The Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR) is an infocentric consultancy engaged in analysis of the domestic Russian and global agricultural and food systems.
IKAR's core competencies focus on analysis and forecasting of Russia's agricultural commodity markets, with particular expertise in grain, sugar, oilseeds, meat and dairy products. The Institute's research covers the whole vertical commodity chain, from input production and supply to retailing of finished products.
The agency provides analytical services across a broad spectrum of issues and generates both short- and long-term commodity market forecasts. Our specialty is development of corporate strategies to capitalize on commodity market trends, coupled with consultations on investment strategies for the investment community.
IKAR possesses its own network of market data sources in Russia's territorial subdivisions as well as relevant branches of industry, down to the level of important individual firms. It enjoys access to the databases of the Russian Statistics Bureau, Customs Committee, Ministry of Agriculture and other domestic and foreign institutions.
The Institute actively participates in agribusiness industry associations. Its leaders are much sought for advisory boards and ad-hoc working groups by Russian federal authorities on issues of domestic agricultural and food policy and on agricultural reform.
The Institute's highly qualified staff applies advanced methods of data processing and analysis. Our analytical results are regularly published in the major Russian business and mass media, including the newspapers Izvestia, Kommersant, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Vedomosti, RBC-Daily, Nezavisimaya, The Moscow Post, The Moscow Times and ChicagoTribune; the magazines Agroinvest, Agro-profi, Expert, Company, Profile and Forbes; and the Agrinews, RIAN/Prime, Reuters, Bloomberg, Interfax/Finmarket, TASS, RBC, BBC and Xinhua news agencies.