The Earth Institute presents the second in the 2013-2014 Sustainable Development Seminar Series: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability.
Global food price spikes in 2008 and again in 2011 coincided with a surge of political unrest in low- and middle-income countries. Angry consumers took to the streets in scores of nations. In some places, food riots turned violent, pressuring governments and in a few cases contributed to their overthrow. Foreign investors sparked a new global land rush, adding a different set of pressures. With scientists cautioning that the world has entered a new era of steadily rising food prices, perhaps aggravated by climate change, the specter of widespread food insecurity and sociopolitical instability weighs on policymakers worldwide. In the past few years, governments and philanthropic foundations began redoubling efforts to resuscitate agricultural research and technology transfer, as well as to accelerate the modernization of food value chains to deliver high quality food inexpensively, faster, and in greater volumes to urban consumers. But will these efforts suffice?
The second session in the 2013-2014 Sustainable Development Seminar Series will discuss critical issues confronting the food industry and develop consensus as to ways governments, scientists, and policymakers can work collaboratively to solve these challenges.
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