Parallel Sessions Wednesday 17 June

Parallel Sessions: How Smart logistics Feeds the Future World

The global demand of food is growing and in order to provide food security for millions of mouths, logistics plays a crucial role. As technology keeps on developing, so the logistics sector changes with it. But at the same time these developments bring new challenges to the fore in the global food supply chain. In today’s sessions, we will discuss three relevant topics in the logistics sector, and the exciting developments that will shape the future.

Digitalization in AgriFood Supply Chains

How can technology respond to the growing interest of consumers in the food supply chain? During this session, various technologies will be discussed that make the governance and auditing of the food chain easier and can provide solutions to consumers’ questions.

Optimization in AgriFood Supply Chains

What are the challenges and possibilities for optimization in the AgriFood supply chain? As the need for transportation grows, attitudes towards certain transportation methods are changing. This session is devoted to the productive discussion of transport optimization, by land as well as by air and sea.

Intermodal transport in AgriFood Supply Chains

How can we mitigate our reliance on one type of transport over the other? During this session we will discuss the possibilities that recent developments in multi- or intermodal transport have opened up.

Parallel Sessions: World of Dairy

The challenges of the world of dairy are twofold: on the one hand, consumers’ changing dietary patterns globally are cause for higher demand. On the other, awareness of the amount of resources currently required by the food system to meet this demand leads to an urgent need for system innovations. Today, during three interactive sessions, we will approach the possible solutions and consequences from varying perspectives. We invite you to challenge what you know about dairy, and think along with us.

Dairy through different Lenses

At what level is agriculture no longer circular? What are the possibilities and limitations for circular agriculture? Using his experience in setting up circular agriculture movements in the Netherlands, Frank Verhoeven will share his insights during this interactive session.

The “What ifs” of Dairy

What scenarios for the future of dairy are most prevalent to consider? How will we divide our focus between residual flows, water management and meat consumption? This session challenges you to think along with entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers to address practical consequences of such scenarios.

The Future of Dairy Data

How does the accumulation of data play a role in the (future) world of dairy? This central theme is up for discussion and we invite you to think along with us. With more and more data available, the question now becomes how we use it to the betterment of the sector.

Parallel Sessions: Vertical Farming

There is a great need for innovative farming methods to feed the rapidly growing urban deltas in the world (‘megacities’). A promising development is Vertical Farming: plant production in a closed, fully conditioned environment, without sunlight. Super fresh and healthy vegetables and fruits are produced with minimal use of space, close to the customer, and zero fossil energy use and emissions. Although prospects for VF are very good, there are still considerable challenges in the field of business, technology and consumer acceptation.

Vertical Farming: Why, Where, What?

Key-notes on state-of-the-art, developments, prospects, challenges; from different perspectives (business, government, science). How can Vertical Farms contribute to the challenges of the urbanizing world? What is happening nowadays? Where are we on the ’curve’? Can we accelerate developments, e.g in Fieldlabs?

Vertical Farming: technology, Production & Operations

Three duos of speakers from science and industry will highlight important developments in technology, and also will address challenges, on topics like: automation, digitalization, (LED) light; production & quality; human capital (labor, education).

Vertical Farming: Economic & Social Aspects

Three duo’s of speakers from science and practice (ngo/go/ industry) will highlight important developments in business (ao Business Models), consumer perception & marketing, trust, social acceptance.

Parallel Sessions: Resilience of (emerging) food markets for a growing world population

Structure and performance of Large scale Agriculture Transitions and Emerging Economies

What can we learn from the communities across the world that have seen the most significant spikes in production? During four paper presentations, this first session focuses on how the different structures of agriculture in different countries has affected their production, and in particular, their production growth.


  • M. Daziano & S. Sensei (University of Buenos Aires)
  • I. Ostapchuk & T. Gagalyuk (IAMO)
  • A. Tleubayev & I. Bobojonov (IAMO)
  • A. Ortiz & M. Boehlje (Centrec)
  • H. Monaco & V. Machado (University of Illinois)

Corporate Social Responsibility in Large scale Agriculture Transition and Emerging Economies

What is the consequence of the increased pressure on agriculture across the world? After having discussed the ways in which structure and production growth have their impacts, we then move onto presentations from researchers about how CSR is adopted throughout the world. Both for farms, as well as by farms.


  • A. Hajdu (IAMO), M. Daziano (FAUBA), S. Sensei (FAUBA) & O. Visser (Erasmus)
  • D. Smedescu (USAMV)
  • L. Chatalova (IAMO) & O. Kalyuzhnyi (UCAB)
  • L. Pegler (Erasmus) & K. Galhera (UFGT)
  • M. Bavorová (Czech University of Life Sciences), Z. Bednaříková (Purdue University), E. Ponkina (Altai State University


New ways for gaining competitiveness: moving from confrontation up to cooperation in the value chain

How to promote promoting fiscal sincereness and improving the value chain image to society? Argentina is recognized in the world for the quality of its cattle and its meat, being “Argentine meat”. However, some decades of state intervention, and lack of control in various links in the chain, generated a sharp drop in investments. Four years ago, a handful of actors, decided to summon all players informally to see how to get out of the confrontations to move to cooperation, starting this journey with substantial economic, social and even cultural differences. This is their story.


  • David Lacroze (Table of cattle and meat) 
  • Bernardo Piazzardi (Austral University School of Business Studies)
  • Marcelo Paladino (Austral University School of Business Studies)

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