Resilience insights related to the global food crisis

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A collection of reflections, publications and news that are relevant to the ongoing crisis

The current global food crisis is likely to get worse and to have severe consequences far beyond the food sector.

The war in Ukraine has sparked off a course of events linked to food and energy security which is difficult to predict. This comes on top of climate-related droughts and heatwaves affecting harvests globally.

What we know from our research is that food insecurity can cause new conflicts and social unrest. Furthermore, there is an imminent risk that policymakers will try to cope with the growing food insecurity by lowering environmental ambitions.

With climate change and biodiversity loss already now threatening food production, this is not a solution.

We also know that our global food systems are extremely vulnerable. Most of our food is based on a small amount of crops which are produced in just a few countries.

At Stockholm Resilience Centre we have substantial scientific expertise on sustainable food systems. We know what is needed in the long run and we have suggestions for how to get there.

Click here for an overview of our most relevant experts on sustainable food systems.

Line Gordon

DIRECTOR, PROFESSOR IN SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE

Areas of expertise

• Why our global food system is so vulnerable to shocks and crises
• How the right food can improve nutrition, sustainability and shock-resistance
• Why food trade is just as important as self-sufficiency

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line.gordon@su.se

+46 737078529

Laura Pereira

RESEARCHER

Areas of expertise

• Why our global food system is so vulnerable to shocks and crises
• What interventions can help shift the food system towards sustainability
• What diverse, desirable future food systems could look like
• How a more sustainable and equitable food system could be achieved

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laura.pereira@su.se

+46 76 280 2036
+44 77656 96614 / +27 82 187 4748

Albert Norström

RESEARCHER, HEAD OF KNOWLEDGE & EVIDENCE GLOBAL RESILIENCE PARTNERSHIP

Areas of expertise

• How environmental change creates conflicts; how conflicts create food crises; and how the wrong answers to food crises create new conflicts
• How conflicts can be alleviated through investments in food systems

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albert.norstrom@su.se

+46 8-674 7034

Cibele Queiroz

RESEARCHER

Areas of expertise

• How environmental change creates conflicts; how conflicts create food crises; and how the wrong answers to food crises create new conflicts
• How conflicts can be alleviated through investments in food systems
• How diversity can make food systems less prone to shocks

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cibele.queiroz@su.se

+46 8-674 7556

Jonathan Donges

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Areas of expertise

• How climate disasters can spark armed conflicts
• How extreme heat events can hit several food baskets at the same time

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jonathan.donges@su.se

+49 331 288 2468

Malin Jonell

RESEARCHER

Areas of expertise

• What role seafood can come to play in the food crisis
• What role value chains & eco-certification play in food systems

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malin.jonell@su.se

+46 8-16 20 00 (university switchboard)

Anne Charlotte Bunge

PHD STUDENT

Areas of expertise

• How food systems can become sustainable and resilient, with a Nordic focus
• How technology and innovation can drive a transformation of the food system
• How public health and the environmental crisis are connected through food

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annecharlotte.bunge@su.se

Kajsa Resare Sahlin

PHD STUDENT

Areas of expertise

• How food systems can become sustainable, with a focus on meat consumption
• What sustainable livestock production can look like

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kajsa.resare.sahlin@su.se

+46 8-674 7796

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