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Third Thematic Seminar

Monday, 4 April 2022

April 4, 2022 the third Thematic Seminar was held. Here, Hubert Fonteijn gave a talk about Assessing the resilience of food systems: from a conceptual framework to agent-based modelling. 

If you want to (re)watch the seminar, a recording can be downloaded below. Besides this, a short overview of the talk can be found below. 

Assessing the resilience of food systems: from a conceptual framework to agent-based modelling by Hubert Fonteijn

Climate change, rising populations and global inequality will more and more challenge the resilience of food systems around the world. Here, we present two elements to increase our understanding of what contributes to food systems resilience and how policy interventions impact resilience. First, we will present the ABCD framework, targeted at policy makers, that breaks down food systems resilience into 4 contributing mechanisms: Agency, Buffering, Connectivity and Diversity. We will discuss ongoing work that leverages this framework to assist policy evaluations with respect to food systems resilience. Second, we will describe DARTS, an Agent-based model with which we investigate the resilience of artificial food systems during extreme events. We present a series of archetypical food system with different trade configurations (from relying to local production only to a fully integrated international market) and analyze how local and global shocks affect food security of groups within these food systems.

All individual seminars can be found in de 4TU RE calendar.