Invitation to academic researchers from IFCSC 2023 

Thursday, 20 April 2023

Joy January

Academics interested in Southern African food systems are invited to take part on this year’s Inaugural Food Chain Solutions Conference (IFCSC).

This solutions-driven annual conference calls all academic researchers to submit a maximum of three abstracts that would be also be presented at the conference. The conference, organised by Media24’s Landbouweekblad in association with the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University, aims to disseminate best-business case studies already existing in Africa while learning from advances elsewhere with the view of adapting them to the African context. 

The applicants must submit all abstracts on the conference website, available at,  no later than 12 May 2023. The abstract should not exceed the word limit of 300 word and the title should be a maximum of 25 words. The abstracts must be submitted by one of its authors and may not be edited after final submission, but authors are welcome to present an updated version onsite. The abstracts can also be submitted as a poster or oral presentation.

Oral presentations will be made during concurrent sessions whereby all presentations must be done in English as no translation services will be available. The oral presentations should be 10 minutes long with 5 minutes for discussion.

Researchers are motivated to write their abstract on three major topics such as the sustainability imperative; low and high-tech solutions and lastly trade and finance opportunities. The submitted abstracts will then be reviewed by the IFCSC 2023 Scientific Committee, which consists of prof. RCC Jafta (University of Stellenbosch), miss L. Traub (University of Stellenbosch), prof. J. Kirsten (Bureau of Economic Research, Stellenbosch) and  dr. M.A. Nchake (University of Stellenbosch). The applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15 June 2023 through the email address provided during the abstract submission process. 

The presenting authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation must register for the congress and pay the required registration fee. The accepted presenters must register before the deadline of the early registration on 15 July 2023.

 If the presenters have not registered by said date, the abstract will not be included in the conference programme. 

If the abstract has been accepted but there are circumstances preventing your attendance, the Conference Secretariat should be notified in writing to and the co-author should be asked to present the abstract. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for researchers to invigorate the Southern African food systems and to share their gained knowledge with fellow researchers.

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