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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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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 to the Pre-Conference

Online registration will be possible on the conference website (

Authors’ registration deadline: May 30, 2021


Online AIEAA Congress registration fees  

Regular fee: 130€ (80€ if already AIEAA member in 2021)  
Reduced fee (Ph.D. students, Postdoc): 70€ (40€ if already AIEAA member in 2021)  



Tim Lloyd (Bournemouth University, UK)
Miet Maertens (KU Leuven, Belgium) 
Silvia Nenci (Università Roma Tre, Italy)