Malthus, Boserup or Both; The future of smallholder farming in Africa

A lunch lecture by prof. Ken Giller and prof. Peter Oosterveer. A small lunch will be included.

Organisator Impulse

wo 15 juni 2016

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

In the debate on the future of food, the growing world population draws attention but is not very much discussed. However, can the world produce enough food if the world’s population continues to grow? Should we be more aware of the earth’s limits in harbouring people and take measures? Or, is hunger essentially a problem of distribution and access and should we focus on institutional change and technological innovation to address it. Prof. Ken Giller (Plant Production Systems) and prof. Peter Oosterveer (Environmental Policy) discuss these questions from the perspective of population dynamics as developed on the work of Malthus and the perspective of agricultural development and innovation as Boserup suggests.

Peter Oosterveer is Professor at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. After his PhD in 2005, he continued research and teaching in the field of globalization and sustainability of food production and consumption. His interests are in particular on global public and private governance of food towards sustainability, including labeling and certification of food in transnational supply chains, and on the role of consumers in promoting sustainability. Recently he has published articles on sustainable palm oil and on transition processes in food. His experience include working in Asia (Thailand, Vietnam and China) and Africa (several countries).

Among his publications are:

  • Oosterveer, Peter and David Sonnenfeld (2012) Food, Globalization and Sustainability. London and New York: Earthscan
  • Spaargaren, G., P. Oosterveer, and A. Loeber, eds. 2012. Food Practices in Transition. Changing Food Consumption, Retail and Production in the Age of Reflexive Modernity. New York and London: Routledge.