IFAMA 2020 addresses today’s pressing food and agricultural challenges drawing upon the triple helix expertise of academics, businesses and government, focusing on the following five themes.
Agrifood Clusters for interaction, cross-fertilization and (joint) innovation
Agrifood clusters are regionally organized networks of food businesses, knowledge brokers, service providers and public support organizations, that create opportunities for interaction, cross-fertilization and (joint) innovation. Agrifood clusters have emerged across the world, in many cases linked to coastal and urbanized areas, aiming to fulfill regional as well as international market and societal demands.
Global distribution networks and logistic hubs in a global value
Globalization has resulted in an intertwined system of trade relationships and food supply chain networks across the world, fostering greater variety and access to food but also bringing along supply risks and sustainability challenges. Closer collaboration among food supply chain players, locally as well as internationally, and the emergence of circular and closed loop food supply chains have become key factors in logistics decision making.
Agrifood ecosystem dynamics and shared values
Agrifood ecosystems constitute the simultaneous social, economic, political/cultural and technology enabled interaction between consumers, citizens, businesses, NGOs and governments. Complexity of relationships and interdependencies between system elements, as well as environmental dynamics makes understanding innovative ecosystems, let alone governance, extremely challenging.
Resilience of (emerging) food markets for a growing world population
Significant political and economic changes, social instability, climate change and extreme weather circumstances call for resilient food chain networks and market relationships across the globe. New practices, methods and technologies are required to build robust and inclusive food systems.
Consumer-centric solutions to make smarter choices for better health and sustainability
Food products are increasingly weighted against their sustainability impact and their contribution to health. In recent years food companies have changed focus to sustainable and health related food products through Innovations in products, production and distribution processes, new forms of collaborations across food chains and innovative customer relationships.