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Agroholdings and clusters in Kazakhstan's agro-food sector

Agroholdings und Clusters in Kasachstan’s Agrar- und Ernährungssektor

Jürgen Wandel

No 126, IAMO Discussion Papers from Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

Abstract: The paper provides an overview of the institutional arrangements on the micro level that have evolved in the agro-food sector of Kazakhstan in the course of transition. Emphasis is laid on more complex arrangements like agroholdings and clusters, hitherto mostly unknown in the agro-food sectors of established market economies. It is shown that agroholdings are concentrated mainly in the northern part of Kazakhstan and to a large extent in the grain sector, while in the south a scattered small scale (individual) farm structure has emerged. Parallel to this market-driven development, the Kazakhstani government tries to promote other institutional arrangements that it deems to be of superior competitiveness, especially agro-food clusters. Refering to Hayek's concept of pretence of knowledge and empirical evidence of cluster facilitation policies of other countries the success of the Kazakhstani cluster initiative is questioned.

Keywords: Agroholdings; cluster; Kazakhstan; agricultural policy; institutional change; Agroholdings; Cluster; Kasachstan; Agrarpolitik; institutioneller Wandel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q13 Q18 L22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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