Sustainable Food Security 2050

Disruptive Innovations: better business, management, science, government

Buenos Aires, Argentina | June 23 – 27, 2018

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) cordially invites submissions for participation in the 28th Annual IFAMA World Conference. Participants from industry, government, and academia are welcome to share ideas and react to the latest research and practice in agribusiness. 

Call for Symposium Contributions

IFAMA is inviting submissions in any of the following four categories:

A - Completed Academic Agribusiness Research Papers
B - Completed Teaching Case Studies with Teaching Note 
C - Short Proposals of Academic Papers or Teaching Cases
D - Organized Discussion Sessions

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and can be uploaded on this website through the submission portal (See link below). No direct emails or conventional mail submissions will be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: For the first time, and on a trial basis, IFAMA is accepting submissions in both English and Spanish.

Description of Categories

A - Completed Academic Agribusiness Research Papers (Including Research Case Studies)

The suggested maximum number is 10 to 12  pages (Font size 11, single-spaced); include a title page,  an abstract (140 words max) and up to 5 keywords. Please do not list authors anywhere in the paper, as these are recorded elsewhere in the system.

A suggested structure for papers follows:

  1. Problem definition, context, and relevance for an agribusiness company
  2. Brief review of existing literature relevant to the paper
  3. Methodology and its relevance to an agribusiness company
  4. Brief illustration of key findings
  5. Discussion and implication of key findings for an agribusiness firm
  6. Concluding observations
B - Completed Teaching Case Studies with accompanying Teaching Note 

The suggested maximum number of pages is 10 to 15 (font 11 size, single-spaced), plus reading material and title page, an abstract (140 words max), and up to 5 keywords. Please do not list authors on the paper as they are recorded elsewhere in the system. Teaching Notes are typically not larger than Case.

Please refer to the IFAMR Case Study Submission Guidelines as a reference. Provide a reasonable current reading list (indicative max 50 pages. It is ok to provide links to recent online pages, if active; ideally not more than 5 to 10 pieces).

Cases must have a Teaching Note (refer to IFAMR Guidelines for a Teaching Note. Teaching notes must contain a sound applied reference to an underlying theory or the lack thereof. This helps instructors best structure the case for use in their classes. For examples see other teaching cases published by IFAMR.

Please number the pages in the top right corner and provide the paper title on each page in the top header.

C - Short Proposals of Academic Papers or Teaching Cases

A descriptive summary of an incomplete academic paper or teaching case can be submitted for consideration if the full paper or case is not yet ready and the authors desire an opportunity to interact with peers during the Symposium in order to improve the final document.

A maximum number of 2 pages (font size 11, single-spaced) is suggested and include a title page. Please do not list authors on the abstract or title page as they are recorded in submission system separately.

A suggested structure for the abstract follows:

  1. Problem definition, context, and relevance of a paper. Provide a brief reference to key literature
  2. Methodology and its relevance for agribusiness company (does it address a theoretical or applied issue, and if so why is that relevant?)
  3. Explain findings
  4. Discuss the implications for an agribusiness firm
  5. Key concluding observations

Suggested structure for an abstract submission for a case study:

  1. Explain the key issue at the core of case;
  2. Explain key target (undergraduate, graduate, executive education);
  3. Illustrate key discussion points, refer to relevant underpinning theory and prior published cases (if and as appropriate);
  4. Provide the key take-aways or benefits for students utilizing the case.

Please provide page numbers on papers or cases. Insert numbers into the top right corner; provide the title of the paper on each page in the top header.

D - Organized Discussion Sessions

Proposals may be submitted by an organizer to hold a (90 minutes) Round Table with confirmed speakers on a "hot topic" of direct relevance to agribusiness.

Proposals should be a max number of 2 pages, plus contain a title page and abstract. Please do not list the authors, facilitator, or speakers on the title page as they are captured by submission system when you upload your proposal.

Suggested structure of session:

Title page with abstract, up to 5 keywords;

  1. Provide a brief description of the general problem to be discussed and its relevance for agribusiness.
  2.  Provide the expected contribution by each speaker (why are they the ideal person to discuss the problem).
  3. Provide the key benefits/ takeaways for the audience attending session.
  4. Describe how the Q&A session will be handled (It is suggested you save this for the end and budget at least 30% for the questions and answers.

Important Dates:

Proposals accepted until January 21, 2018: Please submit as early as possible to avoid disappointment in case available slots fill up.

February 28, 2018:  Authors will be notified of acceptance into paper or poster sessions, or teaching cases.  Upon confirmation of the intent to present, authors must register for the meeting in order to maintain the right to present at the Symposium. (Proposals submitted after January 21st will be notified later than February 28).

March 31, 2018:  Last day to submit a full case or complete manuscript for Best Paper Competition or to be featured in the Teaching Case Study showcase.

May 1, 2018:  Final paper is due to the organizers.

June 1, 2018:  Final Program Schedule available online

June 24 - 28, 2018:  Presentations scheduled.  

For questions please contact: academic@ifama.org 

2018 Symposium Chair:
Anoma Ariyawardana, University of Queensland, Australia