Lecture @ZEF: The scramble for Africa's food security: Food and nutrition trends in the Sub-Saharan economic powerhouses

December 15, 2016 | 13:30 h - 14:10 h

We would like to invite you to the upcoming lecture on

The scramble for Africa's food security:  Food and nutrition trends in the Sub-Saharan economic powerhouses

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Prof Julian May</link>  from the University of Western Cape, South Africa.

Time and place: Thursday, December 15, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. at ZEF (ground floor right conference room)

We are looking forward to seeing you at ZEF on December 15. Admission is free!

Abstract of lecture:

Although both ‘high growth’ and ‘sustainable growth’ scenarios on feeding the global population in 2050 show that this is attainable, there are important regional differences. Transitions in nutrition, epidemiology and agri-food systems are likely to be especially notable in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  The region faces a rapidly growing population accompanied by a rapidly changing food system due to increasing affluence, increasing urbanization and increasing globalization. SSA also faces a new “scramble” as local elites and multi-national corporates seek markets, commodities, land, energy and opportunities for investment, while the governments of developed countries seek ways of stemming migrant flows at the source. Focusing on the 12 largest economies in the region, and adopting a food systems approach, the paper explores aspects of the changing agri-food system. These include cities, food preferences and logistics infrastructure.

About the author:

<link www.uwc.ac.za/biography/pages/may.aspx>Prof Julian May</link> is Director, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, University of the Western Cape. He obtained his doctoral degree in Development Studies University of the KwaZulu-Natal. He is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Department of Social Policy, Oxford University and the South African Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town. Between 1994 and 1998, Prof May led the Poverty and Inequality Report, the first review of South Africa's poverty reduction policies in the post-apartheid era.  Internationally, he has worked on an evaluation of the World Bank's social fund program in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Zambia and Malawi, bio-diversity studies in Mozambique and Namibia, poverty reduction strategy in Lesotho, Zambia and Uganda, and on monitoring and evaluation in Mauritius, Maldives, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. He was the principal researcher for the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Survey (KIDS), a ten year panel study of poverty dynamics. With the support of funding received from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Union, these data are being further analysed in a project being conducted with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Cape Town. He has edited 3 books, published over 60 papers in books and academic journals, and produced more than 120 working papers, research reports and other publications. His research interests are poverty and inequality, agrarian reform, and impact assessment methodologies.