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Call for Abstracts: 4th International Forum on Agri-food Logistics

22 December 2020
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are today the most crucial signpost of sustainable development for all economic, social and environmental operators. They also provide vital guidelines for the development of logistics in the agri-food market, which is an essential aggregate of the economies of almost all countries. Their implementation is particularly relevant to the functioning of sustainable food supply chains.
Today, the most critical objectives referred to by the activities of food supply chains is SDG 9 in linkage with SDG 17. The first one concerns building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialization and supporting innovation while the second challenges   partnerships to achieve the goals. The primary task of supply chains in this context remains integration and cooperation, based on which innovations generate in collaboration with both suppliers and other stakeholders in the supply chain. It leads to open innovation, builds sustainable development targets and strengthens infrastructure for necessary activities within the food supply chain. It is essential to innovate and support the partners by transferring knowledge, technologies and integrate their needs and aspirations into strategies implemented within the most efficient and effective global supply chains.
To make the 2030 Agenda a reality, broad ownership of the SDGs must translate into a strong commitment by all stakeholders to implement the global goals. The Forum aims to help facilitate this engagement by opening scientific discussion on the ways to align food supply chains practices with UN SDGs, in particular, SDG 9 in linkage with SDG 17.
The conditions of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, even more, highlighted all the previous challenges. Its occurrence contributes to changes in the existing logistical paradigms. The changes that are taking place in global supply chains (seeking solutions for, among other things, supply disruptions, new ways and techniques of monitoring and controlling them, etc.) have provoked heated discussion both among practitioners and scientists. They jointly undertake to work out solutions that would make it possible to anticipate such situations in the future, or at least partly counteract them, or mitigate their effects.
CIHEAM Bari, since 2013, is an active partner and key contributors of the International Agri-food logistics Forum. In addition, a special working session of the International Forum will be assigned to the Agri-food clusters and their linkage with the development of innovation and sustainability principles, where CIHEAM Bari experts will be involved through UniClaD Project Consortium.

Forum main topics

1) Sustainable food supply chains
2) Application of new techniques and IT in supply food chain
3) Food losses and waste in the agribusiness sector
4) Agri-food clusters and their linkage with the development of innovation and sustainability principles
5) Legal determinants of the functioning of food supply chains
6) Corporate Social Responsibility in the agri-food system 


May 15, 2021 - submission of extended abstracts
May 20, 2021 – notification of abstract acceptance

April 30, 2021 – early bird registration and payment
After April 30, 2021 - late registration and payment
June 23-24, 2021 – International Forum days
July 15, 2021 – full paper submission

Up-to-date information will be posted on the website event.