VideoInterview with Patrick Webb, Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
From Food Security to Nutrition Security
Photo Credits: Photo: Flore de Préneuf / The World Bank
The University of Aberdeen will play host to more than 30 experts this week as they consider how to address threats to, and opportunities for global agriculture. The experts will discuss how agricultural research and policy can re-orient itself to address the increasingly complex challenges that the developing world is facing today for its food, nutrition and environmental sustainability.
In just under six months’ time Science Forum 2018 – Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research, will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa (10-12 October). SF18 is organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and co-hosted by the South African Agricultural Research Council .
As the world becomes more aware of the growing threats to our natural resource base—climate change, population growth, urbanization, and much more—researchers need to think deeply about how the questions they ask and the tools they employ help address complex questions about sustainable agriculture practices and principles.
In her recent paper, Karen Macours ( Associate Professor at the Paris School of Economics and Researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research- INRA), explores whether the current agriculture technology strategy is suitable to lift smallholders out of poverty.
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