Symposium on  

Small-holder Farms in Market Integration

Lessons and Experiences from China and South-East Asia

Symposium on

Small-holder Farms in Market Integration

Lessons and Experiences from China and South-East Asia

November 11-13, 2019, Nanjing, China

November 11-13, 2019 
Nanjing, China


The International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) calls for paper submissions for a symposium, to be co-organized by IAAE and Nanjing Agricultural University (NJAU), Nanjing, China, November 11-13, 2019. The theme of the symposium is “Small-holder Farms in Market Integration——Lessons and Experiences from China and South-East Asia.” The symposium will include invited keynote speeches and parallel sessions. 

Agriculture is a dominant sector in many of the world’s poorest countries, with over 70% of the population of these countries living in rural areas and the vast majority making their living on small farms or as landless workers. In developing countries, small-holder farms predominate in traditional agricultural forms, which are generally characterized by intertwined farm and family decisions. Historical patterns of agricultural growth in these countries generally exhibit remarkable differences across countries and over time. Many of these differences are attributable to natural resources, technological progress, efficiency improvement, human capital, and institution. 

However, agriculture dominated by small-holder farms shares many similar challenges during economic transformation. The agricultural transformation is normally driven by productivity increase and specialization following technological innovation, changing demand following income growth and demographic change, and expansion of industrial and commercial capital into the agri-food chain. Identify innovative and successful practices coping with transformation challenges from country cases will help all small-holder farms. For the small-holder farm dense regions including Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, there exists enormous demand for learning solutions from global experiences. 

Organized by

The International Association of Agricultural Economists

Nanjing Agricultural University

Aims and Scope

Issues expected to be addressed in the symposium include (but not limited to) :

  • Food availability
  • Landscape of agriculture
  • Microfinance
  • Agricultural market integration
  • Labor migration
  • Agricultural product supply chain
  • Technology adoption
  • Rural development
  • Agri-environment regulation for sustainable development
  • Water management
  • Others

Academic Committee

Will Martin

International Food Policy Research Institute, Chair

Funing Zhong

Nanjing Agricultural University, Chair

Nick Vink

University of Stellenbosch

Uma Lele

Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel

Goettingen University

Cheryl Doss

 University of Oxford

Shenggen Fan

IFPRI & China Agricultural University

Jikun Huang

 Peking University

Organizing Committee

  • Jing Zhu (Nanjing Agricultural University), Chair
  • Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel (Goettingen University), Chair
  • Will Martin (International Food Policy Research Institute)
  • Funing Zhong (Nanjing Agricultural University) 
  • Fujin Yi (Nanjing Agricultural University)

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submitted papers: July 31, 2019
  • Author Notification: September 15, 2019
  • Deadline for registration on website: October 31, 2019
  • Arrival and check-in: November 10, 2019
  • Conference presentation: November 11-12, 2019
  • Field trip: November 13, 2019
  • Departure: November 14, 2019

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