Centre for Rural Economy


Supporting the International Development of the CIS Agricultural Sector (SIDCISA)

The agricultural sector is of great strategic significance throughout the CIS given its contribution to employment, trade and income.

Following the transformation induced by privatisation and land reform, the main challenges faced by the CIS agricultural sector were to:

(a) integrate into European and wider international markets and deal with the greater contestability of local markets,
(b) institute effective contractual relationships and
(c) cope with the needs of international buyers and changing domestic consumer preferences.

These issues formed the basis of the research, which covered three CIS states (Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine). For each of the CIS countries covered, the project would deliver reviews of organisational change in the agricultural sector, a comprehensive survey of commercial agricultural producers and case study analysis for guiding export led development.

More information is available here