The Australasian Agri-Food Research Network is an open network of researchers, activists and practitioners interested in food, agriculture and the rural sector, mainly based in Australia and New Zealand. Since its inception in 1992 it has convened regular annual research conferences (the Agrifood) and facilitated the publication of research for the purposes of promoting innovative interdisciplinary-based research on agri-food issues, encouraging debate, information exchange and collaboration between researchers based in universities and other organizations, providing a site for nurturing post-graduate students and early-career academics studying agri-food issues, and engaging with policy-makers and agri-food professionals (http://afrn.co/).
Following the steps of previous Agrifood conferences that covered a wide spectrum of themes, including food sovereignty, agrarian issues, global value chains, alternative food movements and many more, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and Pusat Analisis Sosial AKATIGA proudly co-host the 2017 Agrifood Conference, which, in response to a wider geographical range of the current members, is now re-named as The 24th International Conference of Agrifood Research Network, or AGRIFOOD XXIV for short. The conference will be held in Bandung, Indonesia, a city known for its culinary culture, surrounded by the famous Dutch colonial tea and coffee plantations, and a historical ground for the growth of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1950s. Bandung has become an embryo for creative youth cultures and meeting points of various social movements – from east to west and north to south; hence the 2017 Agrifood Conference aspires to open up a new dialogue between the Global North and South in agrifood studies, right here at the heart of Bandung.
There will be three main programs:
- 28 – 30 November 2017 : Pre-conference workshop for postgraduate students*
- 2 December 2017 : Field trips
- 3 – 5 December 2017 : 3-day conference
We will also host the awaited social events:
- 1 December 2017 : Welcome reception
- 3 December 2017 : Quiz night
- 4 December 2017 : Conference dinner