Agriculture and Food

Date: June 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. (CDT)/ 5:00 p.m. (CEST)

Session Overview

Rural areas around the world are faced with the need to supply an increasingly urban population with sufficient food, feed, fibre, and bio-based energy and products. Considering the current way of producing and distributing food as well as dietary patterns, this results in several environmental, economic, and social impacts. These impacts on rural areas are often overlooked by consumers due to the globalization of supply chain and the resulting physical and symbolic detachment.

This session will provide participants with increased knowledge, awareness, and competences about the methodologies for and application of sustainability assessment of food systems. The session will include both a general overview and more focused contributions on specific aspects through case studies on circular agri-food initiatives, the impacts of food losses and waste, the social impacts of coffee production, and the evaluation of city-region food systems sustainability.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the main relationship between food systems sustainability and rural development
  • Identify challenges regarding food systems sustainability assessment
  • Identify how food system sustainability assessment can be applied to the policy cycle


  • Fabio De Menna, Universita di Bologna, Italy
  • Victoria Soldevila, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain
  • Lourdes Viladomiu, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Laura Brenes-Peralta, Universita di Bologna, Italy