GlobalFood Symposium 2020

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).

Pre-Conference Workshops

Prior to the two-day Conference, the GlobalFood Symposium organizes three pre-conference workshops on Thursday, 23 April 2020, starting at 12:30 pm. The pre-conference workshops include: (1) a workshop held by Professor Katherine Baylis (University of Illinois, USA) and Professor Thomas Heckelei (University of Bonn, Germany) about machine learning approaches to problems in agricultural and applied economics. (2) A panel discussion featuring GlobalFood and other Göttingen alumni who will share their job market experiences and provide insights of the necessary competencies of PhD students for successful careers inside and outside academia. (3) A panel discussion featuring representatives of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), KfW Development Bank, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), and others about how scientific evidence is used (or sometimes also not used) to inform the design and evaluation of development cooperation programs and projects. The pre-conference workshops may be of particular interest for junior researchers, but everybody is most welcome to attend. For more information please follow this link.


The registration portal for the GlobalFood Symposium is now open. If you would like to participate, please fill out the registration form here.
Please note that participants will have to carry their own travel cost plus a 50 EUR registration fee (incl. access to all sessions, coffee breaks, lunches, and one conference dinner). We kindly ask you to pay the amount in cash on site, at the conference registration desk.

Scientific committee: Matin Qaim (chair), Yasemin Boztug, Achim Spiller, Meike Wollni

Organizing committee: Ayobami O. Adetoyinbo, Mahmoud Ahmed, Ann-Kathrin Fahlbusch, Melanie Grosse, Denise Hörner, Sarah Iweala, Lisa Jäckering, Jessie Lin, Martin Parlasca, Anette Ruml, Jorge Sellare, Liza von Grafenstein

Further questions can be addressed to: