In the Wake of a Changing Climate: Securing our Food for Tomorrow

Date: 15 September 2021, Wednesday
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Speakers: Prof. David Lobell, Prof. Harini Nagendra, Dr. Stéphane Hallegatte
Moderator: Prof. Koh Lian Pin

There is a significant disparity in food security across the Asia-Pacific region. Climate change and COVID-19 have exacerbated the region's food insecurity, with natural disasters, flooding, and lockdowns putting supply chains and food supplies at risk.

In the final webinar of our series, panellists will explore the food dimension of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus to explain its challenges across the region and how it is interlinked with the other dimensions. It will also wrap up the series by emphasising the pertinence of the WEF nexus in addressing various complex issues in the region.

About the panelists

Prof. David Lobell | Gloria and Richard Kushel Director, Centre on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University
Prof. Lobell's research focuses on agriculture and food security, specifically on generating and using unique datasets to study rural areas throughout the world. He received a Macarthur Fellowship in 2013 and the Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2010. He served as lead author for the food chapter and core writing team member for the Summary for Policymakers of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.

Prof. Harini Nagendra | Director, Research Centre, Azim Premji University
Prof. Nagendra leads Azim Premji University's Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability. Over the past 25 years, she has been at the leading edge of research examining conservation in forests and cities of South Asia from the perspective of landscape ecology and social justice. She has published multiple books and over 150 research publications in Nature, Nature Sustainability, and Science.

Dr. Stéphane Hallegatte | Lead Economist, Climate Change Group, The World Bank
Dr. Hallegatte joined the World Bank in 2012 after 10 years of academic research. His research interests include the economics of natural disasters and risk management, climate change adaptation, urban policy and economics, climate change mitigation, and green growth. He was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. and has published multiple articles and books.

Prof. Koh Lian Pin [Moderator] | Director, Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, NUS
Prof. Koh brings 16 years of international research experience in the field of sustainability and environmental science. In 2020, he returned to Singapore under the National Research Foundation’s Returning Singaporean Scientists scheme to join NUS. He is one of the most highly cited conservation scientists in Asia, a TED-Global speaker, Founding Director of, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is also a nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.

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