Economics of next generation innovations in food and agriculture

July 30, 2018.  

Innovations are changing the economic and social context of agriculture. Agricultural economists are challenged to address these with new interdisciplinary concepts and models based on sound understanding of the emerging innovations. This topic of emerging innovations was the focus of the Session organized by Joachim von Braun, ZEF Director, during the 30th International Conference of Agricultural Economists in Vancouver, Canada, on 29 July 2018.

The session identified the implications of emerging innovations on farming communities and consumers, and looked into the medium run future (next two decades). The speakers highlighted economic implications of next generation technological and institutional innovations in food and agriculture, especially digital and biological innovations and their combinations and related applications with big data based analyses, precision farming, new forms of mechanization, rural solar energy systems, indoor agriculture, as well as related policy innovations.

For more information, please see the hyperlinked presentations from the session.

Convener and chair of panel session: Joachim von Braun, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Professor for Economic and Technological Change



  • <link file:5975 internal link in current>Ousmane Badiane, Senegal (Africa Director, IFPRI, Dakar): Agricultural policy Innovations in African.

  • <link file:5976 internal link in current>Marshall Burke, USA (Prof. Stanford University): Innovations in using satellites for measurement of agricultural productivity, environmental change, and poverty in Africa

  • <link file:5977 internal link in current>Maximo Torero, Peru (Executive Director, The World Bank): Economics of IT-Connectivity, Rural Change, and Youth

  • <link file:5978 internal link in current>Ashok Gulati, India (Prof. ICRIER, New Delhi): The Economics of next Innovations in Indian Food and Agriculture

  • <link file:5979 internal link in current>Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Denmark (Prof. Emeritus, Cornell University and Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen University): Vertical indoor farming for improved diets. Is the economics right?

  • <link file:5980 internal link in current>Regina Birner, Germany (Prof. University of Hohenheim): Governance and economics of mechanizing Africa’s smallholder agriculture

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