[Mindset Public Talk] Environmental Cost of Food; Wed 25 Nov, 6pm, KLTC

For Mindset Public Talk in November we will discuss about the environmental costs of food and the delicate balance between food security and natural resources. Our guest speaker will be Dr Pierpaolo Duce, from Italy’s National Research Council. We will also have a special response from Prof Sayed Azam-Ali, CEO of Crops For the Future Research Centre (CFFRC). The talk will be on 25 Nov at 6 pm at KLTC, Jalan Conlay (details below and in the attached flyer).

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest on environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Mindset Public Talk, November 2015

  • Title: Environmental cost of food: the delicate balance between food security and natural resources
  • Guest Speaker: Dr Pierpaolo Duce (Italy’s National Research Council); with a special response from Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali (Crops For the Future)
  • Date & time: Wed 25 Nov 2015, 6-8 pm
  • Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)
  • Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies

RSVP: Tue 17 Nov, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my

Refreshments will be served after the talk

Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before 17 Nov
[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Talk

With more than seven billion people in the planet, we need to create a balance between food security and natural resources. The environmental implications of agri-food chains is a strategic issue in a local/territorial perspective: for both farms and business companies, the improvement of their environmental performances is an increasingly competitive element and the environmental valorization of rural systems represents a key factor particularly for marginal area development. With the aim of enhancing this debate, this talk will focus on the environmental cost of food and the life cycle assessment method. Based on the life-cycle thinking, this approach allows measuring food sustainability under all its aspects/dimensions. 

About the Speakers

Dr Pierpaolo Duce has been responsible for the Institute of Biometeorology, National Research Council, Italy, since 2005. His research focuses on the development of methods for monitoring and modelling Mediterranean forest and agricultural ecosystems, aimed at protecting and sustainably using agro-environmental resources. He has been responsible for several European research projects devoted to the evaluation of agricultural and forest carbon sinks, the assessment of climate risk in agro-forest ecosystems, and the analysis of the environmental performances of agricultural production and food products humanity.

Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali has been the Chief Executive Officer of CFFRC since August 2011. He is also the Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Nottingham. Professor Azam-Ali became Professor of Tropical Agronomy in 2006 at the University of Nottingham, where he co-ordinated three major EU-funded Programmes and was a principal partner in two other EU programmes. In 2008, he was appointed as Vice-Provost (Research and Internationalisation) at UNMC, where he co-ordinated the successful bid to co-host the global Crops for the Future (CFF) organisation. In 2011, CFFRC became the world’s first centre research on underutilised plants for food and non-food uses awards.


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