In a rapidly changing environment where wildfires, desertification and floods, disease outbreaks, increasing trade costs and food insecurity prevail, new strategies and policies are needed to face these pressing issues. Consequently, policy makers, international organizations and governmental or non-state institutions around the globe strive to address this imminent threat of environmental degradation, economic downturn and social unrest through a series of policy tools, strategies and initiatives.
The European Green Deal aspires to tackle these challenges by adopting policies that promote biodiversity, sustainable production and efficient distribution. Yet, biodiversity conservation not only relates to natural habitat protection but also to crop and livestock diversification, nutritional and dietary habits, water and energy savings and economic resilience, against unexpected risks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of resources and political instability.
Thus, the Farm-to-Fork Strategy aims to reduce these risks and make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally friendly by 2030. In addition, technological progress allows for the improved management of the economic, social and environmental aspects of biodiversity by utilizing resources efficiently, creating new products and services, and securing social inclusion in a timely and low-cost manner.
The objectives of the 182 EAAE Seminar are to bring together scholars and researchers that will exchange ideas, practices and research initiatives that cover the current developments in biodiversity, sustainability and the agri-food supply chain.
The ultimate goal of these objectives is to assist in policy-making decisions in agriculture and the agri-food industry of the global economy. In particular, the Seminar aspires to create a forum for the promotion and conservation of biodiversity through sustainable supply chains in the global agri-food sector.
Therefore, both empirical and methodological research papers are equally welcome. Selected papers presented at the Seminar will be forwarded for possible publication in special issues of international journals or in an Editor’s multi-authored book.