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Workshop The Future for Food Systems
Workshop The Future for Food Systems
Friday November 4, 2016 Image: IFPRI
All day event


Hof van Wageningen Conference Centre
Lawickse Allee 9
Wageningen, 6701 AN Netherlands
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IFPRI & Wageningen UR

Wageningen UR and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) co-organize the experts workshop ‘The Future for Food Systems’. The aim of this workshop is to support systematic food systems research as an analytical and policy device.

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Supporting systematic food systems research as an analytical and policy device implies the search for a practical but comprehensive operational definition of Food Systems, based on a clear understanding of its internal and external dynamics (drivers, constraints, connections). In order to support the analytical purpose of food systems, the workshop will identify some guiding principles for the interdisciplinary and interactive food systems analysis. Finally, common insights will be derived regarding the effectiveness of policy instruments and incentives for healthier and sustainable diets.

The audience of the workshop consists of Dutch and international researchers involved in food system analysis, CGIAR partners, and policy makers, as well as participants from the private sector and civil society organizations that are involved in food system innovations.

The workshop is organized within the framework of the Wageningen UR strategic research program on Global Food & Nutrition Security (GF&NS) and marks the start of the Wageningen-led flagship ‘Food Systems for Healthier Diets’ that forms part of the CGIAR program Agriculture for Nutrition & Health (A4NH).

(Preliminary) program

In the morning there are three invited keynote presentations that set the stage for food systems analysis. In the early afternoon, open space workshops are organized that provide opportunities to share practical examples of food systems research. The workshop is concluded with a plenary panel discussion with representatives from public and private sector to assess the role of food system analysis for policy and practice.

9.00 Welcome

By prof. dr. Ruerd Ruben (on behalf of Wageningen University)
and dr. John McDermott (program leader A4H, IFPRI)

9.15 Food Systems analysis: Convergence for Agriculture, Health and Wealth

By dr. Valerie Osat, McGill University
Comments by prof Jaap Seidell (Free University) (tentative)

10.00 Food System: Agents and Metrics for Sustainable Nutrition Security

By Dr John Ingram, Oxford / CCAFS
Comments by prof. dr. Ken Giller (Wageningen University)

Coffee/tea break

11.00 Food system interactions: policy strategies for resilience & participation

By Dr Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network, Oxford
Comments by prof. dr. Pieter v.d Veer (Wageningen University)

11.45 Plenary discussion

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Workshop sessions on

– Drivers for Food Systems
– Food systems for healthier diets
– Sustainable Food systems

15.30 Coffee/tea

16.00 Policy & practice panel

With representatives from government, business and civil society

17.00 Closure

17.30 Drinks

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