Dr. Jeroen Candel and Dr. Maarten Voors. Since the 19th Century, science and the fossil fuel revolution have generated a global abundance of food, and – so far - ended mankind’s long-standing subsistence struggle. But did we definitely escape the Malthusian trap? Can we leave poverty traps and myopic expectations behind? Governments have still not been able to address global food insecurity effectively. Why are they still struggling? Why do good intentions of political decision-makers often not result in action on the ground?
Jeroen Candel provides various examples and sets out key elements of ways in which food security can be governed more successfully. Maarten Voors discusses the role of scientific evidence in policy making. He zooms in on the role of impact evaluation of food security and development programs and highlights the institutional and social constraints of successful action on the ground.
About the lecturers
dr. JJL (Jeroen) Candel MA
Jeroen Candel finished a bachelor in Public Administration and Organisational Science and a master in Public Governance (cum laude) at Utrecht University before completing his PhD research entitled 'Putting food on the table: the European Union governance of the wicked problem of food security' at the Public Administration and Policy Group in April 2016. He currently works as assistant professor at the PAP group.
He is interested in emerging forms of food and agricultural policy and studies these by using public policy and governance theories. By doing so, he both contributes to theoretical debates and provides concrete suggestions for policymakers and stakeholders.
dr. ir. MJ (Maarten) Voors
Assistant Professor at the Development Economics Group at Wageningen University. My main field is development and experimental economics. I research focuses on institutions, social capital, (post-conflict) development and behavior and use a variety of methods including surveys, lab and field experiments and econometric analysis.
I conducted field research in Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia and DRC. Recent projects include field experiments on formal and informal institutions in development and the role of social networks in technology adoption in post-conflict and developing areas. I am a member and the current Trainings Director of EGAP a network of academics doing experimental research in development.