ZEF Colloquium on Environmental impacts along food supply chains: what do we know?

January 13, 2022 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

ZEF Colloquium

Speaker: Koen Deconinck, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Title: Environmental impacts along food supply chains: what do we know?

Food systems account for about a third of man-made GHG emissions, and an even larger share of land use, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water use, and water pollution. As part of a wider project on evidence gaps in food systems, this presentation will review what we know and don’t know about environmental impacts along food supply chains – that is, the relative contribution of different stages of the supply chain, as well as the relative performance of different supply chains (different products, different producers, etc). Much is known, although serious gaps remain. However, one emerging insight is that the research community has made great progress in recent years through a variety of approaches. Cross-fertilization between these approaches, and greater interaction with policymakers, will make it possible to inform more sustainable choices by consumers, producers, investors, and governments.

Koen Deconinck is an Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and lead author of the OECD report “Making Better Policies for Food Systems” (2021) and ‘Concentration in Seed Markets’ (2018). Before joining the OECD, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Leuven in Belgium (under the supervision of Johan Swinnen) and has published research in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Food Policy, Business History, the Journal of Agricultural Economics, and the Annual Review of Resource Economics, among others. He is also the co-author (with Johan Swinnen, Thijs Vandemoortele and Anneleen Vandeplas) of Quality Standards, Value Chains, and International Development: Economic and Political Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2015)..

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