Call For Papers

The 2nd Global Food Security Forum for Young Scientists:
Agricultural investment and technological innovation in the changing world
27-29 Oct. 2023
Wuhan, China

The 2023 Global Food Security Forum for Young Scientist will be held on 27-29 Oct. 2023, Wuhan, China. The year marks the 2nd anniversary of the Global Food Security Association for Young Scientists, which is jointly founded by Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO). The association is committed to providing an international platform to encourage young scientists to communicate, exchange ideas, and give voice to the world.

The 2023 Global Food Security Forum for Young Scientists aims to revisit the role of agricultural investment and technological innovation in food security and resilience of developing countries in a changing world. In the backdrop of climatic change, more ever-increasing natural hazards, rising food trade protectionism, and lingering geopolitical conflicts, global food security has been threatened; Many developing countries in the Global South face enormous challenges in ensuring sufficient and healthy food for everyone. The critical roles of agricultural investment and technology in increasing food production and enhancing food security have been widely acknowledged. However, in face of the changing world, a series of research questions related to the possible roles of agricultural investment and technological innovation in food security and resilience are raised. What are the constraints of further increases in food production in different regions currently? What kind of agricultural investment and technological innovation could play a significant role in enhancing food production? How could agricultural investment and technological innovation improve the resilience of food production? Answers to these questions will inform the decision-making for enhancing food security and resilience in the changing world.

Call for Abstracts:

We welcome papers on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Agricultural capital
  • Agricultural infrastructure investment
  • Technology innovation and extension
  • Technology adoption
  • Germplasm innovation
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Sustainable Agrifood system
  • Food security and resilience

Submissions for Selected Presentations must include the title of presentation, a maximum of 600-word abstract, and three key words that provide a clear explanation of what will be presented at the forum. Presenting author and co-authors should include in this abstract a discussion of the relevance of the topic, research methodology, and potential for generating discussion during the meeting. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and technical correctness.
The abstract for presentation should be submitted to no later than 10 August, 2023. PLEASE USE “2023_ abstract_[Author’s Last Name]” AS THE EMAIL SUBJECT OF YOUR SUBMISSION.

Call for Organized Session Proposals:

The Forum provides opportunities for younger scientists and graduate students to organize parallel sessions. We welcome proposals from researchers and educators who are working on these issues from a variety of perspectives and methodologies. The themes of proposed sessions including but not limited to:

  • Agricultural digitalization and smart agriculture
  • Transformation of agri-food system
  • Modelling and simulation of farming system
  • Evaluation of agricultural policies and programs

Organized session proposals should be submitted as a digest summarizing the contents of the session. The proposal should include the title of the session, organizer name, affiliation and biography, outline of the session, information of discussant (if any) and list of proposed contributions. Examples of organized session formats include:
• Four presentations with no discussants or panelists;
• Three presentations with a maximum of one discussant;
• Two presentations with a maximum of two discussants or panelists;
• A lightning session with eight presentations and no discussants or panelists;
The organized session proposal should be submitted to no later than 10 July, 2023. PLEASE USE “2023_ proposal_[Organizer’s Last Name]” AS THE EMAIL SUBJECT OF YOUR SUBMISSION.

Best Paper Awards

The academic committee of the forum will select several candidates for the award among accepted papers and select one or more award papers prior to the conference.

We will be presenting Best Paper Prizes to exceptional student papers at the Forum. Any paper with a student as the first author will be considered for the Prize. In addition, authors who have graduated within the past 6 months will also be eligible for the Prize, provided their work was completed while they were still a student.

Authors who wish to be eligible for the Best Paper Awards should submit the complete paper along with the abstract to no later than August 10th, 2023. PLEASE USE “2023_ paper_[Author’s Last Name]” AS THE EMAIL SUBJECT OF YOUR SUBMISSION.

Publication options

Selected outstanding papers will be invited to submit the full paper to the following journals:

Important dates

20 July 2023 Deadline for session proposal submission
10 August 2023 Deadline for abstract submission
20 September 2023 Notification of abstract/proposal acceptance
5 October 2023 Early Registration Deadline
27-29 October 2023 The 2023 Forum sessions

Conference Registration

Please register for the forum by clicking on the following link:


Please feel free to contact the office of Global Food Security Association for Young Scientists via email: for any questions and suggestions. We look forward to seeing you in Wuhan this Fall!

Keynote Speaker (in alphabetical order)

Prasanna Boddupalli, Maize Program Director at CIMMYT

Dr. Prasanna is the Maize Program Director at CIMMYT. Dr. Prasanna provides technical oversight for an array of multi-institutional projects on the development and deployment of elite, stress-resilient and nutritionally enriched maize varieties in the tropics of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America, besides the application of novel tools and technologies for enhancing genetic gains and breeding efficiency. Dr. Prasanna has published over 200 research articles in various international journals and received several awards and recognitions.

Kevin Chen, Professor at Zhejiang University and Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI

Dr. Kevin Chen is Chair Professor of China Academy for Rural Development at Zhejiang University and Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. He serves as a member of the independent expert group, Global Nutrition Report. He is currently co-editor of China Agricultural Economic Review and managing editor of the journal International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. His research interests focus on agri-food value chain development, public policies on poverty, modeling agricultural markets, and South-South cooperation on agriculture.

Thomas Glauben, Director of IAMO

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. is a Director of IAMO and Head of the Department Agricultural Markets. He is also a full professor at the Faculty of Natural Science III and a co-opted professor at the Law and Economics Faculty of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. From 2013 to 2015, he has been a member of the Presidium of the Leibniz Association. Currently, he is a member of the boards of various journals and trade publishers. Since 2007 he has been an associate member of the REAP Center of Stanford University, USA.

Zhanli Sun, Research Associate at IAMO

Dr. Sun is a Research Associate in the Department Structural Change. At IAMO, he also coordinates the activities of the China International Research Group. His research focuses on land system change with various analytical and simulating models, including agent-based modeling, system dynamics, and Bayesian networks. He co-developed LEAM land-use simulation model at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Xuecai Zhang, Maize Molecular Breeder for Latin America at CIMMYT

Dr. Zhang is a scientist and maize molecular breeder based in Mexico with CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program. He implements modern molecular breeding applications to improve the efficiency of the Latin American maize breeding programs by dissecting the genetic architecture of the major maize complex traits including disease resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, and nutritional quality improvement. He also coordinates the work of mainstreaming genomic selection approaches in CIMMYT’s maize breeding pipeline globally.

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