EAAE seminar Ghent 2013 - Pro poor innovations in food supply chains - Ghent, 11-13 September 2013

Pro poor innovations in food supply chains


11 - 13 September 2013, Ghent, Belgium
Venue: UGent convention centre "Het Pand"


Since 1989, every three years the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) organizes a seminar on topics related to agriculture and rural development issues in the developing world. The seminar focuses on global as well as local food supply chains and on the contribution that technical, institutional and commercial innovations can make to poverty alleviation, rural development, agricultural productivity, food security, environmental sustainability, inclusion & empowerment. We seek an exchange of innovative theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions to the agricultural economics literature and an active debate on food supply chains and rural development. Keynote address will be made by Prof. J. Von Braun. Seminar topics will be introduced in two plenary sessions with each two distinguished speakers. A first plenary session on institutional innovations and supply chain governance will include dr. J. Humphrey (on the role of standards in supply chains) and a second speaker to be confirmed. A second plenary session on technological and commercial innovations will include dr. J. Aker (on the impact of ICT development in supply chains). A second speaker to be confirmed.


Papers may cover conceptual, methodological, theoretical and empirical contributions on innovations in food supply chains and their impact on factors related to economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. Topics may include:

  • Institutional design and governance of global and/or local food supply chains
  • Adoption of technological, commercial and institutional innovations in food supply chains
  • Impact of specific supply chain innovations on outcome variables related to economic growth, poverty reduction, food security and environmental sustainability
  • Studies may relate to different supply chain actors such as producers, traders and consumers

Important dates

  • 31 March 2013: Deadline for submission
  • 17 May 2013: Notification of acceptance
  • 31 July 2013: Submission of full papers


We invite to submit extended abstracts (1000 words) for oral paper presentations and posters by 31 March 2013. Notification of acceptance by May 17th 2013. To be included in the programme, full papers and poster abstracts should be submitted by 31 July 2013.


The seminar is organized by the Department of Agricultural Economics (Ghent University), the Division of Bio-economics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (KU Leuven) and the Institute of Development Policy and Management (Antwerp University) in collaboration with the Belgian Association of Agricultural Economists.


Marijke D'Haese, Jeroen Buysse, Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University, Belgium
Miet Maertens, Division of Bioeconomics, University of Leuven
Marijke Verpoorten, Institute of Development Policy and Management, Antwerp University, Belgium
Belgian Association of Agricultural Economists


  • Michel Benoit-Cattin, CIRAD, Montpellier, France
  • France Celine Bignebat, INRA, Montpellier, France
  • Kees Burger, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Jeroen Buysse, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Matthieu Delpierre, Universite Catolique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Kostas Karantininis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Miet Maertens, KULeuven, Belgium
  • Donato Romano, University of Florence, Italy
  • Stijn Speelman, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Marrit Van den Berg, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Marijke Verpoorten, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Joachim von Braun, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Hermann Waibel, Leibniz Universitšt Hannover, Germany
  • Manfred Zeller, Hohenheim University, Germany


Participants of an EAAE Seminar have to be member of the EAAE. The participation fees for current non-members include the EAAE membership fee of 65 euro for the period 2011-2014.

EAAE Member Non-EAAE-Member
Until 30 July 2013 300 euro 365 euro
After 30 July 2013 350 euro 415 euro

A limited number of travel grants are available through funding from VLIR-UOS (University Development Cooperation) for participants from developing countries with an accepted paper. Participants from developing countries and PhD students younger than 35 years with an accepted paper will be eligible for a 50% discount on the registration fee.