Call for Papers
The Integration of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in the Context of Climate Change, the Energy Crisis and Food Insecurity.
Closing Date: 15 January 2009
Conference Dates and Venue: 12-14 November 2009; Agadir, Morocco
The Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for stakeholders to identify obstacles and constraints across specific regions of the world, and to gain from from lessons learned and best practices shared. As the remit of the Conference is global, experiences and issues from any part of the world are welcome.
Background, Scope and Aims
Food security is a human right, and its provision is a common responsibility. Recognition of this fundamental right by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) has been marked by a progressive evolution.
After 20 years, the Global Agreement on Food Security has reiterated this common responsibility of humankind as well as the need for both moral engagement and cooperation. The World Declaration on Nutrition adopted by the 1992 International Conference on Nutrition laid out clearly problems of hunger, of malnutrition, and of nutrition-related diseases; and it highlighted the import of poverty, ignorance and lack of education as significant drivers of global hunger and malnutrition.
A focus on agriculture raises other political and scientific debates on land use, technology, redistribution mechanisms, public health, biodiversity, sovereignty and collective security. Exacerbation of the current world food and energy crises and the human and environmental impacts of globalization and climate change (especially on the world’s poor) call for a rethinking of development in an holistic manner—and agricultural and rural development in a particular way. There is no question, there is need for an holistic approach—addressing problems with all their recognizable complexity, in a spirit of economic, social and environmental sustainability, equity and solidarity. This calls for a new paradigmatic approach to address the multiple dimensions of the issue area, interrelated with the overarching theme of this international scientific meeting.
Papers can be written in English, French, Spanish or Arabic. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for participants during the Conference.
The abstract shall be self-contained and citation-free and shall not exceed 150 words. Abstracts are also expected to contain the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), contact information, 5 keywords and biographical notes of author(s). All abstracts are evaluated by the Conference Scientific board.
The papers shall be evidence based and can be theoretical, empirical or policy oriented, and can approach the issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The papers submitted will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to conference themes, contributions, readability.
Moreover, papers shall be unpublished, present findings from original data analysis, fill critical gaps in knowledge or policy, analyze a fundamental problem of significant scale, an emerging issue or presents a robust analytical model.
All papers shall be submitted according to these instructions: max 7000 words or 20 pages, A4 Word, one column, 12pt Times New Roman font, margins width (2 cm if possible). The line spacing should be 1. Papers shall include the following:
- Title of the paper (Title of the paper in 14pt bold)
- Full name(s) of the author(s)
- Full contact details of the author(s)
- Biographical note(s) of author(s) (max 100 words)
- Abstract (200 words): This abstract will be also published in the conference abstract handbook
- 5 Keywords.
All submissions shall be sent according to the schedule below to Prof. Mohamed Behnassi by 15 January 2009.