First Global Food Security Seminar for Post-Doctoral and Graduate ResearchersPosted by Dijana Maric at June 10. 2014
First Seminar for the Post-doctoral and graduate researchers working on topics related to food security was held at CRASSH on Friday, 6 June.
The event was very well received and it was felt by many that there should be more opposrtunities like this, for the early career researchers to network and exchange ideas.
Some of the questions asked during the Q&A sessions are set out below:
Talk: Realising food security using government-led food distribution: What might we learn from India?
Q: What is the actual process of delivering this food to children?
A: Grain is supplied via central distribution system. Food is cooked locally in rural areas, in urban areas it may be mostly centrally organised and distributed. The food is meant to be cooked by lower caste women but this is may not always be the case due to societal attitudes where people refuse to eat food prepared by lower caste people.
Talk: Food security, climate change and the Indus Civilisation, 3000-1500 BC
Q: What policy recommendations for developing countries may be drawn from your research?
A: There has to be a lot more work done before it could be comfortably said that some conclusions can be directly translated into policy recommendations, but one possibility might be, thinking back to possible transitions to more diverse systems, to look at where the mixture of crops may be more resilient for this region and draw conclusions for the future from that perspective.
Talk: Land Use Savings from Recylcing EU Food Wastes as Pig Feed
Q: Have you, or anyone else, looked into relationship between this and the overall need to reduce meat production - does this process reduce or eliminate the need to make those behavioural changes in terms of reducing the meat consumption or would you stay that the effect here of having less ecological degradation still does not stop the requirement for the major behavioural change?
A: We can feed 50% of pigs in the EU with food waste. Food waste treatment also has some environmental input in terms of energy inputs and water. The need for the behavioural change is still there. We produce 34kg of pork per person per year - we don't need that to eat 34kg of pork per person per year.