2nd International Conference on Global Food Security, 11-14 October 2015 | Cornell University, Ithaca, New York State, USA

2nd International Conference on Global Food Security

11-14 October 2015 | Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Hosted by Cornell University and Columbia University


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Keynote Speakers

Bruce Campbell, CGIAR, Denmark
Shenggen Fan
, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
Eleni Gabre-Madhin
, CEO, eleni LLC, Ethiopia
Corinna Hawkes, Fellow, City University London Centre for Food Policy and Member, IPES Food, UK
David Just, Cornell University, USA
Eric Lambin, Stanford University, USA and University of Louvain, Belgium
Rosamond Naylor, Stanford University, USA
Sara Scherr, President of Ecoagriculture Partners, USA
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), South Africa
Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Emeritus Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
Jennifer Thomson, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Achieving global food security whilst reconciling demands on the environment is the greatest challenge faced by mankind. By 2050 at least 9 billion people will need food, and increasing incomes and urbanization will inevitably lead to dietary change. The food security challenge will increasingly encompass the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. The urgency of the issues has led to huge scientific strides forwards, making it difficult to keep up with the rapidly expanding volume of scientific research. The Second International Conference on Global Food Security therefore aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative methods arising from research in a wide range of disciplines.

We aim to better understand behavioral, biophysical, economic, institutional, political, social and technological drivers of current and future global food security. The conference will address the food system activities of processing, distributing and consuming food, as well as food production from crop, livestock, tree, freshwater and marine sources; the availability, access, utilization and stability dimensions of food security; and the synergies and trade-offs between economic, environmental, health and social objectives and outcomes. The conference will thereby range across disciplines and spatiotemporal scales of analysis to span the drivers, activities and outcomes of food systems to encompass both contextualized and holistic treatments of the broad challenge of food security.

Join us in this exciting opportunity to ensure that the best science is garnered to support the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Conference Themes

  • Global and local analyses of food security and its drivers
  • Policies to improve local and global food security
  • Sustainable intensification of food production systems
  • Urbanization, food value chains, and the sustainable, secure sourcing of food
  • Competing demands and tradeoffs for land and water resources
  • Technological breakthroughs to help feed 9+ billion
  • Reducing food loss and waste
  • Reducing risks to food production and distribution from climate change
  • Consumer behavior, nutritional security and food assistance programs
  • Business-science cooperation to advance food security
  • The agriculture-nutrition-health nexus

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Organised by


Exclusive Platinum Partner

Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation

Supported by

Cornell University

Columbia University

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