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Book talk: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability

Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

With recent political unrest in low and middle-income countries, global food prices spiked. Consumers took to the streets in protest, rioting and pressuring governments to make major changes. The rising demand for food is no longer being met with a rising supply, and the specter of widespread food insecurity fostering sociopolitical instability weighs on policymakers worldwide.

Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Chris Barrett, Dr. Wendy Wolford, Joanna Upton, and Samuel Crowell, to hear about their new book Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability (Oxford University Press, 2013) and this complex relationship. A key message is that actions taken by governments, firms and civil society, in an effort to address food security stressors, may have consequences that ultimately matter far more than the direct impacts of biophysical drivers, such as climate, land or water scarcity. The means by which governments, firms, and private philanthropies tackle the food security challenge of the coming decade will fundamentally shape the relationship between food security and sociopolitical stability.

Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. & Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, International Professor of Agriculture in the Dyson School and Professor in the Department of Economics. In January, he will be the new David J. Nolan Director of the Dyson School at Cornell. Contributing authors, Wendy Wolford, Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell and associate director for economic development at Cornell's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future; Joanna Upton, PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Economics & Management; and Samuel Crowell, PhD candidate in the Department of Plant Biology; will join the discussion.

Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and signing. This Chats in the Stacks book talk is funded by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund at Mann.

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Chris Barrett, Wendy Wolford, Joanna Upton, and Samuel Crowell

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Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management, Development Sociology, Plant Biology

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