The Sustainability Challenge for Global Food Security
The challenge of feeding the world is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing humanity. Industrial production systems that provide much of the world’s food use large amounts of water and energy, and are major contributors to biodiversity loss, soil erosion, chemical exposure and climate change.
These problems not only endanger environmental sustainability, but future food security as well. However, despite widespread recognition of the need for environmentally sustainable food production, incorporation of environmental sustainability goals into global food security governance arrangements has been weak and uneven.
Dr. Jennifer Clapp, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability, aims to improve understanding of the links between environmental sustainability and global food security governance. Clapp is analyzing how environmental considerations interact with international food security governance arrangements in such areas as agricultural investment assistance in developing countries, measures to address high food prices, and rules governing international food trade.
Clapp’s research will help policy-makers shed light on the complex political and economic forces that foster or hinder global co-operation for sustainable food security.