INCAE Business School Faculty member attended the 2019 IFAMA Conference

11 de July 2019

INCAE Professor Esteban R. Brenes presented at the 2019 IFAMA Conference a case study entitled Eco-farms Michin S.A. V.C. This case was written by him together with Professor Felipe Pérez and INCAE Researcher Joseph Acuña, with support from Mauricio Aguilera Contreras.

This year the IFAMA Conference was held in Hangzhou, China on June 23 – 27 on the topic Food Security 2050: e-Commerce, Agri-food Value Chain Transformation.

According to Professor Brenes: "This project was backed by INCAE’s Steve Aronson Chair of Strategy and Agribusiness. It aims to support a sector that is becoming increasingly important given the growth of the global population and the need to feed it."

In addition to presenting the case, Professor Brenes chaired the Best Paper Award and Best Case Award unit to coordinate and select, together with other colleagues, the best academic paper and the best case study presented in the conference.

During the Conference IFAMA holds an annual International Case Study Competition involving students from universities and schools around the world. They compete under different categories including Undergraduate, Intermediate, Advanced, and Young Professionals.

This time two INCAE students, Antonio Bruna Dobles and Juan José Bolaños Herrera from the 2019 Executive MBA program, participated in IFAMA’s International Student Case Competition on behalf of INCAE. They attended the Conference thanks to partial sponsorship from the Steve Aronson Chair of Strategy and Agribusiness.

"At the end of the day, Juan José and I had an active participation in the team, which proved INCAE training is better than that from many other schools. Unfortunately, we were out of the next round for just three points. I am convinced that if in the future a group of INCAE students build their own team they will have a great advantage," said Antonio Bruna.

IFAMA is a global organization bringing together current and future business, academic, and government leaders along with other industry stakeholders to improve the strategic focus, transparency, sustainability and responsiveness of the global food and agribusiness system. It is a catalyst and a center to exchange ideas and talents, as well as an organizer of the research agenda driving the global food and agribusiness system to meet the world’s changing needs in an innovative, effective, and speedy way.

It currently has members in more than 50 countries including leading business executives, university departments, libraries, researchers, educators, and managers. It also includes agribusiness graduates and students, local and international politicians, and officials of government institutions related to the agri-food sector, as well as NGOs and consumer groups.

IFAMA is driven by volunteers and currently provides a number of different opportunities. Its chapters meet throughout the year to discuss key food and agribusiness issues for their cities, regions, countries, or hemispheres. There are active chapters in the Midwest of the United States, Africa, and Europe (IFAMA Europe).

Through its conference programs, publications and ongoing initiatives, IFAMA provides career development opportunities for even its most experienced members. However, it stands out for its focus on the professional growth of its food and agribusiness students.

Its main activities include publishing six times a year a world-class journal, the International Review of Food and Agribusiness Management (IFAMR). Another major activity is the IFAMA Annual World Conference, which includes an International Student Case Competition, an Academic Symposium, and the World Forum where academics, students, and industry representatives meet to discuss fundamental issues.