Towards Next Generation Food Policy Research
Matlære: Food Talks with Simon Maxwell
‘More of the same’ needs to be part of the food policy agenda in the future. But the world food system has undergone major changes in structure and in the distribution of power; so, equally important is new research that both addresses a new context, and also faces up to new or under-explored issues.
- Talk by Simon Maxwell, Overseas Development Institute
- Ruth Haug, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- Desmond McNeill, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo
Ola Westengen, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Hunger overall is down, under-nutrition is falling, and global food shocks are handled somewhat more effectively. Investment in agriculture, severely neglected in the 1990s, has recovered. However, the 2008 food crisis was a reminder that global food supply and demand can still cause surprises.
Environmental shocks still cause food problems, as this year’s El Nino has shown. And nutrition, both under- and over-, still remains a major problem, as reflected in the World Health Assembly Targets for 2025, and in the Sustainable Development Goals. Globally, more than a third of the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition, with 160 million children in the world stunted.
The food policy agenda in the future should in part be ‘more of the same’. But the world food system has undergone major changes in structure and in the distribution of power; so, equally important is new research that both addresses a new context, and also faces up to new or under-explored issues.
About the speaker
Simon Maxwell is an economist who has written extensively on poverty, food security, agricultural development and aid. He was Director of the Overseas Development Institute from 1997-2009, where he is now a Senior Research Associate. He is, inter alia: Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Commons International Development Select Committee; Chair of the European Think Tanks Group; Executive Chair of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN); and an active blogger and tweeter.