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Food Security Seminar Series

The present food system is unsustainable socially, environmentally and possibly economically.  ‘Food security’ – a contested term’ – highlights a critical current issue of global and national concern: how material, intellectual and physical resources can be used to meet the food needs of present and future populations in sustainable ways.


Come and hear/debate with key researchers and shapers of current policy and thinking towards securing good food for all, in the UK and beyond- ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!

Programme of workshops:  





7 May

10.30 (coffee available from 10.00; lunch at 12.00)

Ramphal 1.04

Andrew Jarvis

13 May

15.30 (coffee available from 15.00)

IAS seminar room

Geoff Tansey

28 May

11.00 (lunch at 13.00)

IAS seminar room

Tom MacMillan

28 May


IAS seminar room

David Barling

Each session will last 90 minutes, with 60 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for open discussion.
Please RSVP for all events to Katherine Branch: K.Branch@warwick or x24131.
Information on speakers:

Andrew Jarvis, of GHK, former lead for UK Cabinet Office Strategy Unit on food and food policy, will speak on the content and process of producing "Food matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century" and                              

Geoff Tansey, food writer, broadcaster and consultant, will speak about Intellectual Property and international food security.  Geoff’s background is in agriculture; his most recent research and advocacy work has been on IP rights.  See: The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security (2008, Earthscan) - partly based on his work with Quaker International.  He is a Joseph Rowntree Visionary

Dr Tom MacMillan, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council, will present recent FEC work on sustainable food distribution, water stress and a toolkit for planning for uncertain futures in food.  FEC focuses on how choices are made by government, business and society that lead to better food and farming, championing decisions that are principled, informed and inclusive

Dr David Barling, at the Centre for Food Policy at City University, who researches food system governance and sustainability, will speak on recent work for the Esmee Fairburn Foundation  "National Sustainable Food Security in the UK   


Directions to campus

Campus map(PDF Document)- the Ramphal building is Building No. 47 on the map, and the IAS seminar room is in Milburn House, Building No.38