Currently, global food systems are faced with a diverse set of issues: climate change, resource-intensive practices, food waste, food insecurity, displacement of livelihoods, inequality and more. Columbia University’s Food Systems & Climate Symposium will explore how global practitioners are working to resolve these issues to transition towards low-carbon, nature-positive, efficient and just food systems. Organizations and groups from all sectors are engaging with solutions to finance sustainable agricultural practices, support the rights and economic development of smallholder farmers, enhance resilience to climate change and ensure that our food system can continue to provide us nutritious and plentiful food now and in the future. Led by a group of graduate students from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the symposium will convene a series of panels and case studies in a hybrid modality on Friday, April 1st, 2022.
9:00am - 10:00am | Introduction and Keynote Speech
10:15 - 11:15 | Panel 1 - Nutrition and Food Security in the Climate Crisis
11:30am - 12:30pm | Panel 2 - The present and future of smallholder farming
12:30pm - 1:30pm | Lunch break
1:30pm - 2:30pm | Panel 3 - Innovating Finance for Resilient Food Systems