Special Issue "Challenges of Contemporary Agriculture, Rural Areas and Agri-Food Supply Chain under Conditions of Uncertainty"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Piotr Prus
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Economics and Counseling in Agribusiness, Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture and Biotechnology, UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Interests: sustainable development; sustainable development of rural areas and agriculture; education for sustainable development; rural advisory services; agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS); diffusion and adoption of innovations in rural areas; multifunctional development of rural areas; entrepreneurship; non-agricultural entrepreneurship in rural areas; horizontal and vertical integration in the food sector and agriculture; formation and operation of agricultural producer groups
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agriculture and rural areas are constantly changing. These transformations are influenced by the dynamically changing socio-economic environment, as well as changes in the natural environment. Currently, more and more attention is paid to climate changes and the need to prevent and/or adapt to them, as well as protecting natural resources. Agriculture is facing enormous challenges in this regard. In addition, agriculture and rural areas are faced with many uncertainties due to problems related to epidemiological threats such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and SARS-CoV-2. These uncertainties affect the entire agri-food sector, including food supply chains.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are now the most important guideline for sustainable development for all economic, social and environmental actors. They also provide important guidelines for the development of agriculture and rural areas, as well as logistics in the agri-food market, which is the basic aggregate of the economies of almost all countries. Their implementation is particularly important for the functioning of sustainable food supply chains as well as non-food raw materials of agricultural origin.

The purpose of this very interdisciplinary Special Issue is to look for an answer to the question of how in this difficult, but interesting from the researchers' point of view, time can the inhabitants of rural areas, professionals related to agriculture and agri-food logistics cope?

I would like to cordially invite colleagues from various scientific disciplines who conduct research on agriculture, rural area development, agri-food logistics, etc., to submit articles to this Special Issue.

Dr. Piotr Prus
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 1600 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.


  • sustainable development of rural areas
  • sustainable agriculture
  • challenges of agriculture and rural areas under conditions of uncertainty
  • sustainable agricultural techniques and technologies
  • livestock welfare and sustainable breeding
  • challenges of agriculture in the face of climate change
  • impact of subsidies on the development of agriculture and rural areas
  • the role of agricultural advisory services in the development of agriculture and rural areas
  • multifunctional development of rural areas
  • non-agricultural functions of rural areas
  • social development of rural areas
  • reduction in poverty and social exclusion in rural areas
  • employment and unemployment issues in rural areas
  • agricultural markets
  • agricultural policy
  • agri-food trade and international agri-food markets
  • agri-food logistics
  • consumer behavior changes affecting the directions of agricultural production
  • food security and food safety
  • climate changes
  • climatic risk and crop production
  • water resources and water management – agricultural and environmental aspects
  • rainfall and water deficits
  • irrigation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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