Multi-level food system seminar series: Regional food systems for improved resilience

Speaker: Professor Michael Hamm, Michigan State University

Title: Regional food systems for improved resilience

Date: Monday 23 February

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

We in the developed world have tended to concentrate our food sources in areas with a ‘comparative advantage’ for production, typically for climatic reasons.  The cost of energy, post-harvest handling technology, and varietal development has made this possible.  We have entered a period where increased extreme weather events and climatic shifts make this a more risky venture – and provide a strong rationale for regionalized food systems to increase resilience of our food system and help insure food security. This seminar will use examples from the United States and East Africa to illustrate the notion and rationale.

Multi-level food system seminar series

The Food Systems Research Group in the Environmental Change Institute and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food are organising a seminar series based on a number of food system levels:

  1. National
  2. Subnational
  3. Major cities
  4. A provincial city

The overall aim is to discuss the connections, linkages, food flows and governance arrangements at the different spatial levels. The seminars will cover a range of issues and how these issues change depending on the spatial resolution.

About the Speaker

Mike Hamm is the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University and Director of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at Mansfield College and working at the Environmental Change Institute.