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Food Security - A new look at the challenge - Wed 17 March 2010

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Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

CAMBRIDGE RESILIENCE FORUM

 

PRESENTS 

Food Security - A new look at the challenge

 

 

DATE:

  

Wednesday 17 March 2010

TIME:

  

17:30 for 18:00

VENUE:

  

LT3, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town
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COST:

  

R230

For the first time since the early 1970s, the prevalence of hunger in the world is climbing. According to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, 15% of the world’s population is hungry, up from 13% at the middle of this decade. FAO economists are predicting that the number of chronically hungry people will climb this year to 1.02 billion, up 11.5% from 2008.

The future of food is an area ripe with dilemmas and opportunities. Declining biodiversity, global climate change, infectious disease, and global food sourcing (with attendant food safety concerns) are all intervening in food webs in different ways at different levels. Current worldwide migration trends will create new burdens as rural to urban movement continues, and population growth soars over the next several decades. The use of arable land for food production will compete with demand for fuel crops, while our oceans face degradation and declines in consumable marine life.

How can we take a new look at the challenge of food security? The session will provide a contextual overview of food security, profile an innovative scheme to improve food security and create sustainable jobs and share the perspectives from a food retailer.

SPEAKERS

Dr. Gina Ziervogel

  

Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

David Wolstenholme

  

Entrepreneur, founder of Natural & Organics Products Exhibition and Organic Freedom Project

Dr. Johan Ferreira

  

Food Technology Consultant, Woolworths

 

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