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‘St Gallen leader of tomorrow’, Koen Dekeyser, 04.05.2017

GovInn’s Research Fellow Koen Dekeyser got included into the St Gallen Leaders of Tomorrow community at the yearly St Gallen Symposium, Switzerland. Koen was selected through the Wings of Excellence Award, one of the most prestigious student essay competitions in the world, by his essay ‘Cultivating disruption: Redefining our food system through food sovereignty’. Other participants included Timothy Garton Ash, J. Erik Fyrwald, Griffiths of Fforestfach, and Alec Ross.

Koen joined the Leader of Tomorrow community in 2016 as well.

 

‘The State of Foresight in Food and Agriculture: Challenges for Impact and Participation’ by Robin Bourgeois

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Robin Bourgeois published together with Cristina Sette the article ‘The State of Foresight in Food and Agriculture: Challenges for Impact and Participation‘ in the journal Futures.

Actionable foresight for food and agriculture faces the double challenge of including, and impacting on multiple stakeholders. We present here a state of the art of participation, stakeholder inclusion and impact of 38 recent foresight studies on food and agriculture. All cases were selected through a worldwide survey in seven languages, a bibliography and multi-lingual web review, and a review by a group of foresight experts. Our results indicate that global foresight studies are led by experts or scientists from international organizations or national organizations from advanced countries, with rather limited participation of stakeholders, while more local studies are more inclusive and directly linked to policy making. Leadership in foresight by least developed countries’, farmers’ or civil society’s organizations is marginal. While there is more than anecdotic evidence of the impact of these foresight works, this is rarely documented. The paper combines literature review and case study to provide evidence on the links between stakeholder inclusion and impact and presents the Global Foresight Hub, an innovative initiative at global level for strengthening participation, inclusion and impact of foresight in food and agriculture.

Read the full article here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001632871630221X

Call for Papers: Global Food Security Conference, 8-11 October 2017, Cape Town

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The 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security will take place in Cape Town between the 8th and 11th October 2017. This conference is organised in association with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, the University of Pretoria, and the University of Western Cape.

Abstract submission deadline is 5 May 2017, on the following themes:
Theme 1: Culture and politics in food security
Theme 2: Social protection for food security
Theme 3: Sustainable intensification of food production systems
Theme 4: Transitions, urbanization and food security
Theme 5: The food-water-energy nexus
Theme 6: Plant, animal and bio-engineering science for food security
Theme 7: Reducing food losses and waste
Theme 8: Reducing risks to food production and distribution from climate change
Theme 9: Nutritional security
Theme 10: Business-science-community cooperation to advance food security
Theme 11: Public policy for food security
Theme 12: Food sovereignty and democratization of food systems

More information can be found at http://www.globalfoodsecurityconference.com/.

Koen Dekeyser

Koen Dekeyser joined GovInn as a Research Fellow in 2015. His work is focused on food governance and food systems.