RTG 1666: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems
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RTG 1666: "GlobalFood"
Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems

Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

Vice Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Meike Wollni

Coordination Office
Dr. Melanie Grosse
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 12
D-37073 Göttingen
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 20202
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 20203
Email: mgrosse@uni-goettingen.de

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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).

Position openings: 13 Doctoral Researchers in Agricultural and Development Economics

The University of Göttingen recruits 13 doctoral researchers in agricultural and development economics to join the Research Training Group (RTG) “GlobalFood”. The positions are available from April 2017. The RTG carries out research on restructuring agricultural markets, including the growing role of international food standards, changing consumer preferences, and the rapid expansion of supermarkets. Screening of applications will begin on 15 Nov. 2016.
Link to full position announcement

GlobalFood Symposium 2017

Göttingen, 28-29 April 2017

The Third GlobalFood Symposium will be held on 28-29 April 2017 in Göttingen (Germany). The aim of this Symposium is to discuss new research findings and policy challenges related to the global agri-food system transformation. The two-day event will feature plenary sessions, contributed paper sessions, and posters. Confirmed speakers include Jenny Aker (USA), Kym Anderson (Australia), Jill McCluskey (USA), Marie Ruel (USA), Tom Reardon (USA), Jo Swinnen (Belgium), and Maximo Torero (USA).
Call for papers and submission (until 15 November 2016)