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Food Security Working Group

Increasing Food Security


The food security working group brings together people from across campus and beyond to tackle a set of transdisciplinary collaborative projects that address food security challenges requiring both research and action, at scales from local to global.

Work is based on the consensus global definition agreed at the 1996 World Food Summit hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: food security exists if and only if“all people at all times have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”


Working Group Leaders:

  • Christopher Barrett, the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and international professor of agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Rebecca Nelson, Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science and Scientific Director, The McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program
  • Laté Lawson-Lartego, Director Food Systems, Oxfam America


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