Food is essential for the functioning of all living organisms. In addition to energy, food also provides other essential compounds such as the proteins, vitamins and micro-nutrients necessary for life. In humans, the food choices made by consumers have a major effect on health and wellbeing, and the importance of a balanced diet is well-known. Food security involves not only food availability and production but also food access and use. In other words, it goes beyond the production of sufficient food. Nutrition refers to the process involved from the choice and consumption of food up to its effects on health and well-being of individuals.
Title: Food Security & Nutrition
Realising sustainable food and nutrition security is a central issue for the coming decades, containing a wide range of related topics. A recurrent question is whether food production can keep pace with a growing global population. Although nutrition security is much broader than food production, food security is a prime prerequisite for nutrition security. We are also witnessing a consumerist shift where decisions by consumers and retailers increasingly have consequences throughout the food system. Shifting consumer cultures, changing diets, demands for more sustainability in food and decisions on whether or not to accept particular food products, such as GMO’s, cannot be ignored by the other actors in the supply chain.
Understanding of socio-economic, cultural and political dynamics in a broad array of agro-food systems around the world serves as an inspiring resource for designing sustainable pathways to future food provision. This alumni meeting will present stimulating presentations and discussions on various aspects of this important topic.