Workshop: "How to connect producers and consumers?"

Workshop: "How to connect producers and consumers? Impacts of platforms on the design and functioning of agri-food value chains"

04 octobre 2022

Montpellier - Institut Agro, Salle du conseil

Scientific objectives of the workshop The objective of the workshop organized by the Digital Agriculture Convergence Lab #DigitAg and MoISA research unit is to work on publications on the following theme: How to connect producers and consumers: impacts of platforms on the design and the functioning of agri-food value chains, with the aim of submitting them for a special issue of the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management (IJRDM).  Pr. Niels Towers, Gloucestershire Business School and member of the editorial board of IJRDM will attend the workshop remotely. Link to IJRDM website for additional information: here The workshop follows the seminar organized on the 3rd October 2022: How platforms change value chains? gathering together Dr. Christophe Alliot, Director of BASIC and Dr. Henry Isaac, University of Paris-Dauphine. More détails of the seminar here


The agri-food industry faces many challenges: environmental, with the necessary reduction of pesticides and carbon footprint; technological, with the development of digital technologies and services; social, with the expectation of reconnecting producers and consumers; nutritional, with the growing demand of consumers for healthy and local production; and economical, with the need to just and fair value sharing among actors involved in agri-food chains. These challenges are part of a constantly evolving context, where the development of digital technologies and services is changing the design of value chains and the relations between all actors. Beyond the development of new organizational forms, new actors are emerging. Digital platforms, as new intermediaries in the agri-food chains, bring producers and consumers closer to each other. These intermediaries nowadays play an important role in all activities and are becoming key actors to study, since they modify the existing modes of coordination between actors in the agri-food sector. Indeed, if the various forms of platforms facilitate connections between actors (producers, advisors, transformers, distributors, retailers, consumers…) at the different levels of agri-food value chains, this raises questions and requires more research on the organizational changes they induce.

Submission process

To participate on the workshop, please submit an extended abstract to:
All submissions must be in English and the abstract should be two-pages long (750-1000 words) with up to 4 or 5 references.

  • Submission deadline: September 10th, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: September 15th, 2022

Since only the best papers will be selected for publication on the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management (IJRDM), we recommend the participants to read the authors’ guidelines (here) before the workshop.

  • Deadline for submission of the full paper to IJRDM: October 30th, 2022

on the website of IJRDM,, by referring to the special issue when submitting.

Organization of the workshop

  • When: October 4th, 2022
  • Where: Montpellier, Institut Agro, Salle du Conseil

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Programme - October 4th, 2022

  •  9:00 – 9:30: Welcoming of participants and introduction to the workshop
  •  9:30 – 10:30: Introduction to the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management  (IJRDM)
    Pr. Neil Towers, University of Gloucestershire, member of the editorial board of IJRDM. Pr. Niel Towers is an internationally recognized expert in agile digital retail marketing, fashion supply chain management, and small business growth.
  • 10:30 – 12:30: Atelier #1
    Every abstract will be discussed. This time will allow authors to improve their paper based on the comments made by reviewers. Each author will be a reviewer for at least one article to reinforce the coherence of this special issue.
  •  12:30 – 14:00: Lunch 
  •  14:00 - 16:00: Atelier # 2
    Every abstract will be discussed to improve their appropriateness regarding their publication on the special issue of the IJRDM, based on recommendations made by Pr. Niels Towers, in terms of quality and scope of the paper. The purpose of this discussion time is to improve the paper in regards to the IJRDM selection process.
  •  16:00 - 16:30: Follow-up and closure of the workshop

Organising Committee


Date de création : 18 juillet 2023