Feeding the world: insurmountable obstacles or a prospect of plenty?

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Happening tonight in Wageningen, The Netherlands

Feeding the world: insurmountable obstacles or a prospect of plenty?

Cafe Loburg, November 27th

19:45 Live music

20:15 Speakers

Join us Thursday November 27th when we will have our next Science Cafe! This Science Cafe prof. dr. Rudy Rabbinge and prof. dr. Michiel Keyer will discuss with us the problems of providing food safety to the world.

A food-secure world is a world in which all people have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. Global food availability is higher than ever before, yet millions of people still live in fear of hunger and starvation. The United Nations (UN) estimates that about 842 million people – approximately one in eight – are undernourished today. And although significant progress has been made in many countries where hunger persistently declined since the 1960s, undernourishment remains a significant problem in for instance sub-Saharan Africa and western Asia.

A large increase in population growth (9.6 billion people by 2050 according to UN estimates) emphasizes the challenge of feeding everyone even more, especially since the most extensive population growth is likely to occur in the least developed countries.

In this session of Science Café, we would like to address the questions of whether we have the knowledge, tools and resources to finally refer food insecurity to the past. What can scientific research contribute to food security? Which economic and cultural principles are of influence? What is the role of entrepreneurship? Which results are to be expected from governmental interventions? Can synergy be achieved?

Our guests for this Science Café are:

prof. Dr. Rudy Rabbinge, Emeritus Research Professor of Sustainable Development and Food Security at Wageningen UR and member of the High Level Panel of Experts Steering Committee of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, will provide examples of important scientific developments. He will also address the responsibility to make better use of existing technologies and to create sustainable innovations so that everyone in the world has access to ample and healthy food.

prof. Dr. Michiel Keyzer, Emeritus Professor of Economics at VU University (Amsterdam), former Director of the Centre for World Food Studies (SOW-VU) and Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will elaborate on how scientific research contributed to the progress made in fighting hunger. In particular, the role of mathematical economics in this domain will be discussed.

Music will Be performed by Basement 4 In an old and forgotten basement somewhere below this city, 4 people found each other in their shared passion for new jazz. Listen at Science Cafe to a new and original musical project. Their second appearance on stage and they already play their own pieces! They build with jazzy chords, melodic lines and subtle rhythms to construct their own jazzy compositions.

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