Special Issue "Agri-Food Markets towards Sustainable Patterns: Trends, Drivers and Challenges"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: agricultural economics and policies; rural development; agri-food market; cooperation; consumer behavior; wine sustainability
Interests: economic analysis of Mediterranean farms and agri-food markets; CAP and its implications; ICT and logistics of agri-food production; farming associationism; aquaculture; forestry and agri-environmental issues; land cadastre and land market; wine sustainability
In the last few decades agri-food markets have become increasingly complex due to changes in consumer demand (linked also to food safety and quality), technological advances, and transformation in the industrial structure along the value chain. Moreover, demographic development, urbanization, globalization, neolocalism, increased incomes, unbalanced world distribution of wealth, deforestation, land grabbing and climate change are leading to a progressive and unpredictable change in horizons.
The combination of these phenomena has triggered changes throughout the agri-food market, generating sometimes conflicting trends: for example, the organic market has changed from a niche to a large segment of consumption; the progressive deforestation in the world, in order to grow crops that provide food, fibres and energy, is of great concern for the consequent loss of biodiversity and climate change; the change in land use has accentuated the volatility of the prices of the main commodities. In the meantime, innovative solutions (new digital technologies, forms of collaboration between and in the different supply chains, alternative agri-food networks, etc.) with objectives of social, economic and environmental sustainability have been developed.
In the future, the agri-food market must focus on sustainable food supply, meeting the needs of a growing world population (markedly in Asia and Africa) and concentrated in cities. Moreover, in rich countries, consumption ranges from commodities to high-end products, depending on the level of consumers' wealth.
Given the unsustainable nature of current agri-food production, processing, distribution and consumption patterns, sustainability issues and challenges have become crucial to effectively manage an agri-food market that supports expected population growth and meets food demand and greener trends in an increasingly sustainable manner.
The range of suitable contributions for this special issue is wide: case studies, experiments and other forms of empirical evidence, as well as application of theoretical concepts. More specifically, we welcome manuscripts that help to outline sustainable horizons of the future agri-food market, dealing with:
- “green” changes in consumer demand
- sustainability and innovation along the agri-food chains (ecopreneurship; vertical integration and horizontal alliances; farming associationism)
- efficiency and inclusiveness of sustainable agri-food systems (agri-ecology and organic farming; small producers; safeguard of the natural and cultural heritage; relationship between food, gastronomy and territory; neolocalism; alternative agri-food networks)
- interaction between the agri-food market and agri-environmental policies
- market regulation instruments (public policies and national and international governance; impact of specific free trade agreements and trade tariffs; food sovereignty and sovereignism)
- tools to prevent risks which may jeopardise agri-food markets.
Prof. Valeria Borsellino
Prof. Emanuele Schimmenti
Manuscript Submission Information
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- supply and demand for sustainable production
- consumer behavior
- agri-food systems
- enhancement of agri-food production
- farming associationism
- alternative agri-food networks
- public policies