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Meetings and symposium at SIA 2015

The challenges of global food security

The objective of the meeting is to clarify how partners working with INRA and CIRAD are considering the topic of global food security in the context of their missions, how they are organising their efforts to respond to this challenge and what they expect from agricultural research in this area.

Updated on 03/05/2015
Published on 02/11/2015
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Monday 23 February 2015 ~ from 10:00 to 12:00

Contributing through research to addressing the challenge of global food security is a priority for both INRA and CIRAD.

Scientists from both institutions are carrying out mono- or multidisciplinary studies at different analytical scales, from the local level to that of the planet, relative to the different dimensions of food security.  They are thus addressing issues as varied as the study of global food transitions, the analysis of developments in the agronomic and zootechnical performance of agricultural production systems throughout the world, land availability for agricultural use and the conditions for access to it, or the governance of global food security.

Based on presentations by different actors who are partners with the two research institutions, the aim of the meeting is therefore to clarify how these actors are considering the topic of global food security in the context of their missions, how they are organising their efforts to  respond to this challenge and what they expect from agricultural research in this area.

The meeting is being organised in collaboration with the French Agency for Development (AFD).  It will consider issues such as market access for small producers, the reduction of losses and waste, transitions in agricultural production systems linked to the use of natural resources, and the equilibrium of agricultural markets in the context of developing non-food uses for biomass and potential competition between different types of land use.  Plenty of time will be allowed for debate between research scientists, their partners and the audience, the aim being to determine the optimum alignment between what research can offer and what is demanded of it.

Programme

10:00
Opening of the meeting and welcome address
10:05
Introduction
> Integration of small producers in markets and integrated sectors, and the limitation of losses and waste.
> Transitions in production systems and access to natural resources.
> Equilibria between global markets, land use and the exploitation of biomass.
11:45
Conclusion
François Houllier, President of INRA, and Michel Eddi, President of CIRAD

This meeting will be the subject of a live tweet at @Inra_France and @Inra_Intl using the hashtag #Glofoods.

GloFoods metaprogramme

The Transitions to Global Food Security metaprogramme (GloFoodS) aims to mobilise multidisciplinary scientific resources from INRA and CIRA in order to contribute to informing the different dimensions of food security.  Based on original approaches combining agronomy, the environment, nutrition, economics and sociology, and by adopting a global standpoint, this programme will contribute to international research on food security by linking the challenges of global changes and of food transitions with the demands made to upstream sectors in the context of sustainable development.