Virtual Seminars on Applied Economics and Policy Analysis in Central Asia 


May 27 – August 26, 2020

14 Sessions | 16:30-17:30 (Tashkent time) | Every WEDNESDAY

About Webinar Series

This is an open online academic seminar series for any scholar / student worldwide interested in the issues of applied economics and policy analysis in Central Asia. The webinars will be run in English via Zoom and include presentations on theoretical and empirical approaches.
All webinars begin at 16:30 (Tashkent time) every Wednesday. Each webinar lasts for up to 60 minutes, starting with the speaker's presentation of 30 minutes, followed by the next 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience. The questions should be submitted to the moderator online via chat, who will address the questions to the presenter.
Participation in the webinars and joining the mailing list can be made via the subscription form below. Subscribers will receive email with an announcement for each webinar to register. Instructions on how to access a webinar will be sent prior to the start of a webinar.


May 27: 2020 Global Food Policy Report by Johan Swinnen (IFPRI)

Virtual Event--Discussion on the Implications of the 2020 Global Food Policy Report for Eurasia

Co-Organized by the Eurasian Center for Food Security at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Westminster International University in Tashkent, the World Bank, & IFPRI

May 27, 2020 - 16:30-18:00 (Tashkent time)

IFPRI’s 2020 Global Food Policy Report was officially launched on April 7 and highlights the critical role that inclusive food systems can play in maintaining food and nutrition security, looking specifically at obstacles and opportunities as well as the tools and technologies necessary for building inclusive food systems.

COVID-19 is having an immense impact on our health and food systems on a global scale, including in the Eurasia region. The coronavirus pandemic has an immediate and long-term effect on poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition levels especially for poor and disadvantaged people in the developing world. Consequently, the need to work towards inclusive food systems is accelerated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Eurasian Center for Food Security at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Westminster International University in Tashkent together with the World Bank and IFPRI, invite interested food and nutrition security professionals to participate on May 27 to learn about the results of the report and to discuss the report and the impact of COVID-19 on food systems in the Eurasia region.

Opening Remarks

  • Sergey Shoba, Director, Eurasian Center for Food Security at Lomonosov Moscow State University 
  • Renaud Seligmann, World Bank Country Director for the Russian Federation 



  • Artavazd Hakobyan, Senior Agriculture Economist, World Bank Group 
  • Komiljon Karimov, Rector, Westminster International University in Tashkent
  • Roman Romashkin,Deputy Director, Eurasian Center for Food Security at Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Vardan Urutyan, Rector, Armenian National Agrarian University 


  • Rajul Pandya-Lorch,Director, Communications and Public Affairs & Chief of Staff, Director General's Office, IFPRI

Q&A, the participants will be requested to type their questions through the message board, and the moderator will read them.


Recorded webinar and presentations are available at IFPRI`s web site:


Available to download:

June 3: COVID-19 and the economy: Challenges and Prospects for Central Asia by Hans Holzhacker (CAREC Institute)
June 10: The Effects of Income Fluctuations on Rural Health and Nutrition by Katrina Kosec (IFPRI)
June 17: Measurement of agricultural policies by Thomas Herzfeld (IAMO)
June 24: Food and Nutrition Security under COVID-19 East Asia Experience and Lessons for Central Asia by Shenggen Fan (China Agricultural University)
July 1: An elusive quest? 25 years of search for the right farming model in post-Soviet Central Asia by Martin Petrick (Giessen University)
July 8: Uzbekistan and the World Trade Organization by Richard Pomfret (University of Adelaide)
July 15: Behavioral insights for agri policy design by Nodir Djanibekov (IAMO)
July 22: Agriculture’s contribution to Structural Transformation: Lessons for Central Asian countries by Suresh Babu (IFPRI)
July 29: Agriculture-nutrition linkages in Tajikistan: Selected insights from recent IFPRI studies by Hiroyuki Takeshima (IFPRI)
August 5: The long shadow of history and the Kazakh famine of 1931-1933: evidence from anthropometric data by Charles Becker (Duke University)
August 12: The policy of agricultural land allotment to households and its impact on productivity and household welfare in Tajikistan by Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI)
August 19: Gender Earnings Inequality and Wage Policy: Teachers, Health Care and Social Workers in Kyrgyzstan by Kathryn Anderson (Vanderbilt University)
August 26: Agricultural insurance markets: From index design to farmers‘ adoption by Ihtiyor Bobojonov (IAMO)

Jointly Organized by Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

Bakhrom Mirkasimov (WIUT)

Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI)

Nodir Djanibekov (IAMO)


Akhtem Useinov

Tel: +99871 238 74 15