Governance

Food security in a globally-connected world will require better governance at all levels – local, national and international.

The Global Economic Governance Programme presents:

The Impact of Subsidized Insurance on Farm Financial Risk: Global Lessons from Agricultural Policy in the United States

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time: 14:00 to 15:30

Venue: BSG Board Room, 10 Merton Street

Speaker: Dr Todd Kuethe, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

Chair: Prof. Charles Godfray

On February 7, 2014 President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law. The Act, in many ways, represents a new era in agricultural policy in the United States: one of the key changes is that it eliminates the direct payments program in favour of publicly subsidized insurance products. In the future, subsidized insurance is likely to become the dominant agricultural policy in many areas of the developed and developing world, and the lessons provided by the American experience may provide valuable information for policy makers and academics around the globe.

This seminar will highlight many of the key findings of Dr. Kuethe’s research on the impacts of agricultural insurance programs. By mitigating downside economic risk, subsidized insurance allows farmers to engage in riskier financial activities. Dr. Kuethe’s work demonstrates that farmers who adopt subsidized insurance are likely to increase short-term debt and have a higher default risk. Another way farmers offset the reduced financial risk is to adopt rental arrangements that shift financial risk away from the landlord and to the farmer tenant (from traditional share-lease agreements to cash rent agreements). Finally, there is evidence that the risk mitigating benefits are capitalized into underlying farmland values.

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Date: Thursday 11 July 2013

Time: 4:15pm- 6:30pm

Venue: A J Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Speaker: Dr John F McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management and Development Programme, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome

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InSIS Seminar Series: Ecologies of Expertise

Date: Tuesday 9 June

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN.

Speaker: David Demortain, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés

Title: Thinking about expertise differently: GM risk assessment as an ecology of regulatory knowledge

The control over standards of regulatory evidence is one of the factors that determine who may be called an expert, despite the level of scrutiny and contestation that surrounds claims to expertise, specifically in public and controversial environments. The history of the regulatory testing of genetically modified organisms shows that that standards of proof are simultaneously shaped in various inter-related spaces (industrial, academic, regulatory, civic spaces among others), and are thus varied, if not multiple. Standards of proof get selected or deselected, rise or fall, depending on what happens in this complex environment, or what may be called an ecology of regulatory knowledge, that heavily determines who may prove products safe or unsafe, and thus claim to be an expert.

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Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Michaelmas Term 2014

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Paulina Nowicka

Speaker: Peter Scarborough, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Title: Evidence of the effectiveness of health-related food taxes

Date: Thursday 20 November 2014

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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This webinar is hosted by the Security and Sustainability Forum

The Security and Sustainability Forum’s free webinar, the second session in the Urbanization in a Growing World series, will explore food security. Academic and development experts will highlight food security challenges posed by a growing and urbanizing population. Discussion will include agricultural economics, agricultural aid, livestock health and urban agriculture.

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Speaker: Jack A. Bobo, JD, MS, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology, Chief, Biotechnology and Textile Trade Policy Division, United States Department of State

Title: ‘Will Agriculture Destroy the World before It Saves It?’

Venue: Department of Plant Sciences, Large Lecture Theatre

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013

Time: 16:00 - 17:00, followed by a wine reception in the Plant Sciences Common Room

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Date: Thursday 11 June

Time: 1:30-5:30pm

Location: St Cross College, Oxford

On Thursday, 11 June 2015, the Oxford Food Governance Group will convene an afternoon workshop entitled ‘Food Systems Advocacy: From Platforms to Policy‘.

The workshop presentations will examine the case studies that comprise our current project, with particular emphasis on the advocacy practices that characterize each of the ICT platforms we study, and the policy implications they may hold. Highlighting emerging modes of consumer mobilization and action, the workshop will foster discussion on the project’s potential impact.

The workshop will take place at the St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford, 1:30-5:30pm.

Registration is essential; please RSVP by 4 June at: http://goo.gl/forms/J7TISWHHDA. You will receive an email message to confirm your place by 5 June.

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On Thursday 16 May, the Oxford Food Governance Group will be convening a half-day workshop entitled ‘Towards Food Systems Transparency’.

Speakers include:

  • David BARLING (Centre for Food Policy, City University London)
  • Tara GARNETT (The Food Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford)
  • Erinch SAHAN (Policy Adviser, Private Sector Advocacy Team, Oxfam)
  • Christel SCHALDEMOSE (Member of the European Parliament)

The workshop will take place in St Cross Room at St Cross College, Oxford, from 1-5pm.

All are welcome to attend the workshop, but registration is essential at: http://tinyurl.com/ofggmay2013.

Slides from the workshop are now available online here.

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A major symposium on the global impacts of UK food consumption.

Food production and biodiversity conservation are in conflict.  Join experts and leading voices from farmers' groups, food suppliers, major retailers, conservationists, scientists, NGOs and policy-makers to debate sustainable solutions to the growing challenge of balancing food security and environmental protection.

Dates: 21 Oct - 22 Oct 2015

Venue: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY

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Date: Tuesday 18th November

Time: 5pm - 6pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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Panel:

  • Professor Charles Godfray, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and author of the chapter How can 9-10 Billion People be Fed Sustainably and Equitably by 2050?
  • Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School, Editor of Is the Planet Full? and author of the chapter Governance Matters Most
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Oxford Martin School and author of the chapter Demographic and Environmental Transitions
  • Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Director, Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, Oxford Martin School and author of the chapter The Metabolism of a Human-Dominated Planet
  • Dr Toby Ord, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and author of the chapter Overpopulation or Underpopulation?

The panel will discuss whether our planet can continue to support a growing population estimated to reach 10 billion people by the middle of the century.

The panel discussion will be followed by a book signing and drinks reception.

This panel discussion will be live webcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFIqDQP1Vjc

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