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Vice President International Affairs and Diversity (VP3)

World Politics on Campus: Global food crisis.

World Politics on Campus


Thursday, 06 October 2022


17:00 - 18:15

Online event

The event takes place online as part of the Digital International General Studies (DISG). Please click on the "event link" button to join the event.

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Global food crisis. Why and what to do?

Online talk and discussion with Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Executive Director at Global Crop Diversity Trust about 'Global food crisis. Why and what to do?'

The "Western" model of policy, governance and economy is increasingly being challenged. With China, a new power is rising. Alternative models to the Western democracy claim to deal more effectively with new developments and mega-trends. Climate change and pollution require drastic and immediate measures. Populations in privileged countries fear global migration. The fairness of the distribution of income and wealth in the world is questioned. Populist political figures are gaining ground, and multi-lateral institutions are being discredited.

Over the last decades, globalization has impacted the entire world. Many industries profited from globalization, and companies of all sizes have become extremely active on the international stage. Globalization has created growth, jobs and financial strength, and has allowed us to invest in future technologies. Even though it is unimaginable to significantly scale back the degree of globalization, the world is struggling to find solutions for its detrimental effects.

The lecture series World Politics on Campus – Welcoming the World at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg provides insights into the challenges lying ahead of us. It attempts to shed light on the issues from more than one standpoint. We invite outstanding and distinguished international personalities, experts and decision-makers who are able to introduce the audience to the views of the nations and cultures they represent. Participants will be able to engage in conversation, ask questions and enter discussion.

Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Crop Trust

The war in Ukraine has highlighted the vulnerability of our global food system. The war reveals how much the food security of a growing world population is threatened. In addition to strengthening urgently needed emergency food aid, the deeper structural causes of the food crisis must be addressed. For example, among the many approaches needed to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of the food system are greater diversification of food markets and greater conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity.

Dr. Stefan Schmitz is the Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) based in Bonn. Prior to joining the Crop Trust in 2020, he was Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), coordinated by the World Bank, and spent 20 years at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in various capacities, most recently as Deputy Director-General for food, agriculture and rural resources. He studied geography and mathematics in Bonn and St. Andrews and received a PhD in applied geography from the Free University of Berlin.

World Politics on Campus

"World Politics on Campus - Welcoming the world at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences" is a series of lectures that intends to offer students and the audience to engage in conversation with outstanding and distinguished international and national personalities and decision-makers on current political and international issues. The lecture series is an offer of the Digital International General Studies (DISG).