In the context of systems research in agriculture, ‘system’ may apply to the farming system, the livelihood system or the agro-ecological system. This ‘system’ may also exist at different levels or scales (such as farm, community, national, regional or global).
The projected doubling in global food demand in the next 50 years poses significant challenges in the sustainability of food production and ecosystems, and the services they provide to society. This doubling will result from a projected 2.4-fold increase in per capita real income and also dietary shifts towards a higher proportion of meat (much of it from grain-fed animals).
The Organizing Committee takes pleasure in inviting scientists, students, farmers, policymakers and other stakeholders in the vegetable sector to participate in SEAVEG 2014: Families, Farms, Food – Regional Symposium on Sustaining Small-Scale Vegetable Production and Marketing Systems for Food and Nutrition Security
A gender lens was applied to a wide range of agricultural research topics in one of the parallel sessions on Thursday morning (Sep 26th). As is often the case at the gender related discussions, a female dominated audience filled the room and speakers and facilitator were all women. However, as the session commenced about a quarter of seats were occupied by men.