Rotterdam Food Cluster, Municipality of Rotterdam, Wageningen University & Research, Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability, Inholland University of Applied Sciences and WICaNeM are hosting this 30th edition of IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Associa1tion). From June 15 to 18, 2020, in Rotterdam, IFAMA 2020 will give a sneak preview of what the “Food for the Future” will look like from the perspective of one of the most innovative countries in the world.
Despite being small in size, the Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural products and its dynamic agrofood and horticultural sector excels in the field of innovative and efficient production. Renowned academics and students collaborate closely and successfully with food entrepreneurs and local government in a triple helix, creating a breeding ground for innovative solutions.
Societal challenges and global goals require companies in agrofood to transform, securing their daily operations and future strategic outlooks. At the IFAMA 2020 conference in Rotterdam, home of the biggest port in Europe, today’s pressing food and agricultural challenges will be addressed drawing upon the triple helix expertise of academics, business and government.
The four-day event will bring agrofood professionals together from all over the world to connect values and accelerate innovation. IFAMA 2020 is for agrofood professionals of today, but certainly also for the next generation of young professionals.
During IFAMA 2020 professionals can meet agrofood game changers and young talent, visit hi-tech greenhouse complexes, farmlands and agrofood companies. It will be a sneak preview of what the “Food for the Future” will look like from the perspective of one of the most innovative countries in the world.
Themes IFAMA 2020
IFAMA 2020 will focus on the following five themes:
Agrofood Clusters for interaction, cross-fertilization and (joint) innovation
Agrofood clusters are regionally organized networks of food businesses, knowledge brokers, service providers and public support organizations, that create opportunities for interaction, cross-fertilization and (joint) innovation. Agrofood clusters have emerged across the world, in many cases linked to coastal and urbanized areas, aiming at fulfilling regional as well as international market and societal demands.
Global distribution networks and logistic hubs in a global value
Globalization has resulted in an intertwined system of trade relationships and food supply chain networks across the world, fostering greater variety and access to food but also bringing along supply risks and sustainability challenges. Closer collaboration among food supply chain actors, locally as well as internationally, and the emergence of circular and closed loop food supply chains have become main factors in logistics decision making.
Agrofood ecosystem dynamics and shared values
Agrofood ecosystems constitute the simultaneous social, economic, political/cultural and technology enabled interaction between consumers, citizens, businesses, NGOs and governments. Complexity of relationships and interdependencies between system elements as well as environmental dynamics makes understanding ecosystems, let alone governance, extremely challenging.
Consumer-centric solutions to make smarter choices for better health and sustainability
Food products are increasingly weighted against their sustainability impact and their contribution to health. In recent years food companies have changed focus to sustainable and health related food products through Innovations in products, production and distribution processes, new forms of collaborations across food chains and innovative customer relationships.
Resilience of (emerging) food markets for a growing world population
Significant political and economic changes, social instability, climate change and extreme weather circumstances call for resilient food chain networks and market relationships around the globe. New practices,methods and technologies are required to build robust and inclusive food systems.