamics of each cluster were explored as a basis for considering the likely nature that future restructuring will take.

Further information on the project is available here