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Navigating the global food fight: Trade, food security and the battle for policy space



Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm


Rozsa Centre — Eckhardt Gramatté Hall

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Is it possible to foster food security and sustainability in the context of global trade? Countries are currently engaged in heated debates in international trade negotiations over how best to address hunger and promote sustainable food systems without contravening trade rules. This lecture explores how ideas about trade and food intersect with powerful interests, how current approaches too often become reduced to a binary understanding of options, and how opposing sides might move policy forward in constructive ways.

Trudeau Fellow Jennifer Clapp holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Throughout her career, Clapp’s research has focused on global governance problems related to the global economy, the environment and food security. Clapp received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Research from the Canadian Association for Food Studies and her book Hunger in the Balance was shortlisted for the 2012 Donner Prize. Clapp has carried out consulting work for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations World Food Programme, the Canadian International Development Agency and Oxfam Great Britain.

This lecture will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French.

Lunch reception to follow.

This Big Thinking lecture is sponsored by: