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TUESDAY — Symposium & Student Case Competition DAY 2


Buses depart Puerto de Almería (see map) for Municipal Theater in El Ejido

08:00 – 08:30

COFFEE / NETWORKING      (Grand Lobby, El Ejido Municipal Theater)

08:30 – 09:00

KEYNOTE      (Main Auditorium)

Block Chain and Made in Italy   Roberto Tonelli, University of Cagliari (Italy)

Learn how blockchain technology is revolutionizing everyday life, including e-commerce, identity management, and utilities exchange, creating exciting new business prospects. This session delves into the latest trends and insights on leveraging blockchain to authenticate the origin of products in supply chains, focusing on certifying the provenance of goods for national products such as: “Made in Italy”. Explore the implications of Italian and European blockchain solutions on innovative business strategies and trading opportunities.

09:00 – 10:30


Agribusiness Knowledge/Education    |    Moderator: Ayobami Adetoyinbo    |    Room A

Which supply chain segments should be targeted? Sampling inspection and aquatic food safety   Jiehong Zhou and Yu Jin, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang University (China)

Training new generation agrifood specialists — learning from the development of a specialist agribusiness and food marketing degree programme   Sharon Lucock and N. Lees, Lincoln University (New Zealand)

The effects of e-commerce adoption on the financial performance of agri-food enterprises in China   Chen Ji, X. Dong and W. Lin, Zhejiang University (China)

Supply Chain and Trade    |    Moderator: Esteban Brenes    |    Room B

Role and relevance of contracts in managing relationships in contract farming in emerging economies   NT Sudarshan Naidu, Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence (India)
Analysis of the US pet food supply chain and trade: implications for managers and policy makers   Aleksan Shanoyan, M. Hill, Farm Journal, N. Villoria, and G. Aldrich, Kansas State University (USA)

The impact of international trade on environmental performance: an international analysis in the agri-food sector   Yolanda Sorroche del Rey, L. Piedra-Muñoz, E. Galdeano-Gómez, University of Almería (Spain)

Conservation, Regenerative and Future Agriculture    |    Moderator: Jack Hetherington    |    Room C

Exploration strategies of agricultural input incumbents: the case of biologicals   Pablo Mac Clay, G. Bort, R. Feeney, J. Sellare (Argentina)

The effect of the Rainforest Alliance 2020 Sustainable standards in some selected humid forest zones of Cameroon on the livelihood of farmers   Ndoke Nwoteh Elvis Mbiwewo, Pan African Institute For Development (Cameroon)

Assessing the effects of commercial applications of urban agriculture practices in the Parisian cityscape through an analysis of two actual real-life cases   Ouiam Fatiha Boukharta, University of Valladolid (Spain)

Best Paper Finalists    |    Moderator:    |    Room D

Pet obesity causes and opportunities for business innovation in pet food industry   Lonnie Hobbs, A. Shanoyan, and J. Bergtold, Kansas State University (USA)

Value-belief and value-identity norms in ethical food consumption: investigating the influence of worker-friendly labels in Italy   Claudio Mirabella, V. Borsellino, A. Galati, E. Schimmenti, and F. Caracciolo, University of Palermo (Italy)

U.S. - Mexico Corn Trade   Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech; J. Luckstead, Washington State University (USA)

ESG Round Table    |    VIP Room

The Guest Editors of the upcoming IFAMR Special Issue on “Sustainability as a Winning Strategy: The Business Case for ESG in the Food and Agribusiness Sectors” are offering an informal roundtable discussion about ESG and the type of short business cases and academic contributions they are seeking for the issue. If you have already submitted a paper and would like one-on-one feedback or you are presenting research during the Symposium on ESG and would like to learn more, we encourage you to attend.  Authors will be asked to give a 5-minute overview of their business case or research paper topic. The deadline to submit final business cases and research papers to the IFAMR is 29-July.

Guest Editors: Mary Shelman, Shelman Group (USA); Aidan Connolly, AgriTech Capital and President IFAMA (USA); and Damien McLoughlin, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (Ireland)

Managing Editor: Brent Ross, Michigan State University (USA)

10:30 – 12:00


Security and Safety Issues    |    Moderator: Linda Snippe    |    Room A

Contingency planning for food security in times of change   Gerhard Schiefer, University of Bonn (Germany)

Food security perception of Brazilian family farming agents   Laís Roberta Bubans Schroeder, K. Ferreira de Oliveira, Y. G. Casagranda, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil)

The dynamics of food safety alerts in the EU: influence and effectiveness of GlobalGAP Standard in the RASFF   Jesus Hernandez, E. Galdeano-Gómez, J. C. Pérez-Mesa, M. del Carmen García-Barranco, University of Almería (Spain)

Sustainability and Technology    |    Moderator: Chen Ji    |    Room B

Governing sustainability transition: a collaborative business model case from the Mediterranean blue economy   Mechthild Donner, M. Mames, H. de Vries, INRAE (France)

Estimating the effects of agro-environmental regulation on eco-innovation of agri-food firms: evidence from pig sector in China   Huang Xuyang, C. Ji, S. Jin, N. Zhuo, Zhejiang University (China)

How an advising good practice in short food supply chain management becomes a golden case: the COREnet project experience   Fedele Colantuono, Anna Romagno. G. De Pascale, M. Riefolo, P. La Sala, University of Foggia (Italy)

Agribusiness and Geopolitics Issues    |    Moderator: Lal Almas    |    Room C

How economic and agricultural export growth affect nitrogen oxide emissions in South Asia: evidence from Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis   Tyler B. Mark, H. Jeong, and P. Buddhika, University of Kentucky (USA)

Emerging threats to global security: pathways and propositions through agricultural productivity and food security   Shahriar Kibriya, E. Price, Texas A&M University; and N. Fatema, McGill University (USA)

Delivering on agricultural goals through NGOs and cooperatives   Lori-Rae Van Laren, C. O’Donoghue, M. Ryan, R. Miiro, University of Galway (Ireland)

Case Conference    |    Moderator: Esteban Brenes    |    Room D

Pork sustainable production in the heart of Brazil: the case of Nutribras   Roberto Fava Scare, Haven Business School; F. R. Valerio, M.F. Neves, Univerity of Sao Paulo; R. B. Rosalino, Paulista State University (Brazil)

SHOWCASE 1: Reimagining tropical agriculture: the case of Ourofino Agrociência  Marcos Fava Neves, University of Sao Paulo, Getúlio Vargas Foundation and Harven Business School; J.B. Cortarelli, B. Casagrande, F. d. Souza Meirelles, F. R. Valerio, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

12:00 – 13:30


Agribusiness Entrepreneurship    |    Moderator: Nic Lees    |    Room A

Agropreneurs` internationalization through innovation: embedded in national institutions   S. (Shaya) Ashourizadeh and E. Kalhor, Wageningen University (Netherlands)

The impact of completion of an agribusiness management certificate on wage-employment, self-employment, and earnings for students in developing economies  Jeremy Slade, D. Moncayo, D. Hibbard, Brigham Young University-Idaho (USA)

Business aspirations among smallholders in rural Zambia: drivers and effects on business decisions   Ayobami Adetoyinbo and D. Mithöfer, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)

Customer Orientation in Agribusiness    |    Moderator: Hafiz Azhar Rasool    |    Room B

The ‘democratization’ of novel food technologies: consumer empowerment in a brave new world   Denise Conroy and A. Errmann, Plant & Food Research (New Zealand)

Disposable and reusable cups: three surveys on consumers choices   Alberto Bertossi, L. Rizzi, S. Troiano, and F. Marangon, University of Udine (Italy)

Unveiling the vinous tapestry: an in-depth exploration of Italian wine consumers and the nexus between information accessibility and purchasing behavior   Nino Adamashvili, A. Spada, M. Fiore, R. L. Rana, C. Tricase, The University of Foggia (Italy)

Food Waste and Recycling    |    Moderator: Pablo Mac Clay    |    Room C

Barriers to the circular economy are diverse and many are business model-specific: evidence from the Australian cheese manufacturing sector   Jack Hetherington, A.J. Loch, University of Adelaide; P. Juliano, CSIRO; and W.J. Umberger, ACIAR (Australia)

Biobased food packaging: exploring recycling lock-ins and corporate power   Lusine Aramyan, T. van Velzen Ulphard, H. Nera, S. Gerben, S. Arijana, Wageningen University (Netherlands)

Food waste measurement and food waste reduction at the firm level: an empirical model   Giulia Valentini and P. Garrone, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Case Conference    |    Moderator: Elena Garnevnska    |    Room D

The rise of Oilema: how the company became one of the main platforms for seed multiplication in Brazil   Vinicius Cambauva, M. F. Neves, G. O. Teixeira, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, P. J. F. Toledo Paulista State University; J. C. Tittoto, Harven Business School (Brazil)

SHOWCASE 2: Cultivating innovation: empowering rural economies through seed development   Susana Falcão Fondation Ondjyla, (Switzerland); J, Saraiva, J. de Yoba (Angola) and Bernardo Piazzardi, University Austral (Argentina)

13:30 – 14:30


IFAMR Managing Editor Meeting    |    VIP Room

14:30 – 16:00


Agribusiness and ESG    |    Moderator: Mzuyanda Christian    |    Room A

ESG Initiatives and performance of global food and beverage companies   Rodolfo N. Lumasini, D. F. L. Santos, L. F. C. Basso, E. H. Junior and V. Cambaúva, Markestat (Brazil)

Sustainability and economic performance of startups in the AgTech sector: empirical evidence from Argentina   Ana Inés Navarro, J. Camusso, M. J. Soler, J.C. Varvello and J. Arraigada, University of Austral (Argentina)

Building resilience to shocks and disruptions in local and regional food systems   Andrea Ramos Bonilla and R. Brent Ross, Michigan State University (USA)

Digital Sustainability    |    Moderator: Mauro Amoruso    |    Room B

Automation in pistachio of Bronte authentication: an integrated system based on NIRS and machine learning   Leonardo Agnusdei, P. Paolo Miglietta, University of Salento; V. Ungaro and M.F. Renzi, Roma Tre University (Italy)

The digital readiness of agricultural advisory professionals: a South African case study   Lindie Von Maltitz, K. Davis, and J. V. Niekerk, University of the Free State (South Africa)

An application of machine learning methods to assess price transmission in specialty crops in the U.S.   Xavier Villavicencio, S. D. Zapata, A. Xicay, Texas A&M University (USA)

Sustainable Transformations of Agribusiness    |    Moderator: Guilherme Signorini    |    Room C

A framework to analyze resilience of local and regional food systems in the Midwest of the United States   Andrea Ramos Bonilla and R. Brent Ross, Michigan State University (USA)

Reaching to an inclusive agri-food systems via digital transformation: two cases from China smart catering industry   Yan Zhen and X. Xiao, Zhejiang University (China)

Integrated crop-livestock system and agricultural resilience enhancement: evidence from ecological rice-duck farming system in China   Ni Zhuo, C. Ji, J. Fu, Zhejiang University (China); Y. Yao, Asian Development Bank Institute (Japan), B. Li, Q. Zhu, Zhejiang University (China); Y. Shen, Xing’qing Family-owned Rice Farm Co. Ltd. (China)

Case Conference    |    Moderator: Hamish Gow    |    Room D

Promoting the production and consumption of biofuels in Brazil: the case of BioSul   Marcos Fava Neves, G. Teixeira, P. G. Caserta, A.Z. Pfann, F. R. Valerio, University of Sao Paulo, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Harven Business School (Brazil)

Farm Business Models under different political and economic environments: survival and growth strategies – La Sorpresa Luciano Di Pompo, La Sorpresa SAICA; and Bernardo Piazzardi, C. Steiger, Austral University (Argentina); J. Colussi, University of Illinois (USA); and A. Da Luz, Fundacao Escola Superior do Ministerio Publico (Brazil)

Delta berries and nuts from ethusiasm to strategy   Roberto Feeney, C. Beltramino, B.Piazzardi, University of Austral (Argentina)

16:00 – 16:15

Buses depart for Kimitec Tour

16:15 – 18:45

KIMITEC TOUR  /  Coffee and Refreshments

Discover the largest biotechnology hub in Europe focused on natural solutions: Kimitec’s MAAVi Innovation Center. With over 15 years of research in agriculture and the food industry, it’s a benchmark for innovative, effective solutions to challenges like zero waste, circularity, and productivity. Explore the unique 4health+1 technology, the LINNA computational platform, and the center’s pioneering R&D&I in the agri-food sector.


Buses depart Kimitec for Puerto de Almería (see map)

20:00 – 21:30

WELCOME RECEPTION      Ristorante Saona, Almería (see map)

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