Final Conference Krakow – preliminary program

 18 – 19 March 2019


Location: Department of Sociology building

Jagiellonian University

Kraków,  52 Grodzka Street
(map below)

MONDAY, March 18, 2019


12:00     Visit to the Jagiellonian University Museum (optional), at 15 Jagiellońska Street

13.30     Arrival and registration – coffee service (Dept. of Sociology, at 52 Grodzka Street)

Afternoon plenary session in room 79

14:30     Welcome – Tessa Avermaete (KU Leuven)

14:40     SUFISA introduction – the key findings in a nutshell – Erik Mathijs, KU Leuven

15:00     Panel discussion about sustainability and future farming strategies
Moderator: Steven Van Passel, Hasselt University
Members of the panel

  • Hannah Chiswell, Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire
  • Egon Noe, Professor at University of Southern Denmark
  • Pierre-Marie Aubert, Coordinator of the European Agriculture Initiative at IDDRI
  • George Vlahos, Assistant Professor at Agricultural University of Athens

15:50     Coffee break

16:20     Keynote speaker: Mr Jan Falkowski

Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, challenges ahead

17:00     Voices from SUIFSA researchers: Eewoud Lievens, Emilija Manic and Mikelis Grivins

Closing and instructions for the workshops for Tuesday (room 19)

18:30     Afternoon meal at the Czeczotka Restaurant

Sponsored by City of Kraków and Dept. of Sociology


Stary Port – Tawerna Żeglarska”, 27 Straszewskiego Street
Snacks and the first drink (beer) is supported by the Department of Sociology. Further drinks should be individually paid by participants


TUESDAY, March 19, 2019

 Dept. of Sociology building at 52 Grodzka Street, rooms: 79, 81, 82

9:00        Parallel sessions

Workshop 1.1: Supply chain arrangements: new perspectives from European agri-food economies

Chairs: Damian Maye, Mauro Vigani, Hannah Chiswell (University of Gloucestershire) and Pierre-Marie Aubert (IDDRI)

  • Agricultural commodity markets and new forms of institutional governance
    Damian Maye, Mauro Vigani, Hannah Chiswell, Erik Mathijs, Isabelle Bonjean and James Kirwan
  • Sustaining wheat markets in Latvia, Poland and Serbia
    Zaklina Stojanovic, Radmila Dragutinovic-Mitrovic, Piotr Nowak and Mikelis Grivins
  • Factors Affecting the Successful Implementation of Direct to Consumer (D2C) Food Business Models: Evidence from Small-Scale Farmers and Fishers
    Barbara Tocco, Matthew Gorton, Jeremy Phillipson, Richard Freeman and Gunnar Vittersø (Strength2food project, Newcastle University, UK)
  • Sustainable transition in a context of market uncertainty: what tools for farmers? Insights from a scenario exercise
    Aubert, PM, Loveluck, W., Gardin, B., Schwoob, MH, Treyer, S.
  • Discussant: Louise Manning (Royal Agricultural University)


Workshop 1.2: Risk Management in European Agriculture: Evidence-based Policy and Behavioral Perspectives

Chair: Isabelle Bonjean (KU Leuven)

  • The CAP Evaluation tool box and evidence based-policy from the perspective of DG Agri
    Mariusz LEGOWSKI (DG Agri)
  • Managing Market and Production Risk in CAP post-2020
    Erik Mathijs (KU Leuven)
  • How unwrapping Producer’s Risk Preferences can Help Design Better Policies
    Isabelle Bonjean (KU Leuven)


10:30     Coffee break

11:00     Parallel sessions




Workshop 2.1: Fresh Water Aquaculture – Fishbowl Session

Chair: Susanne van Muenchhausen

The session will be organised in the form of a ‘Fish bowl’. The format for this is quite straightforward: following a brief presentation by Dr Susanne von Münchhausen, our two invited experts (Anna Świątek from the Dolina Karpia LAG and Carl-Christian Schmidt from former Head of the Fisheries Policies Division of the OECD) will briefly respond to the main issues raised.

Workshop 2.2: Responding to change – strategies in a diverse and evolving landscape

Chair: Martin Hvarregaard Thorsøe, Mikelis Grivins, Talis Tisenkopfs,

  • Changing conditions for European dairy producers
    Martin Hvarregaard Thorsøe, Postdoc Aarhus University
  • Strategic response of European dairy farming systems – Four short introductions on
    Denmark, Egon Bjørnshave Noe, University of Southern Denmark
    United Kingdom, Damian Maye, University of Gloucestershire
    France, Pierre-Marie Aubert, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
    Latvia, Mikelis Grivins, Baltic Studies Centre
    Greece, Emi Tsakalou, Agricultural University of Athens
  • Joint debate: “Sustainable strategies in a diverse and evolving landscape?”
    Moderated by Talis Tisenkopfs, Baltic Studies Centre

12:30     Lunch break at the Department of Sociology building

14:00     Parallel sessions

Workshop 3.1: Territorial differentiation – CAP doesn’t really address this issue. Novel pathways for regional agricultural policies
Chairs: Fabio Bartolini (UNIPI), Daniele Vergamini (UNIPI), Jose Muñoz-Rojas (University of Evora)

  • The role of territorial conditions in driving decision making in farming systems across Europe
    Josè Munoz Rojas, Fabio Bartolini, Daniele Vergamini
  • Eliciting territorial condition influencing decision making in the farming system
  • Current knowledge about strategies and institutional arrangements
  • Joint debate: Towards a better understanding of territorial conditions and decision making.

Workshop 3.2: Financial instruments, agricultural processes and Future expectations – forecasting – what steers our expectations ?
Chairs: Egon Noe (SDU), Mikelis Grivins (BSC) and Martin Thorsoe (AU) with contributions from Tatjana Rakonjac-Antic and Marija Jovovic (both University of Belgrade)

Short country-wise presentations based on the following three questions:

  • Who are the main financial actors engaging with farmers? Are there new financial actors entering the agricultural landscape?
  • What are the main dynamics in relations between financial actors and farmers? What kind of business, service, ownership and relationship models are emerging (if any)?
  • To what extent do the national legislation and regulation support/hamper new kinds of investors and farming businesses?

Plenary discussion based on the questions:

  • What are the major differences if any in the financial instruments and external investors?
  • To which extend do external financial actors plays a domination role in defining future expectation to farming?

15:30     Coffee break

Plenary session

15:50     Benedykt OLSZEWSKI , speech on behalf of Mr Siekierski (Member of the European          Parliament)

16:05     Plenary session: ‘Final project reflections’

  • Reflections on stakeholder engagement. James Kirwan (HNEE)
  • The voice of SUFISA researchers : Daniele Vergamini (UNIPI), Hannah Chiswell (CCRI), Isabelle Bonjean (KU Leuven), Adam Dabrowksi (JU)

16:45     Closing the conference


17: 30 – 19:30 – dinner at the restaurant CZECZOTKA, Main Market Square (

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This project has received funds from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 635577