Trade & Food Security

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Paolo D’Odorico, University of California, Berkeley
David Seekell, Umeå University
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The global food system is increasingly connected due to international trade and transnational land acquisitions, creating the potential for perturbations in local agricultural systems to propagate into global food crises. This Venture seeks to understand the factors contributing to the resilience (or lack of resilience) of the global food system to perturbations. This Venture synthesizes existing global datasets in a complex dynamic network framework to evaluate the effects of global trade and transnational land acquisitions on the resilience of the global food system. The specific goals of this project are to:

  1. identify commodities and countries that are detrimental to the resilience of food networks and human populations, and
  2. link quantitative analyses of food security to human outcomes and ethical trade-offs.

This Venture will improve understanding of factors influencing the vulnerability of the global population relative to perturbations, such as local episodic drops in crop production.

Joel A. Carr, University of Virginia
Jampel Dell'Angelo, SESYNC
Marianela Fader, Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie Marine et Continentale (IMBE)
Jessica Gephart, University of Virginia
Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, University of Maryland
Matti Kummu, Aalto University
Nicholas R. Magliocca, SESYNC
Miina Porkka, Aalto University
Christina Prell, University of Maryland
Michael Puma, Columbia University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Zak Ratajczak, University of Virginia
Maria Cristina Rulli, Politecnico di Milano
Samir Suweis, University of Padova
Alessandro Tavoni, London School of Economics
Philippe Marchand, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)


Resource Title Brief Summary
Resilience and reactivity of global food security May 12, 2015

Article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Inequality or injustice in water use for food? Feb 16, 2015

Article published in Environmental Research Letters.

Historical trade-offs of livestock's environmental impacts Dec 22, 2015

Article published in Environmental Research Letters.

Accelerated deforestation by large-scale land acquisitions in Cambodia Sep 21, 2015

Article published in Nature Geoscience.

Past and present biophysical redundancy of countries as a buffer to changes in food supply May 17, 2016

Article published in Environmental Research Letters.

Food System Resilience Indicators Data Aug 09, 2016

These data on global food system resilience indicators were used for the analysis and to generate the figures in Seekell et al. (in press).

Reserves and Trade Jointly Determine Exposure to Food Supply Shocks Sep 14, 2016

Article published in Environmental Research Letters.

Resilience in the Global Food System Feb 09, 2017

Article published in Environmental Research Letters.

What Commodities and Countries Impact Inequality in the Global Food System? Sep 22, 2016

Article published in Environmental Research Letters.

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