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12th May 2015: Through an East African lens

This year’s series has been focusing on the multiple uses of land for agriculture, ecosystem services and biodiversity, and how conflicts and trade-offs come into play with land-use decision making in the context of an ever-growing human population and climate change threat. A number of critical global trends and research areas have been identified and in May, we will explore some of them in greater depth for one specific region: East Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is a critical hotspot of hunger and under-nutrition, and also an area whose food security is expected to be impacted seriously by future climate change. At a pivotal moment for agriculture and food security in East Africa, this meeting will pick up themes from previous Forum meetings to explore questions related to the food security and future of agriculture, livelihoods and biodiversity conservation in the region.

We co-hosted this meeting with the Global Food Security Initiative and the Cambridge-Africa Programme and you can find out more about them by following the links on the right.

On the panel of witnesses, Dr Liz Watson from the Department of Geography joined Dr Tinashe Chiurugwi, a Research Associate from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and Alison Mollon, the Acting Head of the Africa and Madagascar Regional Programme at Fauna and Flora International.


Profiles of everyone who came to the meeting

 

Dr Rosamunde Almond
  • Deputy Director of the Forum,
  • Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge,
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Stephen Asuma
  • Student on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership course,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Dr Henry Ssebuliba Busulwa
  • CAPREx (Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence) Fellow,
  • from Makerere University, Uganda
Dr Tinashe Chiurugwi
  • Research Associate
  • National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), Cambridge
Dr Gemma Cranston
  • Programme Manager, Natural Capital Leaders Programme,
  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Dr Pauline Essah
  • Cambridge-Africa Programme Manager,
  • Department of Pathology
Dr Shailaja Fennell
  • Lecturer in Development,
  • Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Phil Franks
  • Senior researcher, Biodiversity,
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Professor Chris Gilligan
  • Professor of Mathematical Biology
  • Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
Dr Jonathan Green
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Howard Griffiths
  • Professor of Plant Ecology,
  • Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
Professor Ian Hodge
  • Professor of Rural Economy,
  • Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Professor Nigel Leader-Williams
  • Director of Conservation Leadership,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Paul Linden
  • Director of the Forum
  • The G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics,
  • Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge
Alison Mollon
  • Senior Programme Manager, West & Central Africa,
  • Acting Regional Manager, Africa
  • Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
Rodah Owako Okeyo
  • Student on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership course,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Susan Owens
  • Professor of Environment and Policy
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Lord Martin Rees
  • Chair of the Forum
  • Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, Department of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Dr Jake Reynolds
  • Director, Sustainable Economy,
  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), University of Cambridge
Dr Will Simonson
  • The Coordinator of the Global Food Security Initiative,
  • Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
Dr Gavin Siriwardena
  • Head of Terrestrial Ecology & Principal Ecologist,
  • British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)
Professor Alison Smith
  • Professor of Plant Biochemistry,
  • Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
Dr Liz Watson
  • Senior Lecturer and Pybus Fellow of Newnham College,
  • Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor James Wood
  • Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science
  • Head of Department of Veterinary Medicine,
  • University of Cambridge

This meeting is being co-hosted with the Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security. This research initiative aims to integrate scientific and technological innovation in food quality, yield and sustainability with interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the behavioural, social and political conditions of food security.

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The CAMBRIDGE-AFRICA Programme (which incorporates THRiVE, CAPREx, MUII, Alborada Fund and the WT-CCGHR initiatives) aims to strengthen Africa's own capacity for a sustainable research and mentoring culture, by cultivating the talented individuals who will make this long-term goal a reality.

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