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.
Issues expected to be addressed in the symposium include (but not limited to) :
International Food Policy Research Institute, Chair
Nanjing Agricultural University, Chair
University of Stellenbosch
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
University of Oxford
IFPRI & China Agricultural University