ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr John Ingram
Food Systems Programme Leader
Environmental Change Institute
University of Oxford, UK www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/jingram.html
Currently visiting UQ on an OECD Research Fellowship


John’s interests are in the conceptual framing of food systems; the interactions among the many actors involved and their varied activities, and the outcomes of their activities for food security, livelihoods and environment; and food system resilience.

John has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean and has conceived, developed and led a range of major international research initiatives. He has had substantial interaction with FAO, UNEP and CGIAR and many other international organisations, with national departments and agencies, with NGOs, and with businesses in the food sector. In these interactions he has helped to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. In addition to leading the food system research group within ECI, he also leads the multi-university post-graduate food systems training programme (IFSTAL) and coordinates the £14.5m UK Global Food Security programme ‘Resilience of the UK Food System’. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College Oxford, currently visiting UQ on an OECD Research Fellowship.

SEMINAR OVERVIEW

One of the great human achievements over the last half century is that advances in food production have largely kept pace with demand on a global basis. Today, around 6 billion people are not hungry, up from about 2 billion 50 years ago. But we should not be complacent. Despite these successes, nearly 1 billion people are still hungry, and at least 3 billion more lack sufficient nutrients. Paradoxically, there are also already more than 2.5 billion people overweight or obese; different, overlapping forms of malnutrition are the ‘new normal’. We also know that current food system activities will continue to significantly impact natural resources, and that environmental and socioeconomic shocks and stresses are increasing. How then can food system resilience be enhanced to (i) ensure sufficient, nutritious food for a growing, increasingly wealthy population while (ii) mitigating poor health and environmental outcomes, and (iii) also enhancing vibrant enterprise and livelihoods? Based on a brief introduction to food system challenges, the presentation will consider plausible future food demand and the consequences for nutrition, society and environment. It will then consider the nature of shocks and stresses, concluding with considerations relating to enhancing food system resilience.

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Venue

Level 1
Public Health Building (887)
288 Herston Road (corner of Herston Rd and Wyndham St)
The University of Queensland
Herston QLD 4006, Australia
Room: 
113