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The globalization of food

Wednesday, 8th of February |  14:00 – 14:45 

The globalization of food


Bram van Helvoirt is a postdoctoral researcher of International Development Studies (IDS) at Utrecht University and a lecturer at the department of International Food and Agribusiness of HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. He is coordinating the NWO-funded 'Follow the Food' research project. The project aims to enhance understanding of the impact of foreign agribusiness investments on local food security in Africa.
Bram finished a PhD about regional development in the Philippines in 2009. After finishing his PhD , he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a policy officer at the sustainable economic development department and at the R&D department of the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI). At CBI he was engaged in applied research on international trade, global value chains, and trade policies.

Ellen Mangnus studied development economics at Wageningen University. After graduation, she has worked at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) for seven years. Here, she was engaged in consultancy for public and private organizations active in developing countries. For her PhD research, she investigated the trading practices of sesame and sorghum farmers in Mali. Since January 2017 Ellen is working as a postdoc researcher in the Follow the Food research program of Utrecht University.



The globalization of food
Which local impacts generate the globalization of food in different parts of the world? In his interactive presentation Bram van Helvoirt will look at global food chains and how these connect (smallholder) producers in developing countries with ‘global consumers’ in industrialized economies. Using different cases and examples, the imbalances in the global food system will be explored with the audience, as well as actions that are undertaken by different stakeholders to correct these imbalances.