There are presently no open calls for submissions.

With the cancellation of the 30th IFAMA-WICaNeM 2020 June conference due to the measures implemented worldwide to contain COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”), also the need occurred (for a smaller-scale), a theme-focused conference on the impact of Covid-19 on agri-food.

Agri-food business plays a crucial role and central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Covid-19 has displayed many of the vulnerabilities and externalities facing agri-food, and it is more evident than before that agri-food supply networks require critical rethinking. New practices and technologies need to be developed and existing ones – adapted, drawing on insights from sectors and industries, some of which not previously engaged in agri-food. The impact of COVID-19 is tremendous, and amongst others, underpins new collaboration patterns in agri-food. As the novel coronavirus and the measures put in place to contain it are striking, the future of agri-food is narrowed down to mitigating the challenges posed by the pandemic, as existing and emerging collaboration patterns are tested to their limits. 

For the November IFAMA-WICaNeM conference, the organizers invite participants to discuss and share their vision on how COVID-19 is impacting agri-food supply networks, now and in the future. 

The full text of the call for papers is available at the conference webpage:


Paper submissions

We invite you to submit an abstract of 750 words by 30 September 2020 through the online submission system of the conference: 


We invite a range of formats to stimulate debate during the conference. There will be regular sessions in which academic papers are presented. Next to this, it is also possible to submit a proposal for an ‘open session’ including academic, business or other stakeholders from different corners of agri-food networks (combinations are preferred). There will also be an opportunity for poster presentations.