GlobalFood Symposium 2020

Important notice: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the GlobalFood Symposium was canceled for this year.

Göttingen, 24-25 April 2020

Global agri-food systems are undergoing a rapid transformation, involving new food standards, new technologies, novel forms of vertical coordination, changing consumer preferences, and various other trends. The ramifications for trade flows, industry structure, competitiveness, social welfare, and the environment may be far-reaching but are not yet well understood. Developing countries in particular face technical and institutional constraints, potentially impeding successful participation in emerging value chains. This may have implications for poverty, food security, nutrition, and sustainable development.

The GlobalFood Program at the University of Göttingen carries out research along these lines in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and other partners. As part of this Program, we organize the Fourth GlobalFood Symposium, to be held on:

24-25 April 2020 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 conference will feature plenary sessions with invited speakers, contributed paper sessions, and posters. Confirmed speakers include Jessica Aschemann-Witzel (Denmark), Chris Barrett (USA), Jessica Fanzo (USA), Jill Hobbs (Canada), Prabhu Pingali (USA), Catherine Ragasa (USA), Tom Reardon (USA), Lucia Reisch (Denmark), Jo Swinnen (USA), and Rob Vos (USA).

Prior to the Symposium, three pre-conference workshops are organized to create a forum for scientific and non-scientific exchange. They take place on 23 April 2020. Please find further information about participation and the preliminary program here.