Overall, however, experts in Workshop 1 concluded that:

  • The quality of metrics is not as good as it needs to be for accurately understanding, monitoring, or predicting food security and the sustainability of food production processes given natural resource conditions, policies, and market incentives;
  • Suites of metrics/indicators are needed to understand the phenomena associated with sustainable food security (both availability of food and access of poor populations to it), although even existing suites of metrics are rarely integrated adequately for decision makers today; and
  • There are few integrated sets of relevant data that are widely accessible and allow analysts to work at sufficiently broad scales as well as at more local (including household) scales.

The first day of this second workshop will open with a recap of findings from Workshop 1, reflecting the availability and quality of data indicators and projections of both poverty/food security and resource use trends as they are currently understood, while also framing the potential of various factors to pose new opportunities, risks and vulnerabilities that will affect trends going forward. These presentations will enable workshop 2 participants to see what the existing evidence tells us regarding the magnitude of the problems and challenges and opportunities for their solutions.

Subsequent sessions on day one of Workshop 2 will then dig more deeply into the trends associated with natural resources that are believed to pose hard constraints to food supply and availability. The second day of this second workshop will then explore several of the policy, market, and governance approaches currently thought to be needed to resolve the constraints posed by natural resources to food availability at various scales: global, regional, and local. The third day will engage participants in consideration of what changes (in public policy and regulatory institutions, markets and other economic institutions dominated by the private sector, and social and cultural institutions) would be needed to raise the probabilities for ensuring that food availabilities in 2050 respond to global food demands and the nutritional needs of more than 9 billion people.

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Presenters will be asked to prepare written papers to support their oral presentations. This workshop will involve a diverse set of participants: researchers, analysts, academics, and development leaders in a wide range of fields – food production, resource management, environmental conservation, climate, and others.

Monday, May 2, 2011
8:30 AM Welcome and a Conceptual Framework for the Workshop
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University, Committee Chair
This presentation will be based on a conceptual model developed to show the links between sustainable food production/supply, food security and interventions by the public and private sector and civil society. The model will provide the framework for the content and organization of the workshop.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY?

9:00 AM Current and Expected Future Food and Nutrition Security
Hartwig de Haen, Former FAO Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Department



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