With the cancellation of the 30th IFAMA-WICaNeM 2020 June conference due to the measures implemented worldwide to contain COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”), also the need occurred (for a smaller-scale ), a theme-focused conference on the impact of Covid-19 on
Agri-food business plays a crucial role and central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Covid-19 has displayed many of the vulnerabilities and externalities facing agri-food, and it is more evident than before that agri-food supply networks require critical rethinking. New practices and technologies need to be developed and existing ones – adapted, drawing on insights from sectors and industries, some of which not previously engaged in agri-food. The impact of COVID-19 is tremendous, and amongst others, underpins new collaboration patterns in agri-food. As the novel coronavirus and the measures put in place to contain it are striking, the future of agri-food is narrowed down to mitigating the challenges posed by the pandemic, as existing and emerging collaboration patterns are tested to their limits.
For the November IFAMA-WICaNeM conference, the organizers invite participants to discuss and share their vision on how COVID-19 is impacting agri-food supply networks, now and in the future.
Submissions to the conference are encouraged to fall within, but are not limited to the following questions:
· What is the impact of a pandemic such as the one caused by the COVID-19, and containment measures, on existing agri-food supply chains?
· How will COVID-19 and subsequent measures impact international trade in specific foods, seeds, and flowers; will existing and new trade and non-trade (e.g. phytosanitary) barriers be imposed?
· How COVID-19-proof and resilient are agri-food networks? Are new knowledge and new collaborations needed in reforming agri-food to deliver sustainable and resilient development?
· What strategies of agribusinesses, regulators and governments are emerging and will emerge in the post- COVID-19 era and how successful those could be?
· How the novel coronavirus, and containment measures set by the governments impact multifunctional agriculture?
· How does COVID-19 affect the performance of agri-food supply chains and their contribution to attaining sustainable development goals?
· What are the outlook for agri-food supply networks during and post-pandemic? How is the interplay between stakeholders within and between agri-food supply networks changing?
We invite you to submit an abstract of 750 words by 30 September 2020 through the online submission system of the conference: https://www.wur.nl/en/article/Abstract-submission-IFAMA-WICaNeM-conference-november-2020.htm
The abstract should include:
- Title, name and affiliation of authors
- the overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s)
- the basic design of the study
- significant findings or trends found as a result of the analysis
- a summary of your interpretations and conclusions, and
- list of key references (if applicable)
- up to six keywords
We invite a range of formats to stimulate debate during the conference. There will be regular sessions in which academic papers are presented. Next to this, it is also possible to submit a proposal for an ‘open session’ including academic, business or other stakeholders from different corners of agri-food networks (combinations are preferred). There will also be an opportunity for poster presentations.
Review procedure: A programme committee oversees a process of quality-vetting of all submissions. Participants can only present one (1) paper at the conference
Opening of Abstract Submissions: 31 July 2020
Closing of Abstract Submissions: 30 September 2020
Announcement of selected papers and sessions: 15 October 2020
Registration open: 1 September 2020
Conference dates: 25 &26 November 2020
Location: De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam
Practical information: firstname.lastname@example.org
In collaboration with the other partners involved in IFAMA2020-Rotterdam: IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association), Municipality of Rotterdam, and the InHolland University of Applied Sciences.