Columbia University Food Systems Symposium: free webinar, April 1

Food Systems Symposium

A useful learning and networking opportunity for anyone interested in sustainable food: the Columbia University Food Systems Symposium, a hybrid event with free webinar on April 1. Here’s the description:

Currently, global food systems are faced with a diverse set of issues: climate change, resource-intensive practices, food waste, food insecurity, displacement of livelihoods, inequality and more. Columbia University’s Food Systems & Climate Symposium will explore how global practitioners are working to resolve these issues to transition towards low-carbon, nature-positive, efficient and just food systems. Organizations and groups from all sectors are engaging with solutions to finance sustainable agricultural practices, support the rights and economic development of smallholder farmers, enhance resilience to climate change and ensure that our food system can continue to provide us nutritious and plentiful food now and in the future. Led by a group of graduate students from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the symposium will convene a series of panels and case studies in a hybrid modality on Friday, April 1st, 2022.

9:00am – 10:00am | Introduction and Keynote Speech

10:15 – 11:15 | Panel 1 – Nutrition and Food Security in the Climate Crisis

11:30am – 12:30pm | Panel 2 – The present and future of smallholder farming

12:30pm – 1:30pm | Lunch break

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Panel 3 – Innovating Finance for Resilient Food Systems

2:45pm – 3:45pm | Panel 4 – Shifting Consumer Preferences

4:00pm – 4:30pm | Event closing and final words

5:00pm – 7:00pm | Social Event

Speakers Include

  • Dr. Ruth Defries
  • Dr. Glenn Denning
  • Dr. Jessica Fanzo – Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Pamela Koch – Columbia University Teacher’s College
  • Dr. Molly Brown – Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
  • Dr. Lewis Ziska – Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Dr. Jason Evans – Jownson & Wales University
  • Jeffery Potent – Columbia University
  • Julie Kunen – Oatly
  • Dr. Marleen Onwesen – Wageningen University
  • Steve Sands – Performance Food Group
  • Dr. Matthew Hayek – NYU/Food Climate Partnership

To make the most of this and similar online events, be sure to read our article, How to leverage online industry events for your transition to a green job.

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