Special Issue "Circular Agrifood Systems: Pathways to a Balanced Interplay between Markets, Society and the Planet"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Maria Blanco
Guest Editor
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Interests: agroeconomic modeling; policy impact assessment; water–energy–food nexus; circular economy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agrifood systems are embedded in complex environments and face conflicting incentives and signals arising from markets and society, putting pressure on their sustainability. Circular economy offers pathways to move towards a more balanced interplay between markets, society and the planet. Research in agricultural economics is already leading this change. However, the complexity of the interactions between the several dimensions of sustainability calls for novel approaches and tools to evaluate circular economy strategies and policies. Impact evaluation tools are crucial to design the institutional transition pathway towards more circular agrifood systems and, hence, contribute to food security, sustainable resource management, innovation and job creation through bio-based knowledge systems. This Special Issue will be dedicated to showcasing advances in circular agriculture and the multi-faceted challenges related to sustainability, including: low-waste food chains, balance between low-tech and high-tech agriculture, synergistic resource cycles, bioeconomic modelling and impact assessment tools.

Prof. Maria Blanco
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Evaluation of agrifood policies and innovations
  • Agroeconomic modelling
  • Low-carbon agriculture
  • Circular agrifood systems
  • Low-waste food systems
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Bio-based knowledge economy

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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