Food for a Healthy World: Monitoring Progress Towards Food Security


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Monitoring Progress Towards Food Security

A symposium and public discussion


Thursday, June 4, 2015
UC Davis Student Community Center
Questions: 530‐752‐7172

This is a free event, but RSVPs are requested.

More than a dozen distinguished scholars with expertise around the topic of sustainable food security will soon be convening at UC Davis for a workshop called “Food for a Healthy World: Monitoring Progress Towards Food Security.”

Hosted by the World Food Center, the goal for the group is to reach an agreement on what are the major factors that must be considered in order to sustainably feeding the world’s population. Leading policy institutes, government agencies and major universities, including UC Davis, will be represented.

The group will present its findings and taking questions during this public discussion.

The ultimate goals of the workshop are:

(1) to develop a strong, succinct and clear statement that represents a scientific consensus on progress toward sustainable food security

(2) to engage a broad and influential audience

(3) to contribute to faster, more effective progress toward sustainably feeding the world.

The case for sustainable food security

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Increasing population and consumption are placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources. About a billion people are chronically malnourished. Yet the world’s agricultural systems are continually degrading land, water, biodiversity and the climate on an unprecedented scale.

To meet the planet’s future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially, while agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. “Food for a Healthy World” will analyze solutions to this dilemma, showing that tremendous progress can be made by halting agricultural expansion, closing ‘yield gaps’ on underperforming lands, increasing cropping efficiency, shifting diets and reducing waste. Together, these strategies can double food production, while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture.


8:30 Coffee and light refreshments

9:00 Opening remarks. Chair: Daniel Sumner, UC Davis Professor and Director of the UC Agricultural Issues Center

Welcome UC Davis Leaders

9:10 Environmental Quality and Ecosystem Services, William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Discussion opener: Pamela Ronald, UC Davis Professor

9:45 Agricultural Production Issues, Paul West, Co‐director and lead scientist of the Global Landscapes Initiative, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota. Discussion opener: Jan Hopmans, UC Davis Professor

10:20 Nutrition Security, Barbara Schneeman, Fmr. Director of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, FDA; Currently: USAID Education. Discussion opener: Bruce German, UC Davis Professor

10:55 Food Policy and Trade, Joseph Glauber, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington. Discussion opener: Daniel Sumner, UC Davis Professor

11:30 Discussion. Moderator: Roger Beachy, Founding Executive Director of the World Food Center

12:00 Adjourn

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