Small Island Developing States Symposium this Month

This month, the ACWFS is organizing a symposium titled 'Can Science Contribute to Food Security in Small Island Developing States'. We hope to see you there!

11/13/2019 | 4:07 PM

We cordially invite you to the 2019 Small Island Developing States Symposium which will take place on November 29th, from 9:00-17:00 in the Rietzee Hall at De Nieuwe Poort, Claude Debussylaan 2, Amsterdam, hosted by the VU's very own Amsterdam Center for World Food Studies (ACWFS).

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have a set of vulnerabilities in common which impact on food insecurity and malnutrition. In particular, SIDS' islolated position from food markets, limited natural resource base, exposure to natural disasters, high dependency on food imports, and ongoing urbanization contribute to imbalanced and malutritious diets, especially for those in lower socieconomic positions. The calls to curb the threat of a double burden of malnutrition and restore food diversity on th SIDS are therefore justified.

The symposium titled ‘Can science contribute to food security in small island developing states?’ hosts keynote guest speakers representing the main geographical areas of the SIDS: Carribbean, Pacific and the AIMS (Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea). The speakers will share their latest research findings and give insights in the driving factors related to food insecurity and malnutrition. The seminar also presents the preliminary results of a cross-country analysis on food insecurity and fresh water management conducted by the ACWFS and commissioned by the FAO. The ultimate aim of the symposium is to identify a joint research program that addresses the prevailing knowledge gaps that are needed to sustain food security in the SIDS.

With this symposium, the ACWFS hopes to spark lively discussions, facilitate valuable cross-cultural idea exchange, and move towards a common path which ensures food security in not only Small Island Developing States, but also globally. We hope to see you there. Email info.acwfs@vu.nl for the program and more information.