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Visiting Grant Scholar (1 January 2010 - 31 March 2010)
In the course of a three-month stay at NIAS, I completed two papers on the development of rural financial institutions in transition with an emphasis on Kazakhstan, and one paper concerning agricultural credit policy in Kazakhstan. In the first paper I examined the factors that affect the access of agricultural producers to formal credit institutions such as commercial banks and rural credit partnerships (RCP). In the second paper I focused on the role of RCPs as potential suppliers of financial and investment resources to the agricultural producers of Kazakhstan. I am now working on a third paper which examines how agricultural credit policy has influenced agricultural production in Kazakhstan over the last few decades, and what problems still need to be solved in this area.
I was furthermore able to revise a paper that was accepted for publication for the IAMO Forum 2010 (Germany), and to start preparation for a new project concerning the problems of quality of life in rural areas.
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