Bridging the Divide Between Food Security and Nutrition Security: Can a world of nine billion be well fed?

Global food security has improved markedly during the past quarter-century as a rising share of a growing world population has met their basic calorie needs. Such progress, however, has given way to new nutritional and environmental challenges that governments, private corporations, and civil society are struggling to address.

• The scourge of hunger as defined by calorie deficits is now matched by the menace of obesity, even in poor countries. Nutritious diets remain elusive for billions of people around the world.
• Supply chains for globally traded oil crops, such as palm oil and soy, are becoming “greener”, but face serious dilemmas in how to engage smallholder farmers.
• The rapid rise in aquaculture provides additional protein for a growing population while taking pressure off wild fisheries, but it presents new ecological risks related to scale and feed sourcing.
• Crop and livestock production are contributing to—and at the same time are impacted by—global climate change. Rising global temperatures, coupled with more extreme climate events, are making difficult food situations in India and Sub-Saharan Africa even more volatile.

Professor Roz Naylor will discuss how the dynamics of population, income, and trade can solve basic problems, but also create collisions along the road to food security. Drawing on her field experience from around the world, she will highlight successes and struggles in achieving better nutrition for all. We invite your participation in a wide-ranging conversation on this challenging subject on April 19, 2017.

About Speaker Dr. Roz Naylor

Roz Naylor is the William Wrigley Professor of Earth Systems Science, Professor (by courtesy) in Economics, and the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) at Stanford University. She received her PhD from Stanford University in applied economics, her Masters in economics from the London School of Economics, and her Bachelors degree(s) in economics and environmental science from the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on policies and practices to improve global food security and protect the environment. She works on issues related to aquaculture, fisheries, agriculture, and livestock, as well as policy and market forces that drive change in these industries. Naylor and her students have field research projects in several countries throughout the world.

In addition to her many peer-reviewed papers, Dr. Naylor has recently published two new books on her work: The Evolving Sphere of Food Security (Naylor, ed., 2014), and The Tropical Oil Crops Revolution: Managing Tradeoffs Among Food, Farmers, Fuels, and Forests (Byerlee, Falcon, and Naylor, 2017). She serves on the Advisory Boards for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and The Nature Conservancy (California chapter), and is on the Board of Directors for the Aspen Global Change Institute.