Statement based on the 4 TH international conference on global food security – December 2020: Challenges for a disruptive research Agenda

Patrick Caron*, Martin van Ittersum, Tessa Avermaete, Gianluca Brunori, Jessica Fanzo, Ken Giller, Etienne Hainzelin, John Ingram, Lise Korsten, Yves Martin-Prével, Moses Osiru, Cheryl Palm, Marta Rivera Ferre, Mariana Rufino, Sergio Schneider, Alban Thomas, Daniel Walker

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The 4th Global Food Security conference highlighted four major developments: the shift from food security to food systems; a focus on diets and consumption patterns; the importance of unknown futures and inherent uncertainties and risks; and the central role of multi-level connections between local- and global-oriented research. These shifts highlight the importance for research to contribute to dialogue and collective intelligence through evidence-based brokerage, and to move beyond polarization of debates. These shifts also call for the involvement of scientists in multi-stakeholder arrangements to strengthen innovation and learning at different levels, and for their participation in foresight studies to help navigate plausible futures. Delegates discussed five scientific challenges to be addressed through both research investments and by improving science-policy interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100554
JournalGlobal Food Security
Volume30
Early online date28 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Food systems
  • Innovation
  • Science-policy interface
  • Scientific challenges
  • Transformation

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