Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ethics of Food Security in a Changing Society

24th September 2014.Windsor Great Park, UK. Ethics of Food Security in a Changing Society – Learning from the Past to Shape the Future

Food security is a significant concern in today's world and this conference viewed the issue in European countries and their former colonies from the colonial period until the present day and beyond. Particular focus was on how being a former colonised or a colonising country has impacted upon food security. 

The consequences of the resultant agricultural systems in the colonies affect daily life, the spread of wealth and food security up to this day. The engineering, along with the socioeconomic, aspect of this conference will explore how technological advances, particularly in the fields of food preservation and decentralised energy supply, can play a vital role in securing the livelihoods of people, especially in disadvantaged regions.

The conference was open to PhD students and early career researchers of all disciplines whose research is relevant to the conference topics and is conducted in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Topics:

  • How can history influence our understanding of food security and the resulting ethical dilemmas? 
  • What influence have behavioural changes, such as consumer waste in Europe, had? 
  • What effect have local, national and global policies had on food security and its wider ethical context? 
  • How have advances in engineering impacted upon the development of agriculture and rural livelihoods? 
  • What are the implications of food security to environmental conservation? 
  • How have global demands for food been affecting local livelihoods in the global South?
The explicit aim of this conference was to develop new concepts based on past experiences with the existing systems which are not constrained by the lack of communication between disciplines and not dominated by advocates of the current systems and approaches. 

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