Science week 'What is Life?'

Symposium

Knowing food crises

Judging the severity of a food crisis from a distance is difficult, especially in regions that are in conflict. For an international humanitarian response it is key to safeguard interventions from unintentional effects to prevent harmful outcomes. This is far from easy as history shows. Yet, ignoring the plight of the hungry is no option, and local and international responses to food crisis in one way or another have to deal with uncertainty about the severity, scope, and local power dynamics of acute hunger, and base their interventions on data that that is considered trustworthy, reliable or simply available. Furthermore: a well-informed public is essential to support strong humanitarian responses.

Organisator 100 years WUR
Datum

di 20 maart 2018 14:00 tot 17:00

Locatie Wisdom and Wonder Pavilion, Wageningen Campus

Judging the severity of a food crisis from a distance is difficult, especially in regions that are in conflict. For an international humanitarian response it is key to safeguard interventions from unintentional effects to prevent harmful outcomes. This is far from easy as history shows. Yet, ignoring the plight of the hungry is no option, and local and international responses to food crisis in one way or another have to deal with uncertainty about the severity, scope, and local power dynamics of acute hunger, and base their interventions on data that that is considered trustworthy, reliable or simply available. Furthermore: a well-informed public is essential to support strong humanitarian responses.

With:

  • Saskia van der Kam (nutrition specialist of Doctors Without Borders)
  • Marinus Verweij (CEO of ICCE - Kerk in Actie)
  • Cees van der Laan (Chief editor of daily newspaper Trouw)

     And introductions from:

    • Bram Jansen, WUR: effects of not knowing a food crises well
    • Bram Posthumus, freelance journalist in West-Afrika: using knowledge through local networks  
    • Dutch Red Cross OCHA Data centre: innovative technologies for knowing food crises better

    The event will be in Dutch. You can register bij e-mailing kuno@kuno-platform.nl