Spanish Association of Agri-food Economy

The AEEA is a non-profit organization with more than 250 members and its mission is to promote and disseminate knowledge in the different areas of interest of the agri-food economy.

The main activities of the AEEA are the publication of the journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the organization of a biannual national congress, as well as other congresses, workshops, seminars, and technical and academic activities.

Currently, the AEEA has more than 250 professional members from the fields of interest of the agri-food economy from Academia (universities and research centers), Administration and Business. The General Assembly of members is the highest governing body of the AEEA, which meets at least once a year.


The activities and actions of the AEEA are aimed at achieving the following goals:

  • To represent agricultural economists in front of the Public Administration and other
  • To stimulate and disseminate research in the field of agri-food e
  • Maintain relations with public and private institutions and similar associations in Spain and other
  • Promote the exchange of ideas and experiences, establishing relationships with all the actors in the agri-food
  • Encourage research among young people, establishing awards and scholarships.
  • Promote the exchange of ideas and experiences, establishing relationships with all the actors in the agri-food
  • Encourage research among young people, establishing awards and scholarships.


  • The journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, created by the AEEA in 2001, is published in the Open Journal System every six months. Its objective is to provide a forum for the dissemination and discussion of scientific, technological and technical developments in the field of Agricultural and Resource Economics. View all volumes and issues.
  • The agri-food economics congress is the main meeting, debate and communication point for researchers and professionals. So far, XII editions of the congress have been held, initially every three years and since 2007 every two years: Valencia (1995), Lleida (1998), Pamplona (2001), Santiago de Compostela (2004), Albacete (2007), Almería (2009), Madrid (2011), Castelldefels (2013), Córdoba (2015), Orihuela-Elche (2017) and Lugo (2019). The next edition will be held in Cartagena from September 1-3, 2021. Next AEEA congress.
  • The AEEA also promotes academic activities in collaboration with other entities. The most important, due to its regular nature and international dimension, is the Ibero-Latin American Congress of Rural Studies (CIER), which is held every two years. In this congress, the AEEA collaborates with other scientific associations of rural studies from various countries, such as Sociedade Portuguesa de Estudos Rurais, Sociedad de Estudios de Historia Agraria de España, Federación Española de Sociología, Grupo de Geografía Rural de España, Sociedad Mexicana de Administración Agropecuaria, Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Rurales, Sociedade Brasileira de Economia, Administração e Sociologia Rural and Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología Rural. Up to date, eleven editions have been held, alternately in locations in Spain and Portugal. The venues have been Salamanca (1991), Lisbon (1995), Santiago de Compostela (2001), Bragança (2003), Huelva (2006), Coimbra (2008), Cáceres (2010), Lisbon (2012), Palencia (2014), Vila-real (2016) and Segovia (2018). After the last event, the Congress expands its scopeto Latin America, with the next edition taking place in Valdivia (Chile) in November 2021. Next CIER congress.

Other activities

The AEEA organizes and collaborates in other several activities. In the last year, the AEEA organized several webinars, with the participation of well-known national and international experts and researchers. The topics focused on “Agriculture, Food and COVID-19”, “From farm to fork: the beginning of the end of the CAP?” and “The chain law under examination”.

Other activities that the AEEA has organized or in which it has actively participated during the last years have been , the V Workshop (137th EAAE Seminar) on Valuation Methods in Agro-food and Environmental Economics (2013), the I Fernando Ruiz García Award, Workshop on Valuation Methods in Agro-food and Environmental Economics (2012); the Workshop on Agricultural Valuation and Seminar on the Agro-food Sector and the Economics of Rural Development in; the Seminar “The future of DG and CR in the Valencian Community” (2009); the Seminar “The prices of food and agricultural raw materials” and the Seminar “The economics of irrigation water” (2008) and the I Mediterranean Congress of AgroFood Social Scientists (103rd EAAE Seminar, 2007).

History of the AEEA

The foundational meeting took place in November 1964 and AEEA was formally constituted in November 1965 with the signing of its first Statutes. Initially it was called Spanish Association of Agricultural Economics and Sociology (AEESA), taking the name of the respective specialty of Agricultural Engineering studies. In 1998 the name was changed to Spanish Association of Agricultural Economics. In the General Assembly of 2019, held in Lugo, the current name of the AEEA was approved.

The Association was created with the aim of bringing together scholars and researchers of the Spanish agricultural reality to its economic and social aspects, following in seminal steps of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, which had been created in the United Kingdom in 1929.

The primary vocation of the AEEA is to serve as a forum for independent and interdisciplinary meetings and debates of economists, agronomists, forestry engineers, veterinarians, sociologists and other specialists oriented to the agricultural activities. It started with approximately twenty members and its first president was Emilio Gómez-Ayau and the Secretary was Miguel Bueno Gómez. Its first headquarters was the Instituto de Estudios Agro-Sociales, which in 1952 began to publish the Revista de Estudios Agro-sociales, a reference publication in those early days for the Spanish Agricultural Economics collective.

Board of Directors


Margarita Brugarolas Molla-Bauza

Catedrática de Escuela Universitaria de la Universidad Miguel Hernández

Eva Iglesias Martínez

Profesora Titular de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

María Dolores de Miguel Gómez

Catedrática de la Universidad de Cartagena
Vice presidente

Zein Kallas Kalot

Profesor Agregado de la Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña
Secretaria General

Manuela Castillo

Universidad de Córdoba

Ana Velasco Arranz

Profesora Contratada Doctora de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Gabriel Trenzado Falcón

Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias

Ana Isabel García Arias

Profesora Titular de la Universidad de La Coruña (Lugo)

Gonzalo Eiriz Gervás

Subdirector General de Análisis, Coordinación y Estadística del Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación

Felipe Medina Martín

Responsable de Cadena Agrolimentaria de ASEDAS

Dionisio Ortiz Miranda

Profesor Titular de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Juan Carlos Pérez Mesa

Profesor Titular de la Universidad de Almería


The AEEA works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Food. Since its origin, the technicians and responsible of the Ministry of Agriculture are part of the Board of Directors. This institutional collaboration is strategic to be aware of the priorities of the Ministry in terms of agricultural policy and to establish the most suitable support mechanisms. The Minister of Agriculture usually presides over the opening or closing ceremonies of the Congresses organized by the AEEA and its technicians and responsible actively participate in the plenary sessions and communications.

The AEEA also maintains a close relationship with the Cajamar Foundation, which collaborates in the publication of the journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and sponsors congresses and other activities.

Relationships and agreements

The European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and the AEEA maintain a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the objective of expanding cooperation and generating synergies, particularly with reference to the dissemination of information on their activities among the members of each of the associations. The Association maintains a “national contact point” Zein Kallas, who promotes relations between both associations.


Actas de Asambleas


Celebrada en Cartagena el día 2 de septiembre de 2021

(pendiente de aprobación)


Celebrada en Lugo el día 5 de septiembre de 2019


Celebrada en Segovia el día 4 de julio de 2018


Celebrada en Elche el día 14 de septiembre de 2017


Celebrada en Vila Real (Portugal) el día 14 de Octubre de 2016


Celebrada en Córdoba el día 10 de septiembre de 2015


Celebrada en Palencia el día 16 de Octubre de 2014


Celebrada en Castelldefels el día 4 de Septiembre de 2013


Celebrada en Madrid el día 15 de Septiembre de 2011


Celebrada en Cáceres el día 21 de Octubre de 2010


Celebrada en Almería el día 18 de septiembre de 2008


Celebrada en Zaragoza el día 26 de septiembre de 2008


Celebrada en Albacete el día 20 de septiembre de 2007


Celebrada en Lugo el día 5 de septiembre de 2019