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"The Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People in a Changing Climate"

Charles Godfray
Hope Professor
Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food
Oxford University

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Charles Godfray is a world-leading scholar who has dedicated the past decade to the study of the global food system. His work on food security, waste, and other food issues provides significant insights into major environmental and health issues." — Bren Professor David Tilman

By the middle of this century, there are likely to be around 10 billion mouths to feed, with people demanding a richer and more varied diet. In his talk, Professor Godfray will explore the challenges of global food security. He will examine supply-side responses and particularly the concept of sustainable intensification — producing more food from the same amount of land with less impact on the environment. He will address how climate change may affect food supplies and how that will influence health through shifts in affordable diets. Finally, he will explore where first issues of food security are likely to come to the fore and with what policy consequences.

A faculty member in the Oxford University Department of Zoology, Charles Godfray is a population biologist who has broad interests in science and the interplay of science and policy. His research involves experimental and theoretical studies in population and community ecology, epidemiology, and evolutionary biology. He is interested in food security and how the global food system will need to change and adapt to challenges, including climate change. He has a particular interest in the relationships among food production, ecosystem services, and biodiversity. Dr. Godfray chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government Office of Science’s Foresight project on the Future of Food and Farming. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society, and as Hope Professor, he directs the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change allows the Bren School to attract international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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