food security

The Oxford Food Security Forum presents its 3rd Annual Conference, Sunday May 4th at St. Antony's College

Food Security Research: Critical Perspectives And Marginalized Issues

Date: Sunday May 4, 2014

Location: St Anthony's College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

As with any field of study, Food Security research prioritizes topics that promise to yield useful and timely information, while sometimes excluding less pressing topics. However, a critical perspective may look to the field of Food Security as a discursive space in which the ways we define, frame and categorise knowledge constrains our perception of the field itself. With this possibility in mind, the Oxford Food Security Forum has arranged three panels to address the following questions:

  • How do dominant paradigms frame and constrain analysis of food security issues?
  • What boundaries have been applied to food security research, and might they exclude potentially fruitful sites of research?
  • How does the food security discourse contribute to relations of production and power?

We are please to welcome Lord Krebs and Bhavani Shankar as our keynote speakers.

The day's events will include a catered lunch from Vaults & Gardens, refreshments throughout the event, and a wine reception to follow.

Registration is required and there is a fee of 5 pounds. Please see the link below to our Eventbrite page:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oxford-food-security-forum-14-critical-perspectives-marginalised-issues-tickets-11129505651

Or see our section on the Future of Food site:

http://www.futureoffood.ox.ac.uk/food-security-forum/annual-conference-2014 

The Oxford Food Security Forum sponsors include The Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food

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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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We're pleased to offer a guest blog post by Elisabetta Aurino, originally published on the Young Lives website for World Food Day.

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By Laura Pereira

From 29th September to 2nd October 2013, the first international conference on global food security took place in the Dutch countryside of Noordwijkerhout. Under the auspices of Elsevier and with the convening power of Ken Giller and David Tilman, the conference was set up to be an interdisciplinary platform for discussing the state of scientific research on food security. The depth and breadth of the topics covered is captured in the list of the parallel sessions that were run over the 3.5 days.

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The Global Food Security Programme, working with Cambridge University, recently completed a project to identify priority research questions for the UK food system. The full results are published online in the journal Food Security.

In a blog post on the Global Food Security Programme website, John Ingram explains the process they went through to establish these research priorities, and summarises the outcomes.

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Dr Tara Garnett, who runs the Food Climate Research Network, has just brought out a paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production which looks at 3 perspectives on sustainable food security: efficiency, demand restraint, food system transformation. She then asks: what is the role of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) within these perspectives?

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Food security in the 21st Century

Mr Phil Bloomer, Oxfam GB

Date: 20 June 2013

Time: 13:00

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

In this lecture, Phil Bloomer (Director of Campaigns and Policy, Oxfam) will explore the role that science and scientists have to play in overcoming the challenges of food security and hunger in the 21st century.

Today, 1 in 8 of us go to bed hungry and this situation only looks set to worsen as we reach closer to the planet’s ecological limits and inequality rises to yet further extremes.

Whilst political and economic solutions, such as redistribution and targeted investment, are often at the forefront of the battle to ensure access to food for all, science also has a vital role to play. In order for scientific solutions to be used responsibly, however, scientists must acknowledge the political and economic context in which their solutions will play out.

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Media Strategies and Mechanisms for Promoting Better Understanding of Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa  

Media Workshop Organised by the Pastoral & Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) hosted by the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Oxford Brookes University  

A day of identifying, exploring, and addressing the myths and realities of food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and their portrayal by the UK media

Speakers:  

  • Zeremariam Fre (Development Planning Unit at UCL)
  • Micheline Ravololonarisoa (International Consultant and former Chief, Africa section, UNIFEM)
  • Jason Mosley (Research Associate at African Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Associate Fellow at Chatham House)
  • Joseph O. Adamson (CEO, Africans in London TV-AIL TV)

Date: Thursday May 23rd 2013

Time: 13:00-17:00

Venue: Buckley Building, BG10, Gipsy Lane, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP)Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP 

Please register your interest or subject that you would like to present on and send this information to: info@penhanetwork.org or menbere@penhanetwork.org

Download the flyer for this workshop here

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Trinity College Scientific Society proudly presents

“Achieving Food Security and Sustainability for 9 Billion”

A talk by Chris Leaver, Emeritus Professor of Plant Science

Venue: Danson Room, Trinity College

Date: 9th May (Thursday 3rd Week)

Time: Arrive 8.20 p.m. for a 8.30 start

Free Admission

Wine and other refreshments will be provided

For more information, please download the poster for this event.

You can also read the abstract for this talk.

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Notes from Food Security Conference

By Hannah Rowlands.

April 27th was the 2nd Annual Oxford Student Food Security Conference. Around 70 people attended this 1-day conference, with presentations from 9 researchers, covering a wide range of issues on the topic of food security, plus animated discussions after each session. The day ended with an interesting and entertaining keynote talk by Professor Doug Gollin.

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