32nd International Conference of
Agricultural Economists

Transformation Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems

NASC Complex, New Delhi, India | August 2-7, 2024


For session details and timing, please visit the detailed ICAE 2024 programme https://icae2024.in/detailed-programme

Plenary Sessions at ICAE 2024

This is an overview of the Plenary Sessions that will be held at the conference.

Plenary 1: Welcome and Opening

Ceremonial opening and welcome addresses by:

  • Ramesh Chand (Chair, Local Organizing Committee)
  • Matin Qaim (Program Chair)
  • Uma Lele (President, IAAE)

Plenary 2: Presidential Address and Elmhirst Lecture

Chair: Nick Vink (Past President, IAAE)


Lecture topic

Uma Lele (IAAE and University of Delhi, India)

Presidential Address: Determinants of female labor force participation

Thomas W. Hertel (Purdue University, USA)

Elmhirst Memorial Lecture: Global and local policies for respecting planetary boundaries: Tradeoffs and synergies

Plenary 3: Healthy and Sustainable Diets and Nutrition

Chair: Wendy Umberger (ACIAR, Australia)


Lecture topic

Purnima Menon (CGIAR and IFPRI, India)

Eating well: Insights on dietary patterns and drivers of healthy dietary choices in low- and middle-income countries

Shenggen Fan (China Agricultural University, China)

Healthy and sustainable diets in China and globally

William Masters (Tufts University, USA)

Measuring food access using the Cost of a Healthy Diet (CoHD): Insights from retail prices worldwide

Marco Springmann (LSHTM, UK)

Policies for healthy and sustainable food systems

Plenary 4: Agri-Food Value Chains and Sustainability

Chair: Anna Lartey (University of Ghana, Ghana)


Lecture topic

Chris Barrett (Cornell University, USA)

Fostering healthy, equitable, resilient, and sustainable agri-food value chains

Meike Wollni (University of Goettingen, Germany)

Sustainability standards in agri-food value chains: Impacts and trade-offs for smallholder farmers

Ximena Rueda (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

Markets, smallholders, and the global commons: Opportunities for transformative change in uncertain times

Eva-Marie Meemken (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Policy for decent work in food systems

Plenary 5: Gender in Agri-Food Systems

Chair: Lenis Saweda O. Liverpool-Tasie (Michigan State University, USA)


Lecture topic

Agnes Quisumbing (IFPRI, USA)

From bargaining power to empowerment: Measuring the unmeasurable

Bina Agarwal (University of Manchester, UK; Institute of Economic Growth, India)

Beyond the family: The transformative potential of women’s group farming

Sonia Akter (ANU, Australia)

Gender inclusive and climate resilient agricultural development pathways for South and Southeast Asia

Cheryl Doss (Tufts University, USA)

Changing patterns of gendered labor in agriculture

Plenary 6: Agri-Food Systems, Climate, and the Environment

Chair: Joshua Ariga (Gates Foundation, USA)


Lecture topic

Ramesh Chand (NITI Aayog, India)

Reimagining agriculture for poverty alleviation and other development goals

Soumya Balasubramanya (World Bank, USA)

Water and agricultural development

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea (Cornell University, USA)

Is global agriculture growing more resilient to climatic shocks?

Elinor Benami (Virginia Tech, USA)

Seeding change to manage climate change: Growing insights from four USDA programs to support climate-smart agriculture

Plenary 7: Novel Approaches in Agri-Food Systems Research

Chair: Travis J. Lybbert (University of California – Davis, USA)


Lecture topic

Tom Reardon (Michigan State University, USA)

Rocking the boat to change the debate: Identifying and testing “conventional wisdom”

Bhagyashree Katare (Purdue University, USA)

Novel approaches to analyze consumer behavior and policies to promote healthy and sustainable consumption

David Wuepper (University of Bonn, Germany)

Using satellite data in agricultural and resource economics

Hope Michelson (University of Illinois, USA)

Navigating the measurement frontier: New insights into small farm realities

Plenary 8: Prize Papers, Awards, and Closing

Chair: Meike Wollni (University of Goettingen, Germany)

The winners of the following prizes will present their papers:

  • T.W. Schultz Prize for Best Contributed Paper: Phuong Dung Le
  • Uma Lele Prize for Best Contributed Paper on Gender: Kajal Gulati, Travis Lybbert, Koustuv Saha
  • Nils Westermarck Prize for Best Poster: Jeanne de Montalembert
  • Carl K. Eicher Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation on African Development: Onasis Tharcisse Adetumi Guedegbe

Recognition of new IAAE Honorary Life Members

Closing ceremony with remarks by:

  • Himanshu Pathak (LOC Co-Chair, ICAR)
  • Uma Lele (Outgoing IAAE President)
  • Matin Qaim (Incoming IAAE President)
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