We invite the submission of contributed papers and posters to the 52nd Annual Conference of the German Society of Economic and Social Sciences in Agriculture (GEWISOLA). The conference theme is "Challenges of Global Change for Agricultural Development and World Food Security" and it will take place at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) from September 26th - 28th, 2012. The main conference language will be German, but at least one continuous session strand will be in English and the submission of German and English papers is encouraged.
Find more information on the conference here: https://gewisola2012.uni-hohenheim.de/startseite?&L=1
Find the English version of the call for papers here: https://gewisola2012.uni-hohenheim.de/90020?&L=1
Find the German version of the call for papers here: https://gewisola2012.uni-hohenheim.de/90020?&L=0
Deadline for paper submissions is March 5, 2012.
Without predetermining the organization and content of the sessions,the following topics are expected to be covered by submitted papers:
A) Production economics:
i) The decline of productivity growth in agriculture in recent years as well as restrictions (e. g. area availability, area degradation, and water availability) for agricultural production.
ii) The trend towards large-scale investments in land in developing and transition countries.
B) Trade and prices:
i) International trade integration which leads European agriculture to be more exposed to international competition regarding price levels and volatility.
ii) Integration of global value added chains and product- and process standardization with the consideration of sustainability issues which expose the agricultural and food sectors to opportunities and risks.
iii) "New" demand components (bioenergy, material use), which usually compete with food demand and increase scarcity on world agricultural markets.
iv) Globally increasing input costs for agricultre, mainly driven by the vast increase in energy prices in recent years.
C) Environment and climate:
i) The interaction between climate change and the agricultural and food sector: on the one hand, the agricultural and food sectors will be influenced by climate change. On the other hand, these sectors contribute to climate change because of the high emissions of greenhouse gases.
ii) Concepts for the internalization of negative externalities resulting from the usage of natural resources.
iii) The potential of changes in consumption patterns to reduce the demand for natural resources.
D) Institutional and social issues:
i) The development of sustainable institutions and social networks, which can support the adaptation of the agricultural and food sector to global change.
ii) The social and gender dimensions of the adaptation of agriculture to global change.
iii) Concepts for the realization of improved global equity and food security.