FOOD SECURITY

The Geopolitics of Food security

The Geopolitics of Food Security has been identified as one of the central thematic research topics of the Mistra Geopolitics Programme. It examines how the international community can end hunger by 2030 in the face of environmental change and geopolitical shifts. It asks how states suffering from food insecurity respond to systemic risks in global food trade, and how European states seek to govern the environmental risks and vulnerabilities resulting from complex and transnational supply chains. This will include an evaluation of food security policies and their interplay with other SDGs such as SDG 16 on just and peaceful societies in global food security hotspots.

Half of the global population lives in the 50 most food insecure countries – mainly located in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Climate change will threaten food production in many areas of the world, while continued population growth coupled with higher demand for meat increase the pressure on agricultural land. Challenges to food security are amplified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and persistent conflicts. An examination of the potential risks and response measures for ensuring global food security in a world of rapid change is urgently needed.

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How can Sweden and international partners contribute to assure food security for all in line with the SDGs?

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How do food security risks propagate globally?

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How can global food supply chains be governed in a way that accounts for local populations’ land use and livelihoods?

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How can Sweden and international partners contribute to assure food security for all in line with the SDGs?

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How do food security risks propagate globally?

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How can global food supply chains be governed in a way that accounts for local populations’ land use and livelihoods?

HIGHLIGHTS

Selections from our recent work on food security

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World Food Summit
Food security represents a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life

PUBLICATIONS

Our work on food security to date

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How can Sweden and international partners contribute to assure food security for all in line with the SDGs?

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How do food security risks propagate globally?

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How can global food supply chains be governed in a way that accounts for local populations’ land use and livelihoods?

TEAM

Meet the team working on the 'geopolitics of food security' theme

Uppsala University

Nina von Uexküll

Stockholm University

Lisa Dellmuth

SEI

Magnus Benzie

SEI

Sara Talebian

Linköping University

Tina Schmid Neset

Stockholm University

Maria-Therese Gustafsson

Elizabeth Smith

Almut Schilling-Vacaflor

Farah Hegazi

Tanushree Rao

Uppsala University

Nina von Uexküll

Nina von Uexkull is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Nina is leading the Mistra Geopolitics research theme Food Security in the second programme phase. Her main research areas are the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on armed conflict and human security.

Telephone:+4618-471 2357

Stockholm University

Lisa Dellmuth

Lisa Dellmuth is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Stockholm University. Lisa is leading the Research School of Mistra Geopolitics. Her research focuses on legitimacy and redistribution in global governance, and global climate change solutions. She leads the 5-year research program GlocalClim (Glocalizing Climate Governance: The role of Integrated Governance for a Just and Legitimate Adaptation to Climate Risks) funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas).

Telephone:+46 8 161 076

SEI

Magnus Benzie

Magnus Benzie: Research Fellow (SEI), focusing on climate change adaptation. His research includes professional experience in climate change research with a focus on climate impacts, vulnerability, risk and adapatation. Magnus is a researcher in Work Package 2; Impact pathways in a changing environmental and geopolitical context.

Telephone:+46737078627 Share

SEI

Sara Talebian

Sara Talebian is a research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), focusing on foresight methodologies. Her research includes academic and professional experience in futures studies with a focus on explorative and qualitative scenario techniques and futures visioning. Sara is leading Work Package 6; Engagement, Synthesis and Rapid Response

Linköping University

Tina Schmid Neset

Tina Schmid Neset is an associate professor at Linköping University. Her research focus lies on the visualization of Climate Change and Resource Flows as well as on resource management and vulnerability assessments related to agriculture and food security. Tina leads the research in Work Package 5; Foresight- Sweden in a changing, geopolitical landscape.

Telephone:+4613282288

Stockholm University

Maria-Therese Gustafsson

Maria-Therese Gustafsson is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. Prominent themes in her research are natural resource governance, political participation, and climate security. She has published a research monography Private Politics and Peasant Mobilization: Mining in Peru (Palgrave MacMillan), articles in Third World Quarterly, WIRE Climate Change, the Latin American Research Review and Canadian Journal of Development Studies, and has edited two anthologies. She is a researcher in Work Package 3 and heads the Research School in the Mistra Geopolitics programme.

Telephone:+468163572

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith is a research assistant in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme. Her research focuses on gender, climate security and peacebuilding.  Elizabeth is part of the Food Security theme within Mistra Geopolitics.

Almut Schilling-Vacaflor

Almut Schilling‐Vacaflor, PhD, currently works as a Postdoc at Osnabrück University and as an Associate Researcher at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Her research deals with environmental governance, business and human rights, global supply chains, Indigenous peoples and FPIC, extractive industries and the agribusiness in Latin America. Her work has been published by journals like World DevelopmentThe Journal of Peasant StudiesRegulation & Governance, Ecology & SocietyGlobal Environmental Politics, Development and Change and Third World Quarterly. Almut is part of the Food Security theme within Mistra Geopolitics.

Farah Hegazi

Dr Farah Hegazi is a Researcher in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk programme. Her research focuses on identifying and understanding climate-related security risks, and how interventions to address the effects of climate change can be used to build peace. She is currently working on evaluating how climate-related security risks affect peacekeeping missions, and on how the World Food Programme’s climate-related interventions can potentially contribute to peace. She is a part of the Food Security theme within Mistra Geopolitics.

Tanushree Rao

Tanushree joined Stockholm University as a PhD candidate in June 2021. Her research focuses on international aid and food security (Work Package 4), with particular interest in how inequality and migration issues influence aid effectiveness. Previously, she worked as a communication professional and program advisor in Australia and Timor-Leste in the fields of international development, gender, technology, peacebuilding and environment. Tanushree completed a Rotary Peace Fellowship at Uppsala University, with an MSSc in Peace and Conflict Studies.

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