Masterclass for Sustainable Development
18 - 20 March 2016
Youth hostel Scoutshuis - Wilrijkstraat 37-45 - 2140 Antwerpen
The global food system is characterized by striking paradoxes. While there is plenty of food available, 1 out of 9 people in the world live in the permanent risk of food uncertainty. Especially a one-sided sugar-rich diet is on the rise. Therefore, developing countries have to combine their strategy against hunger with a strategy against health problems like obesity and diabetes.
Paradoxes are also found on the production and distribution side. While production and distribution are guided by ever more advanced technologies, it also goes along with higher rates of food waste. And to end with, while NGOs and the United Nations demand for food sovereignty as a model for sustainable development, a growing number of small producers have to deal with fiercer competition with the big players in agro-business.
How must we interpret these paradoxes, and what can we do about it? This programme tries to offer context to put things in the right perspective.