Competitiveness of Agro-Food and Environmental Economics (CAFEE)

Agriculture is a vital economic sector that witnessed the boom triggered by unprecedented increase in food demand due to demographic growth to be replaced by fierce global competition accompanied by strengthening of various constrains on the background of global crises like financial and ecological crises, depletion of natural resources or hegemony disputes. Despite the fact that the agriculture of the 21stcentury is a sophisticated industry that is based on innovation-driven technology, such dramatic change cannot be properly addressed by relying on the analysis of previous trends. Coping with the novel constrains calls for the knowledge support for both policy making and businesses in agro-food and environmental economy to be enriched with cutting edge information provided by approaches built up from multiple perspectives applied on the main challenges such as globalization, food security, rural development, climate change impact, vulnerability of the food system, increasing demand for bioenergy, perspective of scarcity for the natural resources that support agriculture, adequacy of agriculture and environmental knowledge systems, amongst others.

The CAFEE conference is addressing the need to improve the knowledge support by bringing together leading experts, decision-makers and professionals on an ongoing, annual basis to capture the research energy currently being devoted to the analysis and assessment of developments and challenges of agro-food and environmental policies and businesses within the framework of globalization and European integration.

The aim of the conference is to provide a high quality forum for the presentation of new ideas and research results, exploration of research needs, and the share of experiences and for the scientific discussion of challenges and priorities that give insights on key issue for the strategic approach of competitiveness in agro-food and environmental economy.

Our goal is to open the conference to debates among participants from all fields, in particular agricultural economics and policy, rural development, management of agricultural holdings, sustainable agriculture, food safety, and environmental policy and management. The conference will combine plenary speakers with specialized sections for research presentations that address competitiveness in either agro-food or environmental economy.

Ecological Performance within a Competitive Economy (PEEC)

Economic activities are the turntable of current social interactions, driving the intensity and director of material and energy flows. The patterns of these activities will be mirrored by the amount of materials extracted and the amount of energy concentrated shaping the size and characteristics of the ecological impact. These relations were acknowledged several decades ago and the global environmental management made significant progresses in designing and implementing solutions applicable at global and national scales. Sustainable development supposes deep changes in the structure of economic and social systems, changes of which accomplishment becomes, before all, a challenge for knowledge development. 

Increasing environmental performances have become a priority requirement in the economic activity. The papers presented within the debates of the conference revealed, on the one hand, the complexity of problems, and, on the other hand, the variety of solutions. Meanwhile, there were enlightened numerous controversial aspects that need the confrontation of theoretical results with the practice of ecological policy elaboration and implementation in the continuously changing economic context.

Considering these evolutions, and also the severe restrains brought by the economic and ecologic crisis the PEEC 2013 envisages: Firstly to create premises for researchers, academics and public administration representatives, businessmen, and consultants to share their experience and expectations, learning from each other.

Secondly, the conference pursues to raise the awareness level regarding the activities needed for the environmental compliance and the advantages of going beyond it.

A better correlation of educational and research objectives in a priority interest field represents the third objective of the conference. Thus, it is envisaged to identify competences and information needed for a competitive ecological economy through collating different socio-professional categories.