Topic 5f Food Security and Agriculture


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Next Conference: Track 5f

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Past Conference

  • Messina, Italy, 2018
  • Summary of the track 5f : Food security and agriculture

During the track “Food security and agriculture”, the participants looked for various solutions to the future Food crisis, as suggested in the general review of the literature about food security and agriculture by Catherine Macombe (And after?). It could be “changing the nutrition of our food”, such as recommended by Gaspard Philis et al. (with A material and substance flow analysis of soybean and seaweed-based aquafeed proteins- comparing primary energy and phosphorus requirements) or managing the resources with care : Phosphorus stocks, as demonstrated by Zengwei Yuan et al. ( ***), or services rendered by honey bees, as underpinned by Ioannis Arzoumanidis et al. (The inclusion of the Pollination service in Life Cycle Assessment of Beekeeping Products). Technologies such as mobile phones are introduced by Tyler Jay Reynolds et al. (Mobile phones and sustainable based livelihoods: a case study of smallholder farmers in the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions, Ghana). Other solutions require even more shifts, like widely spreading urban agriculture as highlighted by Nicole Paganini, Anja Schelchen et al. (with Sustainable urban food systems in Southern Africa’s cities: urbanGAPs for organic market gardens in Cape Town), or radically changing our diets (Ari Paloviita with a Conceptual framework for sustainable protein systems, and Seona Candy et al. with Quantifying Melbourne’s ‘foodprint’: a scenario modelling methodology to determine the environmental impact of feeding a city). Maybe part of the solution lies in turning back to tradition, as suggested by the work of Filipa Monteiro et al. about cashew (Anacardiaceae as a central driver of agro-economic transitions in Guinea-Bissau: past and current trends), or widely spreading the implementation of organic agriculture as discussed by Raymond Auerbach (Sustainable food systems for Africa).

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