32nd International Conference of
Agricultural Economists

Transformation Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems

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


Plenary Sessions at ICAE 2024

This is an overview of the Plenary Sessions that will be held at the conference. For session details and timing, please consult the conference program app (available from July 2024).

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


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


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

Rachael Garrett (Cambridge University, UK)

The effectiveness and equity of existing approaches to end forest loss in tropical food systems and more promising alternatives

Eva-Marie Meemken (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Policy for decent work in food systems

Plenary 5: Gender in Agri-Food Systems


Lecture topic

Jemimah Njuki (UN Women, Kenya)

Sonia Akter (ANU, Australia)

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

Agnes Quisumbing (IFPRI, USA)

From bargaining power to empowerment: Measuring the unmeasurable

Cheryl Doss (Tufts University, USA)

Changing patterns of gendered labor in agriculture

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


Lecture topic

Soumya Balasubramanya (World Bank, USA)

Water and agricultural development

Ximena Rueda (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

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

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


Lecture topic

Tom Reardon (Michigan State University, USA)

How to come up with internationally relevant questions in agri-food systems research?

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

The winners of the following prizes will present their papers:

  • T.W. Schultz Prize for Best Contributed Paper
  • Uma Lele Prize for Best Contributed Paper on Gender
  • Nils Westermarck Prize for Best Poster
  • Carl K. Eicher Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation on African Development

Closing ceremony with remarks by:

  • Uma Lele (Outgoing IAAE President)
  • Matin Qaim (Incoming IAAE President)
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