Guest Editor: Dr. Emanuele Ferrari, Researcher at the Joint Research Centre's Sustainable Resources Directorate (European Commission, Seville). With the support of Dr. Laura Riesgo, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Editorial Board member.
Rationale Global agriculture and food supply chains have changed drastically over the past decades. The internationalization of agricultural markets (increasing trend in trade, enhanced foreign direct investment, multi-actor food chains) is already a fact.
As globalization intensifies, food exchanges between regions of the world will continue to increase and the governance of these flows is crucial for the future food system. Trade has been typically associated with some opportunities to optimise the system efficiency. Trading infrastructure also enables the adjustment to market shocks. Trade barriers may destabilise markets and widen price volatility, particularly in periods of high uncertainty about the future development of markets. On the other hand, more trade means more imports and increasing competition on the domestic agri-food markets. Additionally, relying on global markets to sell and buy agricultural and food commodities is associated with risks linked to sudden changes in trade policies and production conditions in other countries. Net food buyers might see their domestic food security at risk while net-sellers could be affected in their capacity of producing foreign currency and fiscal resources. All in all, trade creates both risks and opportunities for domestic food producers, including local systems based on small-scale farms.
The development of new global, regional and national policies would be needed to ensure that the global food system becomes more resilient to shocks and uncertainty. Many differentiated policy areas are currently at stake in the negotiations of multilateral and regional trade agreements: Support to agricultural sectors, market access, technical barriers to trade, export restriction or subsidies, trade facilitation, rules of origin, government procurement and environment.
For this special issue, we are looking for contributions analysing the new challenges of the global food chains and policies. The focus should be on the EU and on its main trading partners, including TTIP and other agreements with Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region and Africa. Analyses of Post-Brexit effects are also encouraged. We welcome both qualitative and quantitative approaches looking at these new challenges.
Selected papers will be published in the journal’s Special issue 17(1) in June 2017.
Deadlines for paper proposals for this special issue:
- Submission of abstracts (maximum 500 words): October 30, 2016.
- Decision on abstract selection: November 13, 2016.
- Receipt of manuscripts: January 22, 2017.
- Papers’ evaluation: until 14 May 2017.
- Final version of paper: May 21, 2017.
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