Agroholdings and clusters in Kazakhstan's agro-food sector
Agroholdings und Clusters in Kasachstan’s Agrar- und Ernährungssektor
No 126, IAMO Discussion Papers from Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
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)
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Working Paper: AGROHOLDINGS AND CLUSTERS IN KAZAKHSTAN’S AGRO-FOOD SECTOR (2009)
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