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Webinar July 15: Food, Energy and Essential Goods: A New Demand for National Security

  • Food, Energy and Essential Goods: A New Demand for National Security
  • July 15, 2020
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm CSET (Rome – IT- Time Zone)

COVIT-19 has brought to the attention of all countries the issue of security of supply of
essential goods, such as food, pharmaceuticals and energy products, has emerged in many
countries as a matter of national priority. It has also shown a new propensity of local
consumers and traders towards supply models based on local producers, often at significantly
higher prices than large retailers and, on the logistical side, the use of home delivery. Gender
balance has been affected both because women had to burden the management of the
lockdown within the household, and were often more easily laid off than men. These changes
suggest a worldwide move to shorten supply chains, production patterns more inclusive of
small farmers and local producers, and redesign on a more restricted geographical basis
transport logistics and delivery of essential goods.


Round Table Discussion
Introduction: Pasquale L. Scandizzo, President, SITES; Rabah Arezki , Chief Economist
MENA World Bank; Francesco La Camera, DG IRENA; Romina Cavatassi, Lead Economist –
IFAD – Impact Assessment Cluster Head of RIA; Raffaello Cervigni, Head of GPS, World
Bank; Giovanni Tria, former Minister of Economy, Italy – University of Rome Tor Vergata;
Domenico Fanizza, Exec Dir IMF; Peter Hazell, IFPRI; Gianna Giannelli, University of
Florence; Nancy McCarthy, CEO LeadAnalytics; Conclusions: Sara Savastano, Director RIAIFAD

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Webinar 10 July; COVID-19 and the Bioeconomy

The bioeconomy is expected to contribute to sustainable development and in particular in rural areas. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of income distribution and related social issues. The recent “Black Lives Matter” is seen as one of the examples illustrating the direct and indirect costs of biases in income distributions that are a result of racial discrimination. These biases are reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic as this in particular hits less better-off households. There is general agreement that until a vaccine has not been developed a sustainable economic recovery will be difficult to achieve.

In this webinar leading international experts from policy and science will discuss the importance of the bioeconomy for economic recovery under COVID-19 while at the same time promoting equal access and participation. Speakers in particular will address important factors contributing to recovery and equality. They will discuss what is needed at scientific and policy level including recent developments in the EU and internationally.

Topics will include:

  • COVID-19 and the bioeconomy: and economic perspective
  • Experiences from 25 years of ICABR
  • What can we expect from EU bioeconomy policies
  • Regulation, the bioeconomy, and COVID-19
  • Development of the EU BioEconomy

The agenda is still in progress, check the BioMonitor website.

For our session, we will be using GoToWebinar. The login for the registration is provided as followshttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3112909141218185486

Please be aware that the session will be recorded and the relative video will be afterward publicly available on the BioMonitor website.

Wally Huffman passed away

We are saddened by the death of Wally Huffman. He was an important part of the ICABR family since its beginning. His papers and presentations contributed to our understanding of the impact of agricultural technology on farmers and consumers and how consumer attitudes towards technology are formed. His questions and comments improved our discussions and research. He helped in the planning of our conferences. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.

ICABR 2020 in Argentina cancelled

We invite all for the 2021 ICABR 25th anniversary conference in Ravello, Italy. More details will follow soon.

The ICABR Board of Directors and the Local Planning Committee have been closely monitoring the evolving Covid-19 pandemic situation and the global travel restrictions. We regret to announce that it will have to cancel the in-person conference scheduled for October 12 -15, 2020 in Cordoba, Argentina. Instead, we are initiating a series of free webinars and exploring more possibilities for online presentations and/or webinars in the fall. We will keep you informed about these.


Two ICABR webinars have been planned in collaboration with other international organizations. The first two have been organized with IFAD, FAO, IFPRI, and the World Bank and will be held on June 12th and June 19th. The topic of these seminars is “Bridging Research and Policy Challenges on Covid-19: Value Chains, Food Security, Women, Youth and Vulnerable Groups.”

We will send the official notification about this meeting this week. The second series of webinars beginning in July will focus on: How to Build Back Better: Increasing the Resilience of the Bioeconomy During and After Covid-19.

Online registration to attend the webinar: https://form.jotform.com/201461798308359

The second series of webinars beginning in July will focus on: How to Build Back Better: Increasing the Resilience of the Bioeconomy During and After Covid-19.

We would also like to inform you that the journal Sustainability has a call for papers for a special issue related to the ICABR 2020 conference theme “Accelerating Bioeconomy Growth through Applied Research and Policy Change.” We invite you to submit papers for the special issue. The submission deadline is November 30, 2020. Early submissions are highly encouraged. For more detailed information please visit the journal web-site: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/bioeconomy_growth. The journal charges an administrative fee. Authors of accepted papers can apply for a grant to cover the fee. Interested authors should contact after paper acceptance Travis Reynolds at twreynol@uvm.edu. Preference will be given to scholars from research institutes and universities in the Global South.

New publication

EU Bioeconomy Economics and Policies: Volume I & Volume II
Dries, L., Heijman, W., Jongeneel, R., Purnhagen, K., Wesseler, J. (Eds.)

This two-volume book provides an important overview to EU economic and policy issues related to the development of the bioeconomy. What have been the recent trends and what are the implications for future economic development and policy making? Where does EU bioeconomy policy sit within an international context and what are the financial frameworks behind them?

Volume I explores the economic theory of bioeconomy policy, as well as European integration, European agriculture, EU budget and future developments in EU agriculture policies.

Volume II explores the EU food sector, as well as food law and legislation, rural development in the EU, bio-based economy strategy, the circular economy and and bioenergy policies.

Related conferences

ICABR 2020Call for abstracts
Paper submissions accepting soon. Please await a link to submit.


Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395) Special Issue “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Cropping Systems”.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: December 1, 2019
Click here to submit manuscript to Agronomy Special Issue


German Journal of Agricultural Economics – Special Issue
Bioeconomy in Europe: Between social expectations and economic possibilities.
Click here for further details

Job posting

School of Governance, Economics & Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) has a number of job opportunities currently in economics, political science, international relations, sociology, and psychology. If interested or would like more information, the job openings are accessible on both the UM6P website and ResearchGate.

David Zilberman awarded Wolf Prize in Agriculture, 2019

Dr. David Zilberman, professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California – Berkeley, was awarded the 2019 Wolf Prize in Agriculture.

The Wolf Prize is an annual international award since 1970s, recognizing six categories: agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics, and the arts. Dr. Zilberman is one of 329 elite to be honored across the world as a Wolf Award recipients.

David is one of the founders of the ICABR conference, with Vittorio Santaniello and Robert Evenson. David has a passion for agricultural development and innovation as it applies to biotechnology and the bioeconomy. He has been a staunch supporter of technology advancement in developed and developing countries.

The Board of Directors of the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconmy Research would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to David for being awarded such a distinguished prize. His contributions to research and teaching make him a very deserving recipient.

Dr. David Zilbermann’s personal blog and response to his Award. >>> Click Here

To learn more about Dr. Zilbermand and his work, check out the February 2019 featured article on Globes – No genetic engineering means people die.