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Futures for food security in times of crises - new development pathways through regional food systems? 
Carolin Hulke (University of Cologne)
Javier Revilla Diez (University of Cologne)
Godfrey Tawodzera (University of the Western Cape)
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Economy and Development (x) Covid (y)
Wednesday 31 May, -, Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Debates on food security recently highlight the role of rural-urban linkages in regional food systems. The panel discusses development pathways for food security affected by global dynamics linked to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which reinforce regional economies.

Long Abstract:

Despite improvements in food security over the last few decades, the prevalence of undernutrition remains high in the Global South. The question of how agriculture and other rural livelihood strategies can best contribute to sustainable food security remains debated, and is of particular importance to vulnerable smallholder farmers. Millions of smallholder farmers in the Global South function as one of the main producers of food globally, yet they remain the most affected by food and nutrition insecurity, showing their immense importance in food systems on multiple levels. In these debates, emphasis is put on rural settings as sites of production. Due to rapid urbanisation in many African countries, urban food systems are gaining novel attention, highlighting the role of rural-urban linkages in regional food systems of production and consumption, which is accelerated through a trend of rural-urban migration. Production and trade are increasingly organised in a regional manner within shorter networks, decoupled from powerful lead firms orchestrating the organisation of entire sectors from the Global North, a trend that has been accelerated by global crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. However, how food production and access in regional systems is affected by these multiple crises and how these will rearrange pathways towards food security in the urban and rural, to this point remains unclear. Behind this background, the panel aims to discuss different case-studies on changing development pathways for food security caused by new global dynamics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which reinforce regional economies.

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -