Feeding the world in the 21st century

Dr Evan Fraser, Professor of Global Human Security in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph, Ontario, will give a seminar on food security at Leeds on Monday 14 May 2012.

Since 2008, international commodity prices have more than doubled and food prices have skyrocketed.  Malnutrition rates, which were on the retreat for decades, have started to rise again and food protests have erupted in dozens of countries.   Experts think this is the tip of the iceberg and argue we are entering a new and dangerous phase of human history where food security threatens to destabilize economies and drive millions into poverty.  While most agree on the nature of the problem, few agree on the right  solution.

Dr Fraser, a Canada Research Chair, will discuss the different types of solutions that are proposed to solve the world's food crisis.  In doing so, he will contrast the promise held by new technological innovations with the dream of sustainable food systems that are by of and for local communities.  Ultimately, he will demonstrate that no single solution will work on its own and that a portfolio of strategies is required.

The seminar will take place:

On:  Monday 14 May 2012

At:   4.00-5.15pm

In:   SR 8.119, School of Earth and Environment

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