Mini Track on Global Challenges for Agri-Food Systems and Sustainable Development


Resilience and economic intelligence through digitalization and big data analytics

10-11 June 2021, Bucharest, Romania

Mini Track Chairs

  • Mariarosaria Lombardi, University of Foggia, Italy

  • Diego Begalli, University of Verona, Italy

  • Simona Roxana Pătărlăgeanu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Since 1987, the sustainable development became both an aim and a requirement for all societies, in order to tackle the global and local challenges. The global challenges, which emerged also in the agri-food and environmental fields, are related to climate change, population growth, increased urbanization, high levels of production and consumption, inefficient distribution, depletion of natural resources, high levels of waste and losses, rises in pollution, increased natural and biological risks. The local challenges could refer to unsustainable cultural behaviours and attitudes, the relationship between the budgetary limitation and prices, as well as different local problems in terms of infrastructure, natural resources etc. Thus, lately, the international policies and research are focusing on promoting and developing sustainable food systems for ensuring food security and safety for the present and future generations. Also, the environmental pillar of sustainability is addressed in all sectors of economy. There is a common acknowledgement and emphasis on the need of integrating the policies from different sectors by implementing intra and cross-sector measures. For example, the food policies should be integrated with the health, economic and environmental ones for ensuring the sustainable development of the agri-food systems. Further, many scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders propose and debate several ways of overcoming the environmental worldwide challenges, by looking into sustainable use of resources and waste, developing sustainable cities and communities and ensuring the well-being of humans and Earth, as a whole.

The main topics covered by the hereby call for papers are related to:

  • Food and drink supply and demand

  • Food safety and food security

  • Sustainable food systems

  • Sustainable food production and consumption

  • Sustainability in the agri-food business

  • Environmentally sustainable businesses

  • Human health and well-being

  • Circular economy

  • Climate change

  • Pollution (e.g. soil, water, air, noise)

  • Biodiversity loss

  • Nature health and well-being

  • Sustainable management of natural resources

  • Waste management

  • Renewable energy topics

  • Green buildings and green cities

  • Green policies

  • Green investments and competitiveness

  • Green labelling and taxation

  • Sustainable development

  • Other topics related to agri-food and environmental economics

Mariarosaria Lombardi

has been assistant professor in the scientific area of Commodity Sciences at the Department of Economics, University of Foggia (Italy) Since 2006. Graduate in Economics, she took Ph.D. in Commodity Sciences at the University of Bari (Italy). She mainly deals with economic and environmental aspects of innovations applied to production processes. Since 2015, she has been member of the rural hub Vazapp, that is applying social innovation in agriculture. In 2019, she became “climate shaper” as certificated by FAO and Future Food Institute.

Diego Begalli

studied Agricultural Economics at Bologna University (Italy). After graduating his Phd studies in Food Economics and Policy at the University of Padua (Italy) he become, first assistant professor and then associate professor at the University of Udine (Italy). In 2000, Diego Begalli was appointed Professor of Rural Economics and Appraisal at the University of Udine and since 2002 he holds the Chair of Agri-food Economics at the University of Verona (Italy). He was head of Inter-university Department of Viticulture, Oenology and Wine Business between the University of Padua and Verona in 2003-06. He was chair of several master and post-graduate courses in the fields of wine Business, wine and food marketing, and agribusiness. He had the scientific responsibility of several national and European research projects with special regard to environmental and rural development policies, the management of sustainable development processes in the agri-food system, the impact of climate change on farm revenues, the value of territorial food systems in the regional and national economy. Since 2017 he is the vice-director of the Department of Business Administration of the University of Verona (Italy), where since 2019 he is also Pro-Rector for the Knowledge Transfer.

Simona Roxana Pătărlăgeanu

Associate Professor, PhD, studied Agrifood and Environmental Economics (EAM) at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. Vice-dean of the Faculty Agrifood and Environmental Economics, her research is situated in the field of Eco and Agrifood Economics and Decision Making.