RTG 1666: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems

RTG 1666: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems

Welcome to the Research Training Group (RTG) “GlobalFood”

Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems:
Trends, Driving Forces, and Implications for Developing Countries

Global agricultural and food markets are currently undergoing a rapid transformation. Recent trends include:

  • Trade in high-value food products is growing
  • Consumers are increasingly aware of food quality and food safety issues
  • “Westernization” of diets and lifestyles in developing countries
  • Supermarkets are increasingly dominating supply chains from farm to fork
  • The role of food labels, standards, and certification systems is growing
  • Contract agriculture is gaining in importance, including in the small farm sector of developing countries

The ramifications for industry structure, competitiveness, and social welfare will be far-reaching but are not yet well understood. GlobalFood combines excellent research on these issues with an innovative training program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The RTG is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

GlobalFood Symposium 2017

Göttingen, 28-29 April 2017

The Third GlobalFood Symposium was held on 28-29 April 2017 in Göttingen (Germany). The aim of this Symposium was to discuss new research findings and policy challenges related to the global agri-food system transformation. The two-day event featured plenary sessions, contributed paper sessions, and posters. Confirmed speakers included Jenny Aker (USA), Kym Anderson (Australia), Alan de Brauw (USA), Miet Maertens (Belgium), Jill McCluskey (USA), Tom Reardon (USA), Jo Swinnen (Belgium), Maximo Torero (USA), and many more.
Global Food Symposium 2017