It is like the week before Christmas in the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) office. Imagine the week before Christmas for the family that is hosting all of the friends and relatives for Christmas lunch. We are excited but we are also very busy! Eight GFAR staff along with colleagues from the University of Adelaide’s School of Economics and University of South Australia are organising the 62nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society (AARES) starting at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday 6 February.
This year, the conference theme is: Abundance in an Era of Scarcity? Challenges and Opportunities for Australasian Agriculture, Environment, Food, Resources and Agribusiness. We are expecting 250 to 300 conference delegates from around Australia and the world!
Each year the conference aims to highlight the latest economic research and policy innovations in the areas of agriculture, environment, food, resource and agribusiness. The 2018 conference will offer a forum for applied and theoretical economists to gather along with industry and policy makers to share experiences and draw insights. We will learn ways to create opportunities to achieve rising and shared prosperity while better managing the natural environment in our region and beyond.
GFAR staff and postgraduate research students are set to present 22 talks outlining new ideas and findings from research as well as coordinate and lead discussions in workshops and symposia throughout the conference. For example, presentations will cover work emerging from:
- Our Urban Consumer Study in Vietnam
- Early research by the IndoDairy project team
- A study that examined Australian consumers’ willingness to reduce personal meat consumption
- Multiple different research approaches and research questions related to the use and management of water resources and in particular, water in the Murray Darling Basin.
GFAR will also host a special discussion forum for industry members of Food South Australia (Food SA) on the opening day of the conference. The objective of the industry forum is to introduce and engage key industry leaders from the South Australian agrifood industry with global experts in agrifood economics and research through the platform of the AARES conference.
Key discussion themes for the forum are:
- Addressing the skills gap and creating clearer career paths in the agrifood sector
- Creation of an environment to ensure successful collaboration between industry, research and academia
- Ensuring collaboration to facilitate innovative business models
- Future global agrifood trends and what they mean for South Australia