“How to feed 10 billion people in 2050” will be the focus of a workshop led by University of New England researcher Dr Nicolette Larder when she visits the University of Leipzig in Germany next week.
Dr Larder from the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Science says the trip is part of an ongoing collaboration with colleagues at the University of Leipzig for which she recently was awarded funding under the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme.
“Recent events such as the global food crises of 2007/08 have exposed the failure of past food policies in many countries as well as the urgency around how we feed the worlds growing population in the coming decades.”
The workshop will look at alternatives to the existing food system being developed in different world regions, how the future of agriculture and food is envisioned and what the trans-regional connections are.
“We will bring together empirical insights on food networks and movements. From Latin America as the ‘cradle’ of the food sovereignty movement, to Japan where consumer movements have become particularly powerful after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, to Australia and Germany where the idea of food sovereignty has more recently been picked up and is being brought into national debates about food.”
Trans-regional dimensions of food networks and movements, particularly across North-South divides, will also be explored specifically the increasing investments in natural resources.
The workshop aims at bringing together researchers who will contribute insights from different world regions while stressing trans regional synergies and cross-continental inspirations.
“Prevailing food insecurity and the organisation of agriculture and food in society are at the very heart of food networks and movements that have been emerging all over the world in recent years.”
“The future of food is insecure; agriculture and food are being shaped by the culmination of multiple crises related to new energy policies, financial turmoil and climate hazards.”