7th EAAE PhD Workshop

1. Presentation

Welcome to the 7th EAAE PhD Workshop

During the last few decades, food diets have transformed substantially as a result of multiple factors from which farm policies (including farms commodity programs (subsidies) and public agricultural research and development - R+D) have played a pivotal role. In fact, such policies have contributed to the modernization of the food chain and to increase productivity and have resulted in four major consequences:

  1. Icreasing excess supply and decreasing real food prices.
  2. A deep industrialization of agrarian societies helping them to accumulate capital, free up labor and provide more nutritious and value added food.
  3. A substantial transformation of citizens’ lifestyles as a consequence of rising income, urbanization and changes in food sector (globalization of the food industry and retailing sectors, fast-food, e-commerce,…).
  4. A global trend towards decreasing undernourishment.

Since the price spikes of 2007-08 and the global economic crisis the food sector is facing new critical challenges which are related to:

  1. Meeting the future demand for food while conserving the current natural capital (water, soil and habitats).
  2. Improving nutrition and public health by reducing the inequalities in food access.
  3. Strengthening the rural sector by empowerment of farmers, rural workers and rural communities. Agricultural and natural resource economists should address their research to give answers to these challenges in a new environment of access to academic and social network information.

In this context, the 7th EAAE PhD Workshop aims at offering to the future agro-food and natural resource economists a space for debate, discussion and knowledge exchange on topics related to food markets future challenges. As in previous workshops, PhD students will have also the opportunity to interact with senior economists about their research progresses.

PhD participants will benefit from 3 Plenary Sessions in which keynote speakers from different sectors of the civil society (academic institutions, international institutions and the private sector) will share their views on what are, from their particular perspective, the required skills for future economists to success in the agro-food, environmental and development economic domains.

Finally, two additional Plenary Sessions will be addressed to the Giovanni Anania Lecture (topic to be decided) and to traditional topic on how to publish in Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources Economics.