Call for Abstracts: Oxford Global Food Security Conference

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:30

The Oxford Global Food Security Forum presents

Food and Uncertainty: The Past, Present and Future of Food Security

The 2nd Annual Oxford Global Food Security Conference

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Abstracts of no more than 500 words by January 15, 2013, sent to:

Conference Description

We live in the midst of a multiplicity of food uncertainties requiring in-depth analyses at multiple levels. The question of food security - concerned with the availability, access and utilization of food - is riddled with paradoxical challenges. For example, enough food is grown to feed the world's entire population, yet approximately 1 billion people go hungry each year. Malnutrition can manifest as both under-nutrition and, increasingly, obesity. Vast numbers of people migrate toward opportunity in urban centers only to experience unemployment, elevating cost of living, and exacerbated social unrest alongside unaffordable food staples.

This one-day conference will bring together researchers, students, policy-makers, private sector consultants and others to share insights into the past, present, and future of food uncertainties grappled with globally.

We seek historically, politically and culturally-situated perspectives on a broad range of subtopics pertaining to food:

  • availability (e.g. production, supply chains, urban-rural distribution, trade relations,informal markets);
  • access (e.g. price volatility, income allocation, unemployment patterns, expenditure habits, rural-urban reciprocities); and
  • utilization (e.g. food preparation, consumption practices, intra-household biases).

We aim for contributions from often-neglected linkages of this field with others, including nutrition, food safety sciences, water and energy resources, and climate change.

All abstracts should additionally include an author ‘biography’ of no more than 100 words (i.e. author’s education and experience).

The Oxford Global Food Security Forum sponsors include The Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food and St. Antony’s College, Oxford University

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