5th Global Food Security Conference
Towards equitable, sustainable and resilient food systems
9-12 April 2024 | Leuven, Belgium
Join us for the 5th Global Food Security Conference
Food system activities are increasing putting pressure on planetary boundaries and the natural resource base which underpins food security for all. They are also accentuating the triple burden of malnutrition for many, and healthier diets derived from more sustainable food systems are needed. The triple ‘Cs’ of climate, covid and conflict, and other recent short-term shocks to the food system, have emerged against a background of longer-term stresses, adding the issue of food system resilience to the already-recognised sustainability agenda. There is therefore an urgent need for food system change both to improve health and environmental outcomes in fairer and more equitable ways, and to enhance resilience to further shocks and stresses. Building on the momentum from the UN Food System Summit and recognizing that the 2030 target year of the Sustainable Development Goals is on the horizon, this 5th Global Food Security Conference will bring together science, business and policy to address this need.
Themes for which abstracts are invited include:
1. Towards net zero
2. Enhancing sustainability and resilience of food systems
3. Challenges of the true cost of producing food
4. Models and applied methodologies to study food systems dynamics and trade-offs
5. Ensuring equity and fairness across food systems
6. Food politics, governance and accountability of food system actors
7. Addressing changing dietary demands and inequities in an interconnected world
8. Novel food sources and technologies: Upscaling and acceptability
9. The future of farms, farmers and farming
10. Robust sustainable food systems to reduce losses and food waste
As the Conference will focus on integrative issues relating to food system sustainability and resilience, more fundamental and applied research in, for instance, agriculture or nutrition will not be included.
Code of Conduct: The Code of Conduct for organisers, participants and sponsors produced by the organisers, acknowledges the legitimate interests of the different stakeholders of the conference, recognising that they are all parts of a scientific endeavour to promote scientific and knowledge sharing and to produce public goods on global food security. View the Code of Conduct here.
Tessa Avermaete, KU Leuven, Belgium
Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands