Food security is defined by multifaceted dimensions of supply and
demand which are driven by complicated Global Value Chains (GVCs). Global Value
Chains are composed of a wide network of stakeholders varying from small farms to large manufacturing companies, retailers, research and academic institutions
assessing scientific and socioeconomic aspects, government policymakers,
charity organisations and NGOs among others. In this respect, an efficient
methodology to address food security requires a multidisciplinary approach in
research, education and policy making, if sustainable food security solutions
are to be sought.
The purpose of this seminar is to address three major research aspects that define global food security: Food demand, supply and trade; sustainable investment, multinational corporations and GVCs; and behavioural dimensions in consumer preferences
- Professor George Mergos, National
and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece: 'Issues and Policy Options for
Food Security in Developing Countries'
- Professor Marina Papanastassiou, Middlesex University: 'Multinational Corporations and Global Value Chains in the Agro-food Sector'
- Professor Nikos Georgantzis, University of Reading: 'Consumer Preferences in the Food and Drink Industry'
The speakers are co-founders of the Mediterranean Centre for Food Security and Sustainable Growth (MED-SEC) (www.med-sec.org).