Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability
Please note that this event will take place at the Rome Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University located at 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Global food price spikes in 2008 and again in 2011 coincided with a surge of political unrest in low- and middle-income countries. Citizens took to the streets in scores of nations, and in some places food riots turned violent. Governments and philanthropic foundations have begun redoubling efforts to resuscitate agricultural research and technology transfer, as well as to accelerate the modernization of food value chains to deliver high quality food inexpensively, faster, and in greater volumes to urban consumers. But is this enough? This seminar presents a newly published Oxford University Press volume that explores the complex relationship between food security and sociopolitical stability. A key message of the study is that actions taken in an effort to address food security stressors may have consequences for food security, stability, or both, that ultimately matter far more than the direct impacts of biophysical drivers such as climate or land or water scarcity. The means by which governments, firms, and private philanthropies tackle the food security challenge of the coming decade will fundamentally shape the relationship between food security and sociopolitical stability.
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Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture, Cornell University
Emmy Simmons //Author, Harvesting Peace; Independent Consultant
U.S. Air Force (retired); Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program, National Intelligence Council