Food Security and Agriculture

Ir. Frits van der Wal, Senior Policy Advisor – Cluster Food & Nutrition Security Focal Point Land Governance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

Andy Nelson, Professor, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, The Netherlands

Participants will ‘unpack’ the global food security challenge. This includes the projected demand to feed 9 billion people by 2050 and to ensure food quality and sustainable food systems. Food security is a multi-dimensional, multi-scaled, societal challenge. Geospatial technologies and information cut across current responses: crop-failure early-warning systems, precision farming and landscape design are just a few examples. However, geospatial possibilities can also pose a threat when used for predatory land acquisition and other malicious activities. This session explores contemporary food security responses and looks ahead to explore what the geospatial sector could and should do.

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