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Understanding food security: What does it mean to you? 

October 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0

Session title:

Understanding food security: What does it mean to you? 

Session Blurb:

What does food security mean to you? 

The United Nations recognises food security as having physical, social and economic access at all times to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. What does this mean to you and fellow Friends around the world?

For this event we were joined by Professor Molly Anderson, an expert in sustainable food systems who talked about her work in the climate and biodiversity negotiations and what impacts food security is having on our human rights. We also heard from Epa Ndahimana, an expert on cassava as a climate resilient crop, who shared his work and local perspectives on farming, exploring unpredictable climate conditions and the impact on successful crop harvests and livelihoods.

Speaker Bios:

Epa Ndahimana is from the Africa Section of Friends from Uganda Yearly Meeting. He is an agricultural economist based at University of Reading, UK as a researcher in agricultural economics & development focusing on bringing the cassava crop into beverage production.  He has been working on cassava as climate resilient crop in Uganda and has developed clean energy solar driers that are widely used in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria to add value to cassava crop. He has also worked on strategies to deliver accurate and timely climate services to farming, fishing and pastoralist communities for early warning, adaptation and resilience to climate change in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. He has also been involved in monitoring Uganda’s progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through collection and evaluation of Citizens Generated Data (CGD).  He holds an MSc. in Agricultural and Food Economics from University of Reading, UK & MSc. in Environment and Business Management from Bangor University, Wales.   

Molly Anderson is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she teaches classes on hunger, food security and food sovereignty, agroecology and fixing food systems.  She also directs the Academic Program in Food Studies. She is interested in multi-actor collaborations for sustainable food systems, food system resilience, human rights in the food system, the right to food in the US, and bridging interests and concerns of academicians and community-based activists. She participates in Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network; the Food Solutions New England network; the national Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture & Sustainability; and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).  She earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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October 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0