Past Event

Columbia University Food Systems Symposium

April 1, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027

Join Columbia University's Food Systems Symposium to discuss climate change and its effects on our global food system

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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

2:45pm - 3:45pm | Panel 4 - Shifting Consumer Preferences

4:00pm - 4:30pm | Event closing and final words

5:00pm - 7:00pm | Social Event

Speakers Include

  • Dr. Ruth Defries
  • Dr. Glenn Denning
  • Dr. Jessica Fanzo - Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Pamela Koch - Columbia University Teacher’s College
  • Dr. Molly Brown - Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
  • Dr. Lewis Ziska - Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Dr. Jason Evans - Jownson & Wales University
  • Jeffery Potent - Columbia University
  • Julie Kunen - Oatly
  • Dr. Marleen Onwesen - Wageningen University
  • Steve Sands - Performance Food Group
  • Dr. Matthew Hayek - NYU/Food Climate Partnership

Contact Information

Morgan Elizabeth Booher