Noon Lecture: “Over 1 Billion NOT Served: The Global Economic Crisis and Food Governance”

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 11:45 AM
CIGI, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
Apr 20
The food price crisis of 2007-2008 resulted in widespread hunger and civil unrest across the developing world. The attention directed to the global ‘food crisis’ was quickly overshadowed by the global economic collapse in the latter part of 2008, which came on the heels of months of financial instability. Since the financial crisis erupted, food insecurity has only worsened in developing countries. In 2009, the FAO announced that the number of undernourished people on the planet had surpassed 1 billion, making the millennium development goal of halving world hunger to 450 million by 2015 that much more distant. As the reality of the long term nature of this current hunger crisis has set in, institutions of global governance have responded with plans to improve world food security. In this talk, Jennifer Clapp examines the linkages between the global economic crisis and rising hunger, and discusses the implications of various strategies for addressing the crisis for food system sustainability.

Event Speakers

Jennifer Clapp is the CIGI chair in Global Environmental Governance and professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. Her published work covers a range of topics at the interface of the global economy, food and the environment, including the politics of agricultural trade, food aid, agricultural biotechnology and the role of transnational corporations in global environmental and food governance.