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Rosamond L. Naylor

Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute, William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Professor, by courtesy, of Economics

Bridging the Divide Between Food Security and Nutrition Security: Can a world of 9 billion be well fed?

Room 811 AOSS, April 19, 2017, 7:00 PM; Grainger Hall, Room 1100

Abstract

Global food security has improved markedly during the past quarter-century as a rising share of a growing world population has met their basic calorie needs. Such progress, however, has given way to new nutritional and environmental challenges that governments, private corporations, and civil society are struggling to address.

  • The scourge of hunger as defined by calorie deficits is now matched by the menace of obesity, even in poor countries. Nutritious diets remain elusive for billions of people around the world.
  • Supply chains for globally traded oil crops, such as palm oil and soy, are becoming "greener", but face serious dilemmas in how to engage smallholder farmers.
  • The rapid rise in aquaculture provides additional protein for a growing population while taking pressure off wild fisheries, but it presents new ecological risks related to scale and feed sourcing.
  • Crop and livestock production are contributing to-and at the same time are impacted by-global climate change. Rising global temperatures, coupled with more extreme climate events, are making difficult food situations in India and Sub-Saharan Africa even more volatile.

Professor Roz Naylor will discuss how the dynamics of population, income, and trade can solve basic problems, but also create collisions along the road to food security. Drawing on her field experience from around the world, she will highlight successes and struggles in achieving better nutrition for all. We invite your participation in a wide-ranging conversation on this challenging subject on April 19, 2017.



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