Jun 2

Big Thinking at Congress

Jennifer Clapp, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability; Professor, Environment and Resource Studies Department, University of Waterloo, and Trudeau Fellow

Navigating the global food fight: Trade, food security and the battle for policy space

June 2, 2016 at the University of Calgary

Is it possible to foster food security and sustainability in the context of global trade? Countries are currently engaged in heated debates in international trade negotiations over how best to address hunger and promote sustainable food systems without contravening trade rules. This lecture explored how ideas about trade and food intersect with powerful interests, how current approaches too often become reduced to a binary understanding of options, and how opposing sides might move policy forward in constructive ways.

Trudeau Fellow Jennifer Clapp holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Throughout her career, Clapp’s research has focused on global governance problems related to the global economy, the environment and food security. Clapp received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Research from the Canadian Association for Food Studies and her book Hunger in the Balance was shortlisted for the 2012 Donner Prize. Clapp has carried out consulting work for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations World Food Programme, the Canadian International Development Agency and Oxfam Great Britain.

This lecture took place in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French.

This Big Thinking lecture was sponsored by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.