Food security vs food sovereignty: the major post-Covid19 challenge?

July 2, 2020

Join the conversation on Thursday, 2nd of July with the sociologue Saker El-Nour from IRD and the journalist of L'Orient-le Jour, Suzanne Baaklin

The Covid-19 epidemic shows, in a blatant way, our dependence on world trade and the vulnerability that comes with it, especially when we talk about highly strategic sectors such as agriculture or the agri-food industry. If food security takes into account the capacity of States to buy food on international markets, food sovereignty implies that their own production must be in sufficient quantities to feed their national population.
How, as journalists, can we talk about this technical topic by connecting it with our socio-cultural eating habits?
Is 'solution journalism', focused on local and sustainable agricultural initiatives, the option to be favored?

Join the conversation on Thursday, 2nd of July with the sociologue Saker El-Nour from IRD and the journalist of L'Orient-le Jour Suzanne Baaklini:

  • 5pm in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco
  • 6pm in Libya and Egypt
  • 7pm in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen

Host:
Suzanne Baaklini is journalist for 'L'Orient-Le Jour' Lebanese francophone newspaper where she specialises in environmental reporting.

Guest:
Dr Saker El-Nour is a consultant and an associated researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development. He has a PhD in sociology from Paris-10 Nanterre University and has worked at AUB (Lebanon) and EHESS (France). His current research focuses on agri-food transformations and rural dynamics in contemporary MENA. He published in 2020 ar Dar el-Meraya (Cairo) the second edition of his book Land, Peasant & Investor : A Study on Agrarian and Peasant questions en Egypt.


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