The 34th TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His topic will be on
"Interdisciplinary Food Systems Training to address Global Food Challenges".
Abstract: Over the last half century, food production has largely kept pace with demand on a global basis. Despite these successes, nearly 1 billion people are still hungry, at least 2 billion more lack sufficient nutrients and already more than 2½ billion are overweight. Furthermore, food system activities continue significantly to impact on natural resources. Population growth, compounded by increasing wealth and an emerging ‘middle class’, will see food demand rise, with potential over-consumption, increasing costs to our health, society and environment. How do we bring about systemic change in the food system to mitigate these potential costs, while also addressing the needs of those who do not have enough?
Against this background, the lecture will highlight the need for a workforce trained in interventions leading to better food security, environmental and enterprise outcomes; and discuss how the need for systemic change was the motivation behind the multi-university “Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning” programme (IFSTAL). With core funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, IFSTAL aims to create a cohort of Masters and PhD graduates equipped to address food systems challenges. The benefits to students and to the workplace will be explained and modes for potential engagement indicated.
John Ingram leads IFSTAL, a learning community and interactive resource designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. This anual lecture is arranged by the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) in memory of Ralph Melville. This year the event will be co-hosted by the Cambridge University Strategic Research Initiative on Global Food Security.
The lecture will be followed by a wine reception, providing valuable networking opportunities. Attendance is free but we encourage charitable donations to our Tropical Agriculture Award Fund.
The Lecture will be pubished in the TAA journal Agriculture for Development.