About

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.

History

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.

Founders

Alberto Atzori
Stefano Armenia
Vanessa Armendariz
Charles Nicholson
Birgit Kopainsky
Paulo Goncalves
Ben Turner

Focus Topics

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)
Farm management
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

Now

To this date, the SIG has 46 members, and has arranged 7 Monthly Meetings to gather and discuss Food, Agriculture and Water topics.

2016-2017 Team

Alberto Atzori
Hector Menendez
Ben Turner
Lucia Avila

Goals

1. ENHANCE COLLABORATIONS AMONG SD AGRICULTURE AND FOOD MODELERS
2. DEVELOP multidisciplinary EXPERTISE TO ASSES CURRENT AND PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD POLICIES
3. INCREASE AWARENESS OF SD AMONG FOOD SYSTEM STAKEHOLDERS
4. SUPPORT STAKEHOLDERS IN THE USE OF SD TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
5. STIMULATE MODEL DEVELOPMENT ON FOOD SYSTEM ISSUESs