Scientific Workshop

The sustainability of food supply chains:

theory, tools and empirical analysis

Parma, 11 and 12 April 2024


The Workshop stems from the topicality of the theme "sustainability" in food supply chains and its implications for actions and strategies involving companies and policymakers. Sustainability aims to draw attention to the risks arising from the inappropriate use of natural resources and the need to safeguard production systems for future genera-tions. With the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development adopted in 2015, the concept of sustainability, which cover the environmental, social and economic dimensions of a system, was formulated in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), covering a large part of concerns related to the agricultural sector, rural development and, more generally, food production and consumption. In this regard, the FAO, with the SAFA indicators, has svnthesised an approach that allows a holistic assessment of the sustainability of Food Systems.

At the same time, the adoption of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) reporting and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) to food chains, pushes producers to assess their level of sustainability and to communicate it to stakeholders and consumers, so that they can develop their strategies for purchasing products with low impact on sustainability and preserving their health. All these issues place researchers in front of new research paths that deserve to be studied in depth by comparing experiences and research methods with an interdisciplinary approach.


The workshop aims to promote the comparison between researchers with respect to the methodologies used and the research underway in assessing the sustainability of the food systems that characterise the Italian food system.


○ Accounting and reporting systems for the sustainability of food systems
○ Food environments for analysing consumption patterns
○ Foodshed and Local Agrifood Systems
○ Legal models of alternative and sustainable agrifood supply chain
○ Legal tools for food labeling sustainability
○ Quality and sustainable consumption patterns
○ Sustainability and alternative food networks
○ Sustainability and efficiency of farmer markets
○ Sustainable consumption patterns
○ Sustainable governance models
○ Technology transfer and good practices for increasing sustainability along food chains
○ The analysis of the impact of food policies
○ The role of food procurement for viable rural areas
○ Legislative challenges concerning the definition and regulation of food sustainability in the agrifood chains
○ Regulatory solutions and policies adopted at national and supranational level aiming at boosting a sustainable food chain as well as sustainable consumers' choices