Seminar on 'Food Security in Asia - Policy Recommendations'



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Venue: RSIS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Nanyang Avenue, Block S3.1, Level B3 (New Wing), Lecture Theatre Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

Chairperson: Professor Paul Teng, Senior Fellow and Advisor to the Food Security Programme, Centre for NTS Studies, RSIS; and Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University

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(Limited seating available. Registration on first-come first-served basis.)

(Kindly note that ‘Identification No.’ in the registration form is only mandatory for NTU Staff & Students)

Registration Closing Date: Noon, Monday, 25 February 2013

About the seminar:

This seminar will discuss the research findings from the CISS 2011–2012 Project on ‘Food Security in Asia’. Supported by the MacArthur Foundation under its Asia Security Initiative, the project investigated the ways in which food-related policies in the region intersect with local and regional food security dynamics, and the impact on local communities and across the wider region.

While food security is a widely researched subject area, far too often the emphasis is on issues related to food production and availability. The impact of certain policy choices and the unequal distribution of power that often play a greater role in creating and perpetuating hunger and lack of access to food, remains underexplored. The project sought to fill the gap by focusing research particularly on policy and governance-related challenges.

The key findings and recommendations focus on the following areas:

  1. Population and Development: Demographic Change, Rural Development and Urbanisation
  2. Land and Equity: Land Acquisitions and Access to Land
  3. Freshwater Resources: Climate Change, Aquifer Depletion and Energy Security
  4. Fisheries and Food Security in Littoral Asia

This seminar offers an opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the research and will be of particular interest to regional policymakers.


About the Speaker:

Monika Barthwal-Datta is Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of NSW. She led the CISS ‘Food Security in Asia’ project at the University of Sydney where she was a post-doctoral fellow. Monika’s primary field of research is security studies, with a particular interest in critical security studies, securitisation theory and human security. Her recent book, Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitization Theory and the Role of Non-State Actors, explores how non-state actors securitise and deal with ‘new’ or emerging security challenges, focusing on the sub-state level. She also has a strong interest in Indian foreign policy and the international politics of South Asia.

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Cheryl Lim
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Supporting Organisations

Asia Plantation Capital
Diamond Energy
City Developments Ltd