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Addressing Global Food Security: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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START DATE 11 February 2015
START TIME 02:00pm
LOCATION W142, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
END DATE 11 February 2015
END TIME 05:00pm

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) (

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