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GSSIAgora: Rebooting Food, can we find better ways to feed the world?

  • Date November 15, 2018
  • Hour 6 pm
  • Room GSSI Auditorium
  • Speaker Thin Lei Win (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Area All Areas

ABSTRACT 

One in nine people are going hungry every night. Yet one in eight adults are obese too. And one in three women of reproductive age are anaemic, while more than one in five children are stunted as a result of hunger, which could have life-long physical and mental repercussions. All of these eye-popping numbers are related to the way we produce, access and consume our food. How do we reboot the food system so we can produce healthy, nutritious food, meet global goals on climate change, and end hunger and malnutrition, before it becomes one of the biggest threats to human health and national security?Can gene-editing of crops, lab-grown meats, nuclear technology, sensors on drones and tractors, plant-based coatings and wild relatives of domesticated crops help?

Thin Lei Win, Rome-based food security correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, will share her research and reporting on this topic.

Biographical sketch: Thin Lei Win was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar's former capital, before leaving the country for further education, one of the hundreds of thousands of young students who left in the late 1990s due to bouts of closures of schools and universities by the junta. Thin studied in Singapore and the United Kingdom, and caught the journalism bug early on, much to the initial consternation of her parents and relatives, who were aware of the Myanmar junta's hostility towards journalists. She now has more than 10 years experience as a journalist, including as a correspondent with the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF), the non-profit arm of the Reuters news agency, where she has worked since 2008. In 2015, she returned home to establish and lead Myanmar Now, an award-winning bilingual news agency supported by TRF. She is also the co-founder of The Kite Tales (https://kite-tales.org/en), a website dedicated to chronicling the lives, histories and memories of ordinary people across Myanmar. In 2017 she returned to TRF to work as a food security correspondent.