Balancing Food Heritage, Healthy Diets and Planetary Resources

UTAD – Vila Real, (PT), 14-16 November 2022

The 9th World Conference on Localized Agri-Food Systems (SYAL) will be organized by the Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD) of UTAD and held in Vila Real, Portugal, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November 2022.

The news challenges faced by the global food production system, with the need to protect the environment and promote sustainable development, are an opportunity for alternative and localized agri-food systems. The potential contribution of localized agri-food systems to rural development by activating local resources, promoting economic development, social cohesion and counter-acting the demographic impact of agricultural modernization, has also increased their political relevance. Research has addressed various aspects of the relationship between SYAL and food quality such as geographical indications, as well as territorial, organizational and cultural issues, but there are still many unanswered questions and theoretical gaps to fill. We welcome all topics related to localized agri-food systems, including production approaches, consumers’ behavior, food heritage strategies, alternative and sustainable food systems, food innovation, the role of institutions and local organizations, markets, gastronomy, health and nutrition challenges, and the relationship with territorial development.

The conference included a vast programme, with scientific sessions, round tables, field visits and ample opportunities for networking.

Local Organizing Committee

Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD) , froim University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD

Key dates & Deadlines

– Submission of Abstract – 12 June

– Notification of acceptance – 30 June

– Submission of final version – 30 September

– Final data for registration – 10 November


Papers must address one of the following topics:

Topic 1.

Food production and consumption: trends, public policies and social movements;

Topic 2.

Territorial governance, actors networking and food heritage strategies;

Topic 3.

Environment, agro-ecology, and the challenge of sustainable food systems;

Topic 4.

Innovation, markets changes and gastronomy facing health and nutrition challenges.

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e-mail: ixconferencesyal@iesolutions