ILSI Research Foundation Scientific Session 2017
Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems
Dr. David Tschirley, Michigan State University
Urbanization, Food Systems and the Diet Transformation in Developing Countries: What do we know, and what do we need to know?
On January 23, 2017, the ILSI Research Foundation organized a scientific session entitled Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food System. The session explored drivers of food choice in low and middle income countries, with presentations from experts who shared their research and perspectives on how we may address this global revolution in food systems.
Dr. David Tschirley, Michigan State University, presented the keynote on Urbanization, Food Systems and the Diet Transformation in Developing Countries: What do we know, and what do we need to know?
Research over the past several years has begun to document a rapidly unfolding diet transformation across developing Africa and Asia, driven by income growth and urbanization. Beyond the broad patterns of this transformation, the most notable finding is that the transformation is not limited to middle class and higher households in urban areas - these patterns are seen in rural areas as well as urban, and among low income households as well as those higher in the income distribution. This finding suggests that enormous pressures of change are being felt now in agrifood systems as they attempt to respond to this rapidly rising and changing demand for food. The presentation will review what is known about the process of change, and what needs to be known in order for governments and donors to develop effective policy and programmatic responses to this diet transformation. The talk will focus especially on the “hidden middle” of the systems – the processing, logistics, and wholesaling operations that tend to be overlooked by both researchers and policy makers but whose performance is central to the effects of the transformation on local populations.
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