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Thematic Collections

From time to time, the Journal publishes Thematic Collections on topics of special interest. Watch out for collections that are currently open for submissions, and recent collections:

New Content Item (1)Call for Papers! Food Systems Innovation in Africa

This Collection aims to include theoretical and empirical papers on economic, social, environmental, nutritional and political aspects that influence innovation towards more sustainable African food systems. In particular, it will consider fundamental research that contributes to the understanding of transition and change in food systems. Guest editorsPaolo Prosperi (Montpellier Interdisciplinary Center on Sustainable Agri-food Systems), Mila Sell (Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke), Kaleab Baye (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia). Submission Deadline: 31 December 2023

New Content Item (1)Call for Papers! The Future of Organic Agriculture and Its Influence on the Green Economy

Advanced research and new developments in organic farming practices promote green economy measures such as waste generation, reduced resource consumption, and much more. This special collection intends to examine the use  of organic agriculture for promoting a greener economy and a sustainable environment. We encourage researchers and practitioners to present their novel and innovative ideas in this regard. Guest EditorsManju Khari (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India), Rubén González Crespo (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain), and Adhiyaman Manickam (University of Moncton, Canada). Submission deadline: 31 March 2023

Past Thematic Collections collections on topics of special interest are available for consultation:

  • SIDEA 2018: Edited by Luca Camanzi and Stefania Troiano. Published: February - May 2021
  • SIDEA 2017: Edited by Caterina Contini, Biancamaria Torquati, and Giuseppe Marotta. Published: January 2020
  • SIDEA 2016: Edited by Maria Bonaventura Forleo and Bernardo Corrado de Gennaro. Published: July 2019
  • SIDEA 2015: Edited by Alessandro Sorrentino and Simone Severini. Published: August 2017 - September 2017
  • SIDEA 2014: Edited by Giuseppe Marotta and Concetta Nazzaro. Published: August 2015 - July 2016
  • WiCaNem 2014: Edited by Luigi Cembalo and Alessandro Banterle. Published January - February 2015


Aims and scope

Agricultural and Food Economics is an international peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of the Italian Society of Agricultural Economics. The editors welcome high-quality, problem-oriented submissions on agriculture and food from a wide variety of socio-economic perspectives and from all over the world. 
Completely open access, the journal publishes original research and review articles with innovative results and relevant policy and managerial implications, based on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies.
Topics of interest include sustainable food systems, food and nutrition security, agricultural and food policy, environmental impacts of agricultural and food activities, market analysis, agri-food firm management and marketing, organization of the agri-food value chains, behavioral economics, food quality and safety issues, food and health economics, trade, sustainable rural development, natural and marine resource economics, and land economics.

Society affiliation

Agricultural and Food Economics is sponsored by SIDEA (Società Italiana di Economia Agraria | Italian Society of Agricultural Economics)

SIDEA's mission is to contribute to an efficient farm and agrifood sector promoting free, independent, and original research in the field of agricultural economics.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-ChiefGianluca Brunori, University of Pisa, Italy. The full Editorial Board is available at this page.


New Content Item (1)

European agriculture is frequently characterised as being in a demographic crisis. ‘Generational renewal’ is highlighted as a priority aim of the 2023–2027 Common Agricultural Policy, and has been addressed in an EIP Agri Focus Group, multiple Horizon projectsFootnote1 and a European Parliament Review (Zagata et al. 2017). The European Commission’s webpage on ‘young farmers’... Click here to read the full text of the latest Editorial by Lee-Ann Sutherland.

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Agricultural and Food Economics is a 100% Gold Open Access journal. Publishing is not without costs, and the journal levies the 2023 APC of £940.00/$1340.00/€1090.00 for each article accepted for publication. Authors do not typically pay the fee themselves; multiple payment options exist. 

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