Special Issue "Agricultural Food Marketing, Economics and Policies"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.
Interests: economic and environmental sustainability; environmental impact assessment; agri-food economics; efficiency analysis; food supply chain management; strategic marketing planning; agri-food economics; consumer economics (theory and empirical applications); agri-food supply chain management; food chain logistics and ICT; economics of technological innovation in the agri-food industry
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As is well known, agriculture and food production have been—for some time now—called upon to become more sustainable in the global context of rising population and living standards, climate change, and environmental degradation. According to existing literature, this can be done through the development of innovative ways and tools to reduce resource use, reduce material consumption and waste production, and reverse the trend of biodiversity loss, while ensuring that society is provided with sufficient, nutritious, sustainable, and affordable food. Such a general need, shared at international political level, is today overwhelmingly urgent due to the need to recover from the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has accentuated the effects of degrowth. The North and South of the world need a new economic model more oriented toward equity, restructuring of production, and consumption models, sobriety combined with full employment and social security, as well as food security and local agriculture. This is perfectly in line with the importance of food and agriculture in achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, all directly or indirectly related to food, and in accelerating the transition to Agenda 2030.
In this general context, research and reflection contributions, developed in different territorial contexts, are well accepted:
- Policies at different levels of decision making, both in order to capture orientations toward the creation of healthy and sustainable food environments and to characterize forms of integrated and shared responsibilities between civil society, businesses, policy makers, and producers aimed at dialogue and cooperation for the creation of sustainable development hubs;
- Aspects of production that promote regenerative and agro-ecological agricultural practices and healthy and sustainable food systems; organizational and management changes brought about by the COVID-19 crisis; organizational and management changes aimed at achieving the Millennium Goals;
- Agri-food supply chain and its orientation on health and sustainability, to analyze the level of involvement of the business system in change and to identify areas for improvement from field to table, also aiming at reducing food losses and waste; to analyze to what extent sustainability is an integral part of business strategies; to ensure the transparency of its processes throughout the supply chain; to strengthen regional and local supply chains to improve distribution, helping to guarantee the right to food;
- Agri-food marketing, to analyze food needs, preferences, and cultures; the level of information on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of daily food choices; technological, digital, and geospatial solutions aimed at creating knowledge networks to exchange information on more sustainable choices and innovative solutions by farmers and producers; to promote training programs and awareness campaigns to make food production and consumption patterns healthier and more sustainable and to adopt more responsible food behavior to reduce the environmental, economic, and social impact of food waste.
Prof. Giuseppe Timpanaro
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- Recovery from the crisis by COVID-19
- Regenerative and agro-ecological agricultural practices
- Sustainable agricultural practices to improve soil health and fertility, biodiversity, water savings, and nutrient densities in crops and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Global standards for food safety, nutrition and food quality
- Protection of natural resources and ecosystems
- Reduction of food loss and waste
- Business strategies
- Regional and local supply chains
- Right to food, food security, and food sovereignty
- Technological, digital, and geospatial solutions and agro-food blockchain
- Data protection and regulation
- Finance and investment that contribute to public health and reduce negative environmental externalities, increasing the resilience of land use
- Protection of plants from pests and emerging diseases
- Sustainable development hub
- Labeling highlighting the interconnection between food, climate, environment, and social justice
- Global resilience and actions addressing climate change
- Analysis of consumption (theory and empirical applications)
- analysis of commercial distribution
- Marketing of agri-food products
- Food security and food sovereignty
- Local and sustainable supply chains
- Bioregional whole systems design
- Assessment of ecosystem services and profitability for farmers
- Comparison between intensive and sustainable production models
- Agri-food supply chain management
- Food chain logistics and ICT