Food Futures (2013)
The topic chosen for the first conference “Food Futures” is an invitation to think creatively of the potential for change and transformation of our food systems and how research can help define and achieve these visions. The conference will provide many spaces for discussion around the major changes that our food systems may undergo in different parts of the world given current and forecast pressures, opportunities to transform our food consumption, production and distribution patterns, and scenarios and pathways to live more sustainably.
Participants took the initiative to continue the networking process even after the conference was over, finding common grounds to work together, setting up caollaborations, and taking some of the research questions brainstormed at Food Futures further.
- Development of research question on underutilized plant products for proposal
- Summer school for early career scientists on transdisciplinary methodologies
- Abstract submission to international conference on waste management based on food futures participation
- Refining of research question on African context for proposal
- Commentary submitted to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development on future research priorities and highlighting differences with other research questions published
- Refining and adapting research questions to the case of olive growing in Spain for submission (How do future changes in growing season length in semi-arid regions affect rain-fed agriculture and how farmers could adapt? How do we integrate local knowledge about climate change in our research and how do we effectively transmit sustainable scientific information to farmers?)
- Commentary submitted to the journal Biofuels on meeting the growing demand of food and bioenergy (Meeting the growing demand for food and bioenergy in the 21st century: synergies through efficient waste management, in which they argue for an integrative research perspective on food-energy systems under particular consideration of wasterelated issues)
- Future fellowship submissions on comparative global perspectives
Download the Food Futures Conference Report
Some participants have since published papers based on the outcomes of the conference. “A vision in transdisciplinarity in Future Earth: Perspectives from young researchers“ was published in theJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. And “Meeting the growing demand for food and bioenergy in the 21st century: synergies through efficient waste management“ was published in the journal Biofuels.