Journal Article

Research priorities for global food security under extreme events

One Earth, 5, 756–766 Download PDF

Extreme events, such as those caused by climate change, economic or geopolitical shocks, and pest or disease epidemics, threaten global food security. The complexity of causation, as well as the myriad ways that an event, or a sequence of events, creates cascading and systemic impacts, poses significant challenges to food systems research and policy alike. To identify priority food security risks and research opportunities, we asked experts from a range of fields and geographies to describe key threats to global food security over the next two decades and to suggest key research questions and gaps on this topic. Here, we present a prioritization of threats to global food security from extreme events, as well as emerging research questions that highlight the conceptual and practical challenges that exist in designing, adopting, and governing resilient food systems. We hope that these findings help in directing research funding and resources toward food system transformations needed to help society tackle major food system risks and food insecurity under extreme events.


Zia Mehrabi
Ruth Delzeit - Kiel Institute
Ruth Delzeit
Adriana Ignaciuk
Christian Levers
Ginni Braich
Kushank Bajaj
Araba Amo-Aidoo
Weston Anderson
Roland A. Balgah
Tim G. Benton
Martin M. Chari
Erle C. Ellis
Narcisse Z. Gahi
Franziska Gaupp
Lucas A. Garibaldi
James S. Gerber
Cecile M. Godde
Ingo Grass
Mark Hirons
Gerrit Hoogenboom
Meha Jain
Dana James
David Makowski
Blessing Masamha
Sisi Meng
Sathaporn Monprapussorn
Daniel Müller
Andrew Nelson
Nathaniel K. Newlands
Frederik Noack
MaryLucy Oronje
Colin Raymond
Markus Reichstein
Loren H. Rieseberg
Jose M. Rodriguez-Llanes
Todd Rosenstock
Pedram Rowhani
Ali Sarhadi
Ralf Seppelt
Balsher S. Sidhu
Sieglinde Snapp
Tammara Soma
Adam H. Sparks
Louise Teh
Michelle Tigchelaar
Martha M. Vogel
Paul C. West
Hannah Wittman
Liangzhi You


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