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Emerging Research Issues in Food Marketing and Distribution: Current research efforts and future areas of promising research
The global food system is facing the formidable challenge of feeding a growing population (reaching nearly 10 Billion in 2050) with scarcer critical production resources (i.e., water, land, labor, among others). This presentation will provide an overview of food and agricultural economic research led by Prof. Gómez’s research group aimed at identifying food system strategies to address such challenges. The presentation will illustrate a variety of current projects to understand the forces shaping the structure of food supply chains including production, distribution, processing, retailing and consumption. The presentation will discuss such topics as bioeconomic models to identify optimal strategies to control the impact of invasive species by farmers, tradeoffs and complementarities between economic and on-economic outcomes (environmental, social, nutritional) in food supply chains, consumer demand response to sustainability attributes of food products, and the changing dynamics of the supermarket sector, among others. The presentation will also discuss promising areas for future research and the required approaches to such research.
Dr. Miguel I. Gómez has a MS and a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Illinois. He is the Robert G. Tobin Associate Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University. He is Director of the Food Industry Management Program, which is globally recognized as the premier food industry education and research program. Prof. Gómez concentrates his research and outreach program on the economics food marketing and distribution. He has 85 publications in highly peer reviewed journals and his work has over 3,000 citations in Google Scholar. His work has been published in top journals including Science, Management Science, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Retailing, Food Policy, among others. His research program has been funded with over 100 research grants from highly competitive programs (including the National Science Foundations and the U.S. department of Agriculture) exceeding $30 million dollars in the past decade. He has won several prestigious teaching and research awards, Including the Rising Star Faculty Award of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. He has consulted for prestigious institutions such as the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank.