Biography

Jessica Duncan is Assistant Professor in Rural Sociology at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). She holds a PhD in Food Policy from City University London. Her research areas include: food policy; food security; global governance; environmental policy; and participation. She works as an associate editor for the journal Food Security and acts as an advisor and researcher with Traditional Cultures Project (USA). Jessica’s latest book is Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security (Routledge 2015). When not working she is likely to be reading, riding her bike, climbing rocks, tweeting (@foodgovernance), or blogging at www.foodgovernance.com.

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Think about the food in your fridge. It is very likely that most of it has come in nonbiodegradable packaging and from far distances. It is also likely that at least one-third of this food will be wasted or was lost before production.1 Increasing evidence shows that the industrial food system is having a destructive […]

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For more than 15 years, Monika Agarwal has been working with the pastoralists of India, including EDA Rural Systems Consultancy, MARAG (an Indian NGO), the World Alliance for Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP), and as the International Land Coalition’s National Engagement Strategy coordinator for India.   Her forthcoming publication, …

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At a recent meeting of academics and activists, a farmer stood up to address the overcrowded meeting room. “If you are optimistic about the future of our food systems, and our planet, you are naive at best,” she said, “but, if you do not have hope, then you have nothing.” It is indeed hard to […]

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