In recent years food security has been defined as a non-traditional security challenge due to violent food riots and the socio-economic impacts of insufficient food supply. The established food security research focuses strongly on the agricultural dimension and experiences a shortfall of these current developments. Also linkages across continents in examining the regional implications are weak. Relevant case studies of selected countries on the role of governments and non-state actors will thus be elaborated as well as analyses of the impact that policies in the EU may have on Asia and vice versa.
The first activity of this cluster was a brainstorming session between policymakers and researchers from Europe and Asia in Brussels, Belgium on Mach 22, 2012. This created a level-playing field as food security has a different meaning for Europe and for Asia and there are different perspectives. This was also a first opportunity to discuss the needs, issues and concerns of both target groups.
After this brainstorming activity, an 8-month research period started which aims to produce a series of papers which will be accessible on this website. During the research period policymakers and researchers will regularly touch base which will ensure that new developments will be taken on board.
After the research and elaboration period, three conferences will take place in both regions. These conferences will unite policymakers and researchers for the presentation of the policy recommendations. Furthermore, they will provide a forum to discuss common approaches and measures the two continents could take in this domain.
The results of the research period including policy recommendations will also be made available in form of a paper publication in the course of the second project year.
Decentralized briefings will be initiated and continue until the middle of the third project year. Implemented again by the project partners as well as the research institutions that have participated in the research, they will build further contact points and linkages between the two target groups.