Convening: Building Collaborative Research on Seafood, Nutrition and Food Security December 2017

The new World Food Policy Center at Duke University hosted a convening on December 12-13, 2017 aimed at producing a state-of-the-art policy research by bridging diverse areas of food policy that have traditionally been isolated, including hunger, malnutrition and food security; chronic disease; agriculture and environment; and food safety and defense. Within that framework, we are building a Sustainable Seafood program at the intersection of food security, nutrition, fisheries,and environmental governance. As part of our efforts to a) conceive and elaborate the Center’s contribution to sustainable seafood policy and b) foster interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration, we are convening a group of experts for a one-day meeting at the Duke Marine Lab. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the World Food Policy Center and its goals to the participants, explore the potential for synergy and collaboration, and present and discuss an initial report on the state of the field of knowledge on fisheries’ contribution to nutrition and food security. More generally, the meeting represents an opportunity to bring a variety of perspectives to the table to explore mutual interests in sustainable seafood.

Objectives

  • To introduce the World Food Policy Center to Duke Marine Lab faculty and external participants
  • To explore potential synergy between the World Food Policy Center’s work on sustainable seafood and the ongoing research of Marine Lab faculty and external participants.
  • To present the Center’s findings on the state of the field of knowledge on fisheries’contribution to nutrition and food security and receive feedback on those findings.
  • To identify the contributions that World Food Policy Center can make to sustainable seafood, in collaboration with experts in the field.

Outcomes

  • A conception of the Center’s contribution to sustainable seafood, to be written into a one-page description.
  • A strategic plan, including collaborative efforts, for the Center’s sustainable seafood program.
  • Elaboration of a set of potential case studies for future research on fisheries’ contribution to nutrition and food security.

Participants

    • Alice Ammerman, Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • Barbara Best, Senior Coastal Resource Management and Policy Advisor for the Forestry and Biodiversity Office, USAID
    • Stephanie Prufer, Environmental Science and Policy and Biology Major, Duke University
    • Kelly D. Brownell, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
    • Lisa M. Campbell, Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University Marine Laboratory
    • Christopher Golden, Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard University
    • Elizabeth Havice, Associate Professor, Geography Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • Abigail Bennett, Associate in Research, Duke University World Food Policy Center
    • Kristin Kleisner, Senior Fisheries Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
    • Grant Murray, Associate Professor of Marine Policy, Duke University Marine Laboratory
    • Michelle Benedict Nowlin, Clinical Professor of Law, Supervising Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Duke University School of Law
    • Pawan Patil, Senior Economics, The World Bank
    • Xavier Basurto, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science, Duke University Marine Laboratory
    • Douglas N. Rader, Chief Oceans Scientist and Associate Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund
    • Stephen E. Roady, Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke University School of Law
    • Martin D. Smith, George M. Woodwell Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, Nicholas School of the Environment  
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    Project Team

    • Sarah Zoubek, MEM
    • Nicholas School for the Environment
    • Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
    • Duke Marine Laboratory