By Cecilia Schubert, Communications Officer (CCAFS) with significant contributions from Marieke Veeger and Joost Vervoort, both working for the Future Scenarios team.

Future scenario development and modeling approach helps further strengthen Honduras’ risk management and climate adaptation strategy.

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The Oxford Student Food Forum will be holding their 4th Annual Conference on May 2nd 2015 and are inviting researchers across the social and biological sciences, NGOs, farmers, and businesses to submit a 300 word abstract for a 15 minute oral paper/presentation.

The theme of the conference will be: Culture, Food and the Environment: New Perspectives on Food Sovereignty and Security.

The deadline for abstracts and visuals proposals will be December 31, 2014, and decisions on abstracts will be sent out in the early part of 2015.

For submissions and any questions, please contact oxford.food.forum.2015@gmail.com.

Please download the Call for Proposals for more information.

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This year The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)’s headline series will focus on the relationship between the humanities and the sciences.

Thanks to generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, TORCH is offering joint doctoral studentships and paired research sabbaticals to enable science and humanities postholders in Oxford to develop joint research projects and to provide opportunities for outstanding doctoral students to conduct their research under the joint supervision of a scientist and a humanities scholar.

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By Hannah Rowlands

Last week, the Oxford Martin School hosted a seminar about the health and environmental imapct of our diets, as part of their seminar series "Health in the 21st century: what’s new?".

You can watch the seminar again on their website, but here are some notes that summarise the main arguments made by the three speakers.

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If you missed the Oxford Martin School event last week, "Well fed? The health and environmental implications of our food choices", with talks by Professor Susan Jebb, Dr Mike Rayner and Dr Tara Garnett, then you can watch a video of the event here:

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Call for Contributions: World Food System Conference 2015 | 21 – 26 June 2015 | Ascona, Switzerland

Tackling World Food System Challenges: Across Disciplines, Sectors, and Scales

The World Food System Center of the ETH Zürich is pleased to announce that the call for contributions to the World Food System Conference 2015. The conference organizers are particularly interested in contributions that highlight cross- and trans-disciplinary collaborations and focus on solutions to the challenges facing the world food system.  Submission deadline is 22 February 2015.

Please see the flyer or visit www.wfsconference2015.org for further details.

Submission deadline: 22 February 2015

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By Kremlin Wickramasinghe, University of Oxford and Mike Rayner, University of Oxford

The Eatwell plate is the UK government’s official food guide about which foods we should eat to achieve a healthy diet. It is essentially a pie-chart depicting the recommended intakes of five specified food groups: fruit and vegetables, dairy products, cereals, meat and processed foods. It was first published 20 years ago – and despite some two decades of nutritional research has not been changed since.

In some countries – notably Australia, the US and Brazil – the official food guide is revised on a regular basis. Some two decades since it was first published, Public Health England has announced that it will revise the Eatwell plate in the light of proposed new recommendations on sugar from the government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.

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By Hannah Rowlands, Programme Coordinator

The theme of this year’s World Food Day is family farming, which brings together the importance of ensuring global food security and achieving sustainable development in the world’s poorest countries. But why are these such important issues? And why is it so difficult to find solutions that tick all the boxes?

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by Elisabeth van de Grift and Joost Vervoort

Decision-makers and researchers from across the East African Great Lakes region met in Entebbe, Uganda in late June to discuss what the future might hold in terms of development, agriculture and environmental change.

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By Abrar Chaudhury.

Local planning offers farmers a viable opportunity to adapt to uncertain climate change. A new working paper explores two ongoing Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) initiatives in Pakistan and Nepal, to highlight the potential of South-South learning.

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