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Agriculture, food and global value chains: Issues, methods and challenges
Online Event


Conference Schedule
The pre-conference will be held on June 9, 2021 in the afternoon.
The tenth AIEAA Conference will start at 9.30 AM on Thursday, June 10, 2021 and will end by 5 PM on Friday June 11, 2021.

Program Committee
Margherita Scoppola (Università di Macerata, Italy, Chair)
Elena Castellari (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy)
Adele Coppola (Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy)
Michele Donati (Università di Parma, Italy)
Francesca Giarè (CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy)
Maria Rosaria Pupo D’Andrea (CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy)
Luigi Roselli (Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)
Luca Salvatici (Università Roma Tre, Italy)
Fabio G. Santeramo (Università di Foggia, Italy)

Local Organizing Committee
Roberto Henke – CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy (Chair)
Anna Carbone (Università della Tuscia, Italy)
Aurora Cavallo (Università Mercatorum, Italy)
Mara Giua (Università Roma Tre, Italy)
Alessandro Monteleone (CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy)
Roberta Sardone, (CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy)
Luca Salvatici (Università Roma Tre, Italy)
Serena Tarangioli,  (CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy)
Anna Vagnozzi (CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy)
Cristina Vaquero (Università Roma Tre, Italy)
Secretariat: Roberta Ioiò, Francesco Ambrosini, Giorgia Abbate (CREA - Centro di ricerca Politiche e Bioeconomia, Italy) e Giacomo Giovanardi (Centro Rossi-Doria e Università Roma Tre).

Information and contacts
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To register click here

Event Date

About one-third of trade in food and agricultural products takes place within global value chains (GVC). Coffee, palm oil or biofuels are, among others, examples of the modern organization of the agri-food production through GVC. Nowadays agricultural raw materials may cross borders several times before reaching the final consumers, being embedded in intermediate and final goods processed in different countries. Agri-food GVC are typically characterized by a strong coordination between farmers, processors, traders, and retailers. In several cases, leading firms may play a critical role by defining the exchange terms along the supply chain, influencing how the added value is distributed. The coordination of the value chain can be initiated by downstream buyers, such as large retailers and food processors, or by upstream suppliers, including single farms, farmers’ cooperatives, and suppliers of agricultural inputs. 

The growth of the agri-food GVC raises new issues. Participating in the GVC is expected to have a number of positive effects, both at the macro and micro scale, in terms of technology and knowledge spillovers, gains in productivity, employment opportunities, and increases of farmers’ income. On the other hand, the market concentration in agri-food GVC raises concerns due to the consequent changes of market and bargaining power at different levels of the supply chain, calling into question the role of competition and regulation. Furthermore, producing for agri-food GVCs may result in an intensification of agricultural production with negative environmental effects, such as deployment and overuse of natural resources. Finally, GVCs may compete with local value chains for land, labor, water, soil nutrients, and other resources.

Sound knowledge and evidence about the nature and implications of the modern agri-food GVC would be relevant for policy-makers, firms and the civil society. The economic analysis of the agri-food GVCs challenges agricultural and food economists in several ways. Given the complex nature of the GVC and of the related issues, the use of new and multiple lens becomes essential to analyze this phenomenon. Country-level (macro) approaches are needed in order to investigate the drivers of the world-wide fragmentation of the agri-food production and the welfare implications for countries participating to the GVCs. Recent progresses in empirical trade analyses of GVCs are certainly fundamental to the understanding of agri-food GVCs. Industry level (meso) approaches are also needed to investigate the relationships among the various stages of the GVCs. Analytical tools and approaches from the industrial organization literature are also suitable to analyze the price transmission along the agri-food GVCs, and to explore the drivers of vertical coordination, or the distributions of benefits along the GVCs. Finally, a firm level approach (micro) is needed to investigate the implications for farmers of participating in GVCs. 

The 10th AIEAA Annual Conference aims to contribute to this debate, by putting together different disciplines and approaches to the analysis of agri-food GVCs, of their implications in terms of economic, social and environmental sustainability and of their prospects in the post COVID-19 era. 



AIEAA welcomes the submission of contributions on the topics above. However, the submission of contributions on other agricultural and applied economics topics is also encouraged.

More information can be found HERE.


Contribution proposals should be submitted in English through the conference management platform, Conftool, available from the conference page on the AIEAA website ( There are three types of contributions: contributed papers, organized sessions, and posters.

Contributed papers
Participants intending to present a contributed paper are requested to submit an extended abstract (minimum 1,500 words; maximum 2,000 words), formatted according to the Abstract Template, before February 14, 2021 (postponed to 12 March 2021). Abstracts should include:
a. Introduction to the topic and objectives of the paper
b. Description of data and research methodology
c. Discussion of the expected theoretical and/or empirical results
d. Main conclusions and emphasis on the paper’s potential for generating discussion during the conference
e. A list of few essential references.

All submitted abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by March 26, 2021.
The final version of accepted contributions, formatted according to the Full Paper Template, should be submitted by May 30, 2021.
Upon Authors’ authorization, the final version of the abstract/paper will be made available on the conference website and on AgEcon Search.

A selection of accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of Bio-based and Applied Economics after going through the journals’ standard review process. 

Organized sessions
Participants are invited to propose organized sessions primarily, but not exclusively, on topics relevant to the conference themes. Proposals (max 2,000 words), formatted according to the Organized session Template, should include the name of the organizer, the session title, the name of contributors, and the title and abstract of each paper. It is suggested that proposed sessions include no more than four papers. Proposals should be submitted by February 14, 2021 (postponed to 12 March 2021). Organized session proposals will be subject to a peer review process. Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 15, 2021.

AIEAA welcomes the submission of posters. Accepted posters will be presented and discussed in dedicated sessions. Participants should submit an abstract (max 500 words), formatted according to the Abstract Template, by February 14, 2021 (postponed to 12 March 2021). Poster proposals will be subject to a blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of poster acceptance by April 15, 2021. Since the event will be held online, the presentation of the posters will take place with a short oral presentation (10 minutes).


10th AIEAA Congress moved online.

How to register for the Online Conference

You can register by May 30, 2021 through the Conference management platform:
If you don't have a user account, please register as a new user, fill the registration form, and click on "Submit and begin with participant registration" and follow the instructions.
If you already have a user account, please log in with your username and password, select “Register as Participant” and follow the instructions.

Please note that participants to the 10th AIEAA Conference have to be AIEAA members in good standing at the time of registration for the conference. You can pay any outstanding membership fees at
Once the membership fee is paid, you should wait about 24 hours before registering for the conference. If you are a new AIEAA member, after the membership payment you have to wait for the notification of member acceptance from the AIEAA Board.

Registration fees
Regular fee: 80€
Reduced fee (Ph.D. students, Postdoc): 40€ 

Registration fees include the conference costs for the online platform and the Amatriciana kit box (see below).


Presenting author’s registration
Authors presenting papers, posters, or organized sessions must register for the conference by May 30, 2021 (failing that, the paper/session/poster will be withdrawn from the conference program).


University Students
The AIEAA encourages the participation of University students as attendants of the conference. The participation of University students is free of charge and requires a special code for registration through the Conference management platform. The registration codes are released by the Local Organizing Committee upon request of an AIEAA member. The request has to be sent to specifying the number of participant students. The AIEAA member is responsible for the distribution of the registration codes to students.  


Ornella Maietta Best paper award
The best paper award 2021 entitled to Ornella Maietta will be selected among papers accepted for presentation at the AIEAA 2021 conference. To apply to the Award, candidates should send an email to the Programme Committee at  with the following text: “YES, I APPLY TO Ornella Maietta award 2021”. Candidates should meet the following requirements: 
a)    be the presenter of the paper;
b)    be below 40 years of age; 
c)    having uploaded the full paper by May 30, 2021.


Amatriciana kit box

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic emergency, the usual social dinner cannot take place. However, the LOC invites all the participants to join an online convivial event on the night of Thursday 10th, 8 pm Rome time, preparing one of the most traditional recipes of Lazio region, recently recognized as EU TSG: the Amatriciana Tradizionale.
Each participant will receive a kit box with all the ingredients and a video tutorial by Chef Fabio Toso, available on the conference website, will guide you step by step to make the best Amatriciana. Start watching the tutorial at sharp 8 and then cook your own Amatriciana! A special section of the site will be devoted to pics and comments of the online social event!
The kits will be bought by the organization and included in the fee. The purchase of the kits will be in favor of Amatrice, a town, homeland to the Amatriciana, hardly hit by the earthquake in 2016 and 2017. 




Tim Lloyd (Bournemouth University, UK), Price transmission and imperfect competition in the food industry (Slides)

Miet Maertens (KU Leuven, Belgium), A review of global and local food value chains in Africa: Supply chain linkages and sustainability (Slides)

Silvia Nenci (Università Roma Tre, Italy), Mapping global value chain participation and positioning in agriculture and food (Slides)


The Detailed Programme of the AIEAA 2021 Online Conference can be downloaded HERE.

Waiting to meet again in person, we invite you to join our  Remote Social Dinner and use the products you received to prepare a plate of Pasta all'amatriciana. For the recipe click HERE. Post pictures on   




9:00am – 9:30am

Online Welcome Room

9:30am – 11:00am

AIEAA Assembly

11:00am – 11:15am

Conference opening

11:15am – 12:15pm

Plenary Session 1: A review of global and local food value chains in Africa: Supply chain linkages and sustainability

Miet Maertens (KULeuven)

Discussant: Sara Savastano (IFAD

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Plenary Session 2: Mapping global value chain participation and positioning in agriculture and food

Silvia Nenci (Roma Tre University)

Discussant: Angela Cheptea (INRA)

1:15pm – 2:30pm

Lunch break

2:30pm – 4:15pm

Organized session 1

Contributed paper sessions





Contract Solutions for agri-environmental-climate public goods 1

Behavior in Food Consumption

Farm Income and Risk Management

Sustainability in Geographical Indications

Water Use and Climate Change

4:15pm – 4:45pm

Coffee break

4:45pm – 6:30pm

Organized session 2

Contributed paper sessions





Contract Solutions for agri-environmental-climate public goods 2

Rural Development

Trade Policy in GVC

Choice Modelling and New Environmental Perspectives

Reshaping Agrifood Supply Chain


Remote Social Dinner

FRIDAY, 11 JUNE 2021

9:00am – 10:45am

Plenary session 3: 10th AIEAA Session: Meeting for a new AIEAA Mission


10:45am – 12:00pm

Poster session 1

Poster session 2

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Plenary session 4: Price transmission and imperfect competition in the food industry

Tim Lloyd (Bournemouth University)

Discussant: Paolo Sckokai (Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch break

2:00pm – 3:45pm

Organized session 3

Contributed paper sessions







Food Security and Health

Agrifood Markets and Coordination

Methodological Issues

Preparing the Future of the CAP

Agri-environmental Policies

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Coffee break

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Plenary session 5: Young economists session

5:00pm – 5:15pm

Closing ceremony

Sustainability in the agri-food sector “from farm to fork”
La sostenibilità delle filiere agroalimentari “dal campo alla tavola”

Pre-conference Event 10th AIEAA Conference, 9-11 giugno 2021 (online)
Organized by CREA, Centro Rossi Doria e Universitas Mercatorum
9 June 2021 – h. 14:30
Please note: The pre-conference will be held in Italian, no translation will be provided.

The European agri-food system is undergoing a long phase of ecological transition which is bringing along, in most countries included Italy, a significant improvement in the environmental impact of the agri-food businesses. The pattern traced by the European Green Deal and by the strategy Form Farm to Fork is still long and challenging within the agri-food system but also to the policies due to enhance and support such epochal transition.
The identification of a sustainable certified supply chain is already quite an accomplishment in some Italian sectors, such as wine, it is in progress in other sectors such as fruit and vegetables and livestock, while it is moving its first steps in the case of olive oil. The underlying idea of this certification is the redefinition of the concept of quality, its implementation along all the phases of the supply chain and the accompanying policies. It could also become a relevant and effective tool to modify the production processes and to a full recognition of the incorporated added value on behalf of the new consumers.


Filippo Arfini (AIEAA President and University of Parma) 
Fabrizio De Filippis (Roma Tre University and Manlio Rossi-Doria Center)
Roberto Henke (Director of Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy - CREA)

Francesco Mantino (CREA): “L’organizzazione conta. Quali implicazioni per la sostenibilità e quale domanda di policy nelle filiere italiane?”
E. Vandecandelaere (FAO): “Quando la sostenibilità parte dal territorio per raggiungere gli obiettivi di Agenda 2030: ruolo e prospettive delle filiere con indicazione geografiche
A. Carbone (Università della Tuscia): “C’è qualcosa di nuovo, anzi d’antico, nelle filiere dell’agroalimentare italiano: fra qualità e sostenibilità”

Round table: “The filiére of sustainability - the sustainability of the filiéres. 
Moderator: Giovanni Cannata (Universitas Mercatorum) 


Valentina Ellero (Coordinatrice Consulenza e Formazione Unione Italiana Vini)
Maria Fermanelli (Presidente Nazionale CNA Impresa Donna)
Carlo Hausmann (Direttore Agro Camera)
Vincenzo Lenucci (Agrinsieme)
Luigi Pelliccia (Responsabile Ufficio Studi Federalimentare)
Ugo Peruch (Direttore agricolo Mutti S.P.A)
Carmelo Troccoli (Coldiretti)

Closure: Giuseppe Blasi (MIPAAF Department Head)

Attachment programme