by Laura Pereira

Laura attended the 3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change, held in South Africa in December 2013. Here are her thoughts and reflections on the conference.

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The Oxford Global Food Security Forum presents

Food Security Research: Critical Perspectives and Marginalized Issues

The 3rd Annual Oxford Student Global Food Security Conference

Date: Saturday May 3, 2014

Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Abstracts of no more than 500 words by January 15, 2014, sent to:
oxford.food.forum.2014@gmail.com

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have come together under the auspices of the Global Food Security programme, to jointly fund four to six research grants relating to understanding the challenges of the food system. Joint funding of up to £1.87 million at 100 per cent full economic costing (fEC) is available for this call.

Read the full details of this call on the ESRC website.

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The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food Lecture 2013 is now available to listen to on our website.

The lecture was given by Professor Susan Jebb was entitled "Food, Health And The Environment: Towards A More Sustainable Diet".

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By Hannah Rowlands.

We were honoured to have Professor Susan Jebb present our first annual lecture on November 27, 2013.

Professor Susan Jebb is a nutrition scientist, but recognises that dietary advice for consumers needs to optimise health within the constraints of a sustainable food supply.

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A third of the world's food is wasted – how can we stop the rot?

The Guardian and Tesco recently organised a roundtable to discuss the issue of food waste. This comes soon after Tesco, with help from WRAP, announced its figures for food waste for the first time.

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Are lower carbon diets healthier? Adam Briggs explains new research to model the effects of taxing greenhouse gas-intensive foods.

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University of Oxford Grade 7 scale £29,541 – £36,298 per annum, pro rata.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 8 November

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position to work in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) with the Food Systems research team for a period of 12 weeks, reporting to John Ingram, the ECI Food Systems Programme Leader. The post holder will have responsibility for carrying out research in support of the ‘Food and climate justice’ project under the joint supervision of ECI, CCAFS and Oxfam. This project will build on the Oxfam briefing paper ‘Growing disruption: climate change, food and the fight against hunger’ and will consider how change in climate variability alters the conditions that commonly weaken poor people’s access to food and utilisation of food, and with what effects.

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The number of obese adults in the UK could be reduced by 180,000 with a 20% tax on sugary drinks, say researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Reading. The tax could raise over £275 million for the Treasury.

The researchers from the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group at the University of Oxford and the Centre for Food Security at the University of Reading have published their findings in the British Medical Journal.

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CCAFS Policy Guidance Coordinator

School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Grade 7: £29,541 p.a.

The CCAFS research programme is a major research partnership between the CGIAR and the global environmental change community. Within the CCAFS program, multi-stakeholder regional scenarios are developed and used in planning and research in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central America and the Andes region. Scenarios are alternate, plausible futures that capture uncertainties and systems complexity in a coherent and plausible fashion.

We seek a Policy Guidance Coordinator to further the impact of the scenarios development on actual policy and decision making processes. We use a “back-casting” method with stakeholders to identify critical policy outcomes, and then develop strategies and interventions to ensure these can be achieved under alternate scenarios. The policy guidance coordinator will play a critical role in the further process of embedding these strategies in ongoing and new institutional processes and investment plans.

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