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Joachim von Braun

Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung

Braun is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from University of Göttingen, Germany. He joined ZEF as Professor and Director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change in December 2009. He was also Director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002. von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. 2002 to 2009. His research addresses international and development economics topics, incl. markets and trade; poverty; health and nutrition; agriculture, and science and technology. von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican and was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), he is member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; he is Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe”, Co-Chair of the International Advisory Committee on Bioeconomy, and he serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General; among awards received by von Braun are a honorary Doctoral degree from University of Hohenheim, and the Bertebos Prize of the Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research on food security, and the Justus von Liebig Prize for his research on international nutrition
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Climate Change Risks for Agriculture, Health, and Nutrition

The stability of global, national, and local food systems is at risk under climate change. Climate change affects food production, availability of and access to food, food quality, food safety, diet quality, and thus people’s nutrition and health. Climate change may further slow progress towards a world with food security for all. Climate change impacts will exacerbate food shortages, especially in areas that already show a high prevalence of food insecurity. Climate change will affect good nutrition through complex indirect pathways, such as income shocks when droughts or floods occur, loss of employment opportunities, health effects resulting from air pollution and changed water systems. A conceptual framework for a food systems analysis is presented here, and the linkages within the system and expected changes among them are elaborated—some on a global scale and some on a micro scale. Policy actions are proposed and research gaps are identified.

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Social Change and Policies driving the transformation of consumption in the Food Systems
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