On Monday November 14, the Fenner School co-hosted a full day workshop on food systems and international development with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australian Centre for International Research. The aim of the workshop was to take stock of how researchers and practitioners understand and invest in food systems in developing countries.
Throughout the day, a series of short presentations highlighted the diverse work Australian research and development agencies conduct in developing countries. Much of the work the food systems community undertake is grounded on strong partnerships throughout the world. The day also included two extended roundtable discussion sessions which focused on four major themes: understanding of concepts, Australia’s investment trends, lessons learnt, and visions for the future.
A series of major themes emerged from the day, all of which created a point of reflection for researcher and practitioners’ future work in the sector. For example, participants noted the critical role that social and environmental contexts play in in effective food system investments. Issues of scaling up, measuring food security outcomes, including biodiversity and climate concerns, and gender equity all emerged as necessary areas of focus for future investments.
The organising team will be preparing an academic publication on Australia’s food system investments in the coming months.
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