Special Session: Food – local and global challenges
Despite national and international efforts challenges related to food production, distribution, and consumption are on the rise. That’s why the United Nations has set ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, as well as promoting sustainable agriculture as one of its Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030. However, problems are multi-layered: the coexistence of hunger (under nutrition) and obesity (over nutrition), the overexploitation of natural resources and the large amounts of food lost and wasted are some food paradoxes discussed by experts and in literature.
To address food-related challenges a host of issues, from growing income and wealth disparities, gender parity, ageing demographics to culturally-specific diets, education, and climate change impacts are of importance. Here, the benefits of the use of GI technology (mapping and visualization, statistical and spatial analysis, simulation and modelling, satellite imagery analysis, and participatory GI approaches, etc.) brought to food related research, are well received.
The session highlights current research on food security, safety, sustainability, and sovereignty and the role that GI technology can play in local and global food movements.
Day passes available.