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In its inaugural year, a workshop titled Debating a Sustainable Food System convenes in 2009-2010 to consider the phenomena of food and farming in their global context. Workshop participants are considering five broad food-system dilemmas:
Because responsible treatment of these topics requires a multidisciplinary perspective, one dozen or so invited participants are drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, as well as from medicine, law, business administration, and engineering.
The workshop meets up to eight times during the academic year. At the conclusion of the series, the group plans to assess its progress and consider plans for future work.
Workshop conveners are:
Robert Paarlberg, Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs;
John Briscoe, Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health, School for Engineering and Applied Sciences; and
Missy Holbrook, Professor of Biology and Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
October 26, 2009
Feeding the World in 2050: The Technology Challenge
Derek Byerlee, Rural Strategy Adviser in the Agricultural and Rural Development Department, World Bank
November 16, 2009
Impacts of Climate change on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation
Mark W. Rosegrant, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute
December 7, 2009
The New Politics of Agricultural Development Assistance
Connie Veillette, Senior Staff, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations