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Enhancing food system resilience: What roles can forests, trees and agroforestry play? What are the research perspectives?

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12/02/2019 12/02/2019

12 February 2019
4pm WIB/9am UTC

One of the great human achievements over the last half century is that advances in food production have largely kept pace with demand on a global basis. Today, around 6 billion people are not hungry, up from about 2 billion 50 years ago. But we should not be complacent. Despite these successes, nearly 1 billion people are still hungry, and at least 3 billion more lack sufficient nutrients. Paradoxically, there are also already more than 2.5 billion people overweight or obese; different, overlapping forms of malnutrition are the ‘new normal’. We also know that current food system activities will continue to significantly impact natural resources, and that environmental and socioeconomic shocks and stresses are increasing.

How then can food system resilience be enhanced to (i) ensure sufficient, nutritious food for a growing, increasingly wealthy population while (ii) mitigating poor health and environmental outcomes, and (iii) also enhancing vibrant enterprise and livelihoods? Based on a brief introduction to food system challenges, the presentation will consider plausible future food demand and the consequences for health, society and environment. It will then consider the nature of shocks and stresses, concluding with considerations relating to enhancing food system resilience.

Organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) and the Environmental Change Institute – University of Oxford, this seminar – taking place online and in Bogor, Indonesia – will look at enhancing food system resilience in terms of the roles of forests, trees and agroforestry, as well as perspectives for research.

The event will begin with a keynote on enhancing food system resilience from John Ingram, before presentations on the importance of forests, trees and agroforestry for food security and nutrition through a food systems approach from Terry Sunderland, Stepha McMullin and Amy Ickowitz, and a Q&A session in which participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to some of the speakers.

The seminar will take place at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) campus, Amazon Room, at 4pm-5.15pm WIB on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. We also look forward to welcoming online viewers from around the world.

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