CISS Food Security in Asia Project

Food Security

In 2010 the Centre for International Security Studies secured funding from The MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative (ASI) for a two-year project on Food Security in Asia. The project (2011-2012), examines how political, economic, demographic and environmental pressures will impact food supply and demand in the region over the next few decades and assess the consequences for regional stability. It aims to illuminate the poorly understood and inadequately researched nexus between underlying issues shaping the dynamics of food demand and supply on the one hand, and political instability and human insecurity on the other.

LATEST NEWS

11th March 2013
The project team officially launched ‘Food Security in Asia – A Report for Policymakers’ at a public event at the University today, with an introduction by the Centre’s new Director and Michael Hintze Chair of International Security Studies, Professor James Der Derian. Project team members discussed the outcomes of their research and reported on key findings and recommendations in advance of the team’s presentation of the report to the Macarthur Foundation later this month.

To read the report click here.

27th July 2012
PhD candidate and project team member Ben Shepherd has published a field report of his research in Cambodia with Georgetown University's Center for International and Regional Studies in Doha, Qatar.


12th June 2012
PhD candidate and project team member Ben Shepherd has had a peer reviewed article published in Security Dialogue. The article, 'Thinking critically about food security', examines the tension between food security as strategic practice and as the human insecurity of hunger. It makes the case that hunger is a security matter that warrants greater attention from security scholars, but identifies some limitations with state-centric and human security approaches.

Read the article here


25th May 2012
Project Leader Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta and PhD candidates Chris Baker and Ben Shepherd have contributed to the Future Directions International's Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme report, 'International Conflict Triggers and Potential Conflict Points Resulting from Food and Water Insecurity'. To read the report, click here.


30th April 2012
Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta has discussed the challenges to food security in Asia on ABC Radio Australia.

To listen to the podcast click here.


26th April 2012
CISS PhD candidate Chris Baker has been interviewed regarding the hydro-electric dam construction on the Mekong River on ABC Radio Australia, and has warned that the dam will cause human security problems in the future.

To listen to the podcast click here.


19th April 2012
PhD candidate and project team member Chris Baker has published a working paper with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, based at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Titled 'Dams, power and security in the Mekong: a non-traditional security assessment of hydro-development in the Mekong river basin', the paper analyses the ramifications of the current ‘hydropower gold-rush’ on and around the Mekong. By specifically examining the non-traditional security concerns of food and water security and how these threaten to drive human insecurity, migration and instability within the region, the paper challenges the dominant development and economic mindset that continues to encourage development at the cost of livelihoods.

To read the paper, click here.


13th April 2012
CISS PhD candidate Ben Shepherd has published an article in The Conversation on food security. Titled 'Sustainable food supply chains: what we can learn from Greece and Ethiopia', Ben makes a case for the importance of direct relationships between farmers and consumers. To read Ben's article click here.


22nd September 2011
Project Leader Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Adjunct Professor Colin Richardson and PhD candidate Ben Shepherd took part in the Future Directions International's Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme roundtable and contributed to the report. To read the workshop report, 'Global Food Demand and Supply to 2050', click here.


21st September 2011
CISS PhD candidate Ben Shepherd has had an article published by The Conversation on food security. Titled 'Food security should be about feeding the hungry, not making a profit', Ben argues that food security needs to be understood in a broader context than simply as an economic problem. To read Ben's article click here.

Ben was also recently interviewed by the ABC for The World Today program. To listen and read a transcript click here.

Ben is currently on fieldwork in Ethiopia and is part of the CISS Food Security in Asia project team.

The Link newspaper

29th August 2011
CISS PhD candidate and member of the Food Security project, Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom, has attracted news coverage of his recent 6 month fieldwork conducted in Kenya.

While in Kenya Tim wrote a feature article for a national development newspaper, The Link, on Dominion Farms in Lake Victoria in West Kenya.

The University of Sydney is also featuring Tim's experience in its news sections here.

17th August 2011
Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta has commented on the impact of the high cost of food on ABC Radio's PM program. To read a transcript or listen to the podcast click here.

25th July 2011
Leader of the CISS Food Security project, Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, has spoken to The West Australian in regards to the global disparity in food consumption. Along with PhD candidate Chris Baker, Dr Barthwal-Datta will shortly be presenting a poster at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Issues (Asia) inaugural conference on food security in Singapore.

7th July 2011
CISS PhD candidate and member of the Food Security project team, Chris Baker has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, based at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

The fellowship provides support for scholars in Asia to work on a wide range of non-traditional security issues in the region. Only 3 fellowships are awarded each year. In 2010 PhD candidate Ben Shepherd was awarded the fellowship and conducted fieldwork in the Philippines as a result.

Chris works on food security, climate change and migration issues with a particular focus on the Mekong in Laos. The fellowship will support his research and fieldwork to the region later in the year. To read more about Chris' research click here.

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Monika Barthwal-Datta (CISS), Nigel Inkster (IISS), Alan Dupont (CISS) & Nicholas Redman (IISS)

24th June 2011
On June 6th the project team held the 'Food Security in Asia' workshop in Singapore, co-hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

The CISS-IISS workshop brought together key stakeholders in the region including policy-makers, analysts, academics and representatives from international institutions, NGOs, governments and private sector organisations. Presentations at the workshop and subsequent discussions focused on identifying and exploring in detail the most pressing food security concerns in Asia. Participants also discussed gaps in research and what policymakers require in order to better understand and deal with these challenges at the national and regional levels.

The workshop’s conclusions will help shape the ongoing research on Food Security at CISS. The event has also laid the foundations for a high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research network on Food Security, led by CISS. The growing network is a rich resource for academics and analysts, providing them with a range of avenues to explore for future collaborations on research and analysis in the area of Food security and related issues.


22nd June 2011
PhD candidate and project team member Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom has had a peer reviewed article published in Journal of Human Security. The article, 'A Human Approach to Food Security: Land Grabs in the Limelight', examines the human dimension of food and focusses on how the limited quantity of agricultural land and its uneven geographical distribution has instigated a contemporary race for the world’s farmland. It uses a critical and realistic perspective to discuss the human security implicationsof so-called ‘land grabs’ and argues that investment in agricultural land should be based upon clear ethical norms aimed at emancipation and a reciprocity of rights.

Read the article here.


16th June 2011
PhD candidate and project team member Ben Shepherd has had a research paper released by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. The paper, Redefining Food Security in the Face of Foreign Land Investors: The Philippine Case, examines food security from a human security perspective rather than simply an economic challenge using The Phillipines as a case study. Ben is currently in Cambodia conducting further fieldwork.

1st June 2011
CISS post-doctoral fellow Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta has spoken with the BBC on World News Today. Dr Barthwal-Datta, the leader of the CISS Food Security in Asiaproject, spoke in relation to a recently released Oxfam report indicating that food prices will double by 2030.

May 2011
The project leaders, Professor Alan Dupont and Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta will be travelling to Singapore at the beginning of June for a high-level workshop co-hosted by CISS and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia with key stakeholders in the region. These include policy makers, representatives from international institutions, private organisations and other academics. The workshop is a unique opportunity for stakeholders to come together and identify the most pressing food security concerns in Asia and what governments and other relevant actors require in order to be able to deal with these challenges adequately. It will help to build a regional network for food security with the aim of further collaboration.

PROJECT TEAM

The project team is a collaboration of key academics, postdoctoral and doctoral candidates and professional staff located at the Centre for International Security Studies.

Project Sponsor Professor Alan Dupont
Project Leader Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta
Project Manager Gemma Connolly
Project Team Professor Peter Curson
  Adjunct Professor Colin Richardson
  Ben Shepherd
  Chris Baker
  Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom
  William Zhao