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Tackling food security and world hunger

24 September 2018

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Roberta Sonnino, from Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning, will address issues of food security at the European Parliament in Brussels on World Food Day (16 October 2018).

The event, titled ‘FOOD 2030: Research and Innovation for a #ZeroHunger World’, will be hosted by MEP Paolo De Castro, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Professor Sonnino will present key findings from her advisory work as Vice-Chair of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 Expert Group and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.  She will be joined by a diverse range of expert voices on issues of food security and sustainability, hunger and agricultural innovation, including:

  • John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Rodrigo de Lapuerta Montoya, Director of the Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
  • Emile Frison, Expert on Conservation and Agricultural Biodiversity, IPES-Food
  • Nevena Alexandrova–Stefanova, Agricultural Innovation Systems and Knowledge Sharing Officer, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation

Professor Sonnino argues that: “Food security is one of the fundamental global political and social challenges of our time. We must innovate, at a local, national, and international level, to create an enabling food policy to fashion sustainable food economies and end food insecurity and hunger.”

“This World Food Day, I look forward to convening with colleagues in Brussels to share findings from recent research to help stimulate new thinking and creative solutions for a #ZeroHunger world.”

Professor Sonnino is an internationally recognised authority in food geographies and her research specialism includes local food systems, public food procurement, urban food governance and food security. In addition to her role as advisor to the European Commission and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, she has also worked on behalf of the Welsh Government.

If you are interested in attending this event please register by 5 October 2018.

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