The Agriculture and Food Special Interest Group is part of the System Dynamics Society Special Interest Groups (SIGs).SIGs bring together members of the System Dynamics Society with a shared interest in a topic area. They meet during the annual conference, and communicate on an ad-hoc basis during the rest of the year.
During the International Conference of the Systems Dynamics Society 2015 in Cambridge Massachusetts the A&F SIG was officially proposed to the Society, during Delft’s conference on 2016 it was approved, recognized, and listed as an official Special Interest Group of the System Dynamics Society.
The SIG focus on food systems as integrated dynamic systems in which economic, social and biophysical are important elements to enhance our understanding and management. This group welcomes a multidisciplinary perspective to deal with topics such as:
Input supply sector dynamics (e.g., seeds and fertilizer)
Innovation dynamics (adoption of new technologies or
techniques in agricultural production, processing and distribution)
Environmental impacts, including land use change, nutrient dynamics and climate change
The role of food systems in economic growth and rural development
Market dynamics and supply chain issues
Social dynamics and human cultural aspects linked to food systems
Human health and nutritional aspects
To this date, the SIG has 46 members, and has arranged 7 Monthly Meetings to gather and discuss Food, Agriculture and Water topics.