Call for Papers
A substantial part of this online seminar series will be reserved for academic exchange. We invite researchers to submit an extended abstract of a paper to be presented. We welcome contributions from all relevant disciplines, including but not limited to innovation science, science and technology studies, development studies, economics and philosophy. We understand agricultural value chains to include chains leading to food products, clothing, energy, and biobased applications.
About the topic
Inclusive agricultural value chains hold the promise of improving the livelihoods of farmers, while offering commercial actors a reliable supply of high-quality raw materials and products. Such value chains can provide farmers with economic opportunities and resources, while offering commercial actors a chance to shape relevant agricultural practices.
Including local stakeholders in the set-up or design of agricultural value chains – taking into account their needs, values, wishes and knowledge – can be a way to deal with uncertainties about sustainability (Pretty, 1995, Rist et al, 2007). Approaches to creating sustainable agriculture that focus mainly on technological aspects while neglecting local stakeholders are often unsuccessful from a business perspective (Hounkonnou et al, 2012). Such a lack of inclusion has already negatively affected many sustainable agricultural value chains (Ibid., De Hoop et al, 2016, Balkema & Pols, 2015). Inclusion of local stakeholders can be a promising basis for robustness and commercial success (Devaux et al, 2016, Harper et al, 2015).
Local producers often have valuable knowledge about land management, their natural environment, and the associated biomass. This knowledge is indispensable for the sustainable supply of agricultural produce and reducing economic inequalities (IPCC, 2019). When taking not just local producers but also a wider range of local actors into account, inclusion may enhance distributive justice. Including local agricultural producers can thus be expected to have both epistemic and moral benefits (Wals, 2007).
However, there are many uncertainties about how to organise inclusive agricultural value chains (Devaux et al, 2017; Kamali et al, 2018), especially because such value chains usually have a global set-up, while the production of agricultural commodities takes place in widely diverging contexts (Meckenstock et al, 2016). This makes it difficult to derive (scientific) generalizations of how to enhance sustainability and economic fairness in this type of value chains. Nevertheless, experiences and practices in contexts are important for understanding how agricultural value chains can be structured in such a way that inclusiveness of local stakeholders and business sustainability can beneficially go hand in hand.
Questions to be addressed
Specific topics regarding building inclusive agricultural value chains that we would like to see addressed include:
- Conceptualizing inclusion and distributive justice in agricultural value chains;
- Identifying levels of inclusion amongst local stakeholders and the associated strategies;
- Governance mechanisms to support inclusive agricultural value chains;
- The role of certification in building inclusive value chains;
- Responsibilities of various actors along the value chain to achieve inclusion;
- The impact of specific technological innovations on the set-up of inclusive value chains;
- The role of local institutions and culture in the set-up of inclusive value chains;
- Ways to take the capabilities of various actors into account;
- The relationship between inclusion and the security of supply throughout the chain;
- The contribution of inclusion to business strategies and commercial interests;
- How can inclusive value chains contribute to community resilience in the face of global, catastrophic events?
Other research questions and topics that fit the general theme are welcome as well.
People interested in contributing to the workshop are requested to submit an extended abstract of 1000 words to before 15 August 2020. You will be notified before 30 August 2020 whether you are invited to participate in the workshop. Abstracts should be submitted through this website:
Cost of participation
The fee for academics to participate in this online seminar series will be €40. Scholars from the global South for whom the registration fee is a hindrance to participating, may contact us to request dispensation.
On basis of a selection of the contributions to the workshop, we intend to compose a special issue for a suitable journal in the field (such as e.g. Agriculture and Human Values or Environmental and Agricultural Ethics). If your paper is selected to be part of this special issue, you will be invited before the end of October 2020 to submit your full paper (deadline still to be determined).
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