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The 10th AASSA Regional Workshop - 9-10 April 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey
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The 10th AASSA Regional Workshop on 

"Sustainable Management of Food Security"

9-10 April 2015

İstanbul, TURKEY


Jointly Organised by:

The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) 

The Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA)


Supported by:

The Global Network of Science Academies (IAP)


AASSA-TUBA Regional Workshop on “Sustainable Management of Food Security” took place on April 9th to 10th 2015, at Legacy Ottoman Hotel in İstanbul, Turkey. The workshop was organized by the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) and the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA). This was the first AASSA regional workshop of 2015 and second workshop in a row that is co-organized by TÜBA after “Women in Science and Technology” Regional Workshop held on 29-30 May 2014 in Izmir.


This workshop was aimed to deliberate on behavioral, biophysical, economic, institutional, political, social and technological drivers of the current and the future global food security. The conference addressed the food system activities of processing, distributing and consuming food, as well as food production from crop, livestock, tree, freshwater and marine sources; the availability, access, utilization and stability dimensions of food security; and the synergies and trade-offs between economic, environmental, health and social objectives and outcomes. The strong expected impact of climate change was also deliberated upon. The conference was thereby range across disciplines and spatiotemporal scales of analysis to span the drivers, activities and outcomes of food systems to encompass both contextualized and holistic treatments of the broad challenge of food security in Asian countries.


The themes of the workshop were (1) global and local analyses of food security, (2) enabling policies for local and global food security, (3) sustainable intensification of food production systems, (4) urbanization, food value chains and food security, (5) technological breakthroughs to help feed 9 billion world people, (6) impact of climatic changes and possible strategies to deal with the same, (7) competing demands and tradeoffs for land and water resource, (8) the agriculture-nutrition-health nexus, (9) reducing loss and waste, (10)  business-science cooperation to advance food security.


In total 19 lectures were presented, of which 12 were from international speakers and 7 were from Turkey. The international speakers were from 9 countries, Bangladesh, Korea, Iran, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Georgia, Philippines and Senegal.

For more information, please find attached the workshop report and program.


AASSA, The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia
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