Date(s) - 13/06/2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Symposium on Food Security
The Global Food System: A focus on power, equity and justice
About the Symposium
One in every eight people on the planet is suffering from chronic hunger. Yet between 30 to 50 percent of the food produced globally is wasted. From 2006 to 2008, the price of food soared to unprecedented levels. As food prices continued to rise, countries around the world experienced social and political turmoil, with food riots in thirty-three countries. Food insecurity continues to have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of millions of people around the world. Solutions continue to focus on industrial agriculture, yet 70 percent of the world is fed by small farmers. The United Nations warns that there needs to be a paradigm shift from a “green revolution” to an “ecological intensification” approach.
The aim of this food security symposium is three fold. The first is to better understand the global food insecurity problem and the reasons for this. Presenters will focus on global local connections, power in value chains and how the global economic architecture affects food security. The second is to understand, global, regional, national and local responses to the food crisis; what has worked, what has not and why? The third is to launch a food security group at Monash focused on sharing and discussing ideas and exploring the potential for interdisciplinary research projects with our various partners.
Professor Christopher Arup
Socio-Legal Researcher, Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University
Professor Brett Inder
Development Economist, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University
Professor Pushkar Maitra
Development Economist, Department of Economics, Monash University
Economic Justice Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia
Dr Jagjit Plahe
Director, Diplomacy and Trade Program, Department of Management, Monash University
Professor Marika Vicziany
Director, National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash Asia Institute
Date: Friday 13 June, 2014
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Venue: N1.03, Caulfield Campus
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
RSVP if you wish to attend by Wednesday 11 June to: Liza.Binder@monash.edu