Scientific Workshop. "The sustainability of food supply chains: theory, tools and empirical analysis"

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Published: March 25, 2024 Event date: April 11 - 12, 2024
The Workshop stems from the topicality of the theme "sustainability" in food supply chains and its implications for actions and strategies involving companies and policymakers.

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Sustainability aims to draw attention to the risks arising from the inappropriate use of natural resources and the need to safeguard production systems for future generations.

With the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development adopted in 2015, the concept of sustainability, which cover the environmental, social and economic dimensions of a system, was formulated in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), covering a large part of concerns related to the agricultural sector, rural development and, more generally, food production and consumption. 

In this regard, the FAO, with the SAFA indicators, has svnthesised an approach that allows a holistic assessment of the sustainability of Food Systems.

At the same time, the adoption of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) reporting and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) to food chains, pushes producers to assess their level of sustainability and to communicate it to stakeholders and consumers, so that they can develop their strategies for purchasing products with low impact on sustainability and preserving their health.

All these issues place researchers in front of new research paths that deserve to be studied in depth by comparing experiences and research methods with an interdisciplinary approach.

About the workshop


  • The workshop aims to promote the comparison between researchers with respect to the methodologies used and the research underway in assessing the sustainability of the food systems that characterise the Italian food system.


  • Accounting and reporting systems for the sustainability of food systems
  • Food environments for analysing consumption patterns
  • Foodshed and Local Agrifood Systems
  • Legal models of alternative and sustainable agrifood supply chain
  • Legal tools for food labeling sustainability
  • Quality and sustainable consumption patterns
  • Sustainability and alternative food networks
  • Sustainability and efficiency of farmer markets
  • Sustainable consumption patterns
  • Sustainable governance models
  • Technology transfer and good practices for increasing sustainability along food chains
  • The analysis of the impact of food policies
  • The role of food procurement for viable rural areas
  • Legislative challenges concerning the definition and regulation of food sustainability in the agrifood chains
  • Regulatory solutions and policies adopted at national and supranational level aiming at boosting a sustainable food chain as well as sustainable consumers' choices


  • The workshop will be held in presence and the official language will be English.
  • The workshop will open at 2:00 PM on 11th April 2024 with a plenary session with an invited speaker, followed by parallel sessions and will include a social dinner on 11th April 2024 and a light lunch on 12th April 2024.

Invited speakers:

  • Salvatore Di Falco, University of Geneve
  • Emilie Vandecandelaere, FAO

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Filippo Arfini (University of Parma) - President
  • Prof. Lucia Scaffardi (University of Parma)
  • Prof. Davide Menozzi (University of Parma)
  • Prof. Valentina Raimondi (University of Milan)
  • Prof. Federico Caniato (Polytechnic University of Milan)
  • Prof. Alessio Cavicchi (University of Pisa)
  • Prof. Lorenzo Donini (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Prof. Riccardo Vecchio (University of Naples Federico II)
  • Prof. Annalisa De Boni (University of Bari Aldo Moro)
  • Prof. Irene Canfora (University of Bari Aldo Moro)
  • Prof. Alessandro Scuderi (University of Catania)
  • Prof. Gaetano Chinnici (University of Catania)

Local Committee:
University of Parma - Department of Economics and Business Sciences:

  • Prof. Maria Cecilia Mancini
  • Prof. Michele Donati
  • Prof. Mario Veneziani
  • Dr. Rosalia Filippini
  • Dr. Michele Maccari
  • Dr. Oluwatosin Abigail Fagbohun
  • Dr. Marianna Guareschi
  • Dr. Teresa Tugliani
  • Dr. Davide D'Ascoli

About the program:

  • The Scientific workshop will start at 2:00 PM on 11th April 2024 and will end on Friday 12th 2024 at 2:00 PM.
  • The workshop will consist of plenary sessions with the invited speakers and parallel sessions focused on selected topics.
  • The workshop will facilitate networking opportunities among participants, including a social activity and dinner that will take place on Thursday 11th at 7:00 PM
Thursday, 11/Apr/2024

Agenda Day 01.

1:00pm - 2:00pm - AULA K 8
Registration: Welcome and Registration

2:00pm - 3:00pm - AULA K8
Plenary 1: Plenary Session with Emilie Vandecandelaere (FAO)
The importance of place-based approach and alliances to promote the sustainability of localized value-chains. The case of the GI sustainability roadmap

3:00pm - 4:30pm - AULA K8
PARALLEL 1.1: Accountancy and accountability

3:00pm - 4:30pm AULA K9
PARALLEL 1.2: Supply Chains

3:00pm - 4:30pm - AULA K10
PARALLEL 1.3: Alternative Food Networks

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Coffee break

5:00pm - 6:30pm AULA K8
Special session: Special session on Living Labs by University of Pisa

6:30pm - 7:00pm    
Break and walk to the dinner location

7:00pm - 8:30pm - Restaurant
Workshop on Agroecology with Prof. Miguel Altieri
Round Table on Agroecology and Short Food Chains

8:30pm - 10:30pm - Restaurant
Social and networking dinner

Friday, 12/Apr/2024

Agenda Day 02

8:30am - 9:30am - AULA K8
Plenary 2: Plenary Session with Prof. Salvatore Di Falco
Overview on climate change impact on agriculture: focus on supply chains

9:30am - 11:00am - AULA K8
PARALLEL 2.1: Legal tools and models

9:30am - 11:00am - AULA K9
PARALLEL 2.2: Consumption patterns

9:30am - 11:00am - AULA K10
PARALLEL 2.3: Policies and Governance

11:00am - 11:30am - Courtyard
Coffee Break

11:30am - 1:00pm - AULA K8
PARALLEL 3.1: Legal and legislative

11:30am - 1:00pm - AULA K9
PARALLEL 3.2: Accounting and reporting systems for the sustainability of food systems

11:30am - 1:00pm - AULA K10
PARALLEL 3.3: Consumption patterns

1:00pm - 1:15pm - AULA K8
Closing: Final Remarks and Closing of the Workshop

1:15pm - 2:30pm - Courtyard
Pocket Lunch

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