Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy

IAMO Forum 2021 | 7 - 9 June 2021 | Halle (Saale), Germany

The transition to a bioeconomy is a potential game changer that may have a large impact on food and nutrition security, as well as on the ways in which agrifood systems are designed and operated. With breakthroughs in (bio)technologies and a shift away from fossil to renewable resources, the bioeconomy holds the potential to contribute to the sustainable development of agriculture and the countryside. At the same time, such game changing technologies and trends raise questions about the creation and evaluation of new markets and value chains, direct and indirect ecological effects at different scales and the effects of social inclusions and exclusion. Given that the bioeconomy is a relatively new field, there is significant demand for economic and interdisciplinary research to understand the potential of agricultural food systems in the transition to a bioeconomy.

The Forum invites submissions to the following tracks:

  • Land and labor market effects of bio-based products
  • Land use effects of biomass production
  • Trade-offs between sustainable development goals in the bioeconomy
  • To own, to share or to cooperate? – social innovations in agrifood systems
  • Governance instruments and institutions of the bioeconomy
  • Bioclusters and regionalized value chains
  • The role of innovation policy in regional economic development
  • Economic effects of  new bioeconomy crops
  • The place of the agricultural sector in the circular bioeconomy
  • No limits? – ethical and public debates around sustainability and new (bio)technologies

Quantitative and qualitative contributions from agricultural and food economics and related disciplines are welcomed. We encourage submissions from Central and Eastern European Countries and Central and Eastern Asia.

The IAMO Forum 2021 and the 9th Bioeconomy Conference will host joint sessions on the 9th of June. More information about the IAMO Forum 2021 and a call for papers will soon be available at We welcome proposals for organized sessions.

For more information, please contact:
Lioudmila Chatalova, Frans Hermans, Franziska Schaft
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2
06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
Tel.: +49 345 2928-310

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