Mar 12, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    Wilf 5th Floor Conference Room, 139 MacDougal Street, New York, NY

Valid ID and RSVP required. RSVP here or email Audrey.Watne@nyu.edu. Lunch will be provided.

Today’s global food system generates hunger alongside of land grabs, food waste, health problems, massive greenhouse gas emissions. Nora McKeon’s just-released book explains why we find ourselves in this situation and explores what we can do to change it. In her talk she will review how the international community (mis)addressed food issues since WWII up to the food crisis of 2008. She will contrast how actors link up in corporate global food chains and in the local food systems that are considered to be “alternative” but in fact feed most of the world’s population. Relevant paradigms – from productivism to food sovereignty – will be unpacked and the significance of adopting a rights-based approach to solving food problems highlighted. The author will describe how communities around the world are protecting their access to resources and building better ways of food provision and discuss how the Committee on World Food Security – a uniquely inclusive global policy forum since its reform in 2009 – could be supportive of these efforts. The talk will conclude with a call to blow the whistle on predatory capitalism by building effective public policy instruments for accountable governance and extending their authority to the realm of regulating markets and corporations.

About the Speaker:

Nora McKeon is the author of Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations. She studied history at Harvard and political science at the Sorbonne before joining the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. She held positions of increasing responsibility there, culminating in overall direction of the FAO’s relations with civil society. A major area of her work over the years was strengthening civil society/social movement participation in field programmes and in policy dialogue at all levels, with particular attention to organizations of small food producers as the mandated representatives of those most affected by food insecurity and poverty yet most distant from decision-making that affects them. She now divides her time between research, teaching, consulting and advocacy around food systems, food governance, small-scale farmer movements, and UN-civil society relations and has published widely on these topics.

 

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