Eric Dompreh conducted data collection in oil palm and cocoa producing areas of Ghana. In particular, he collected approximately 1000 household surveys and conducted several focus group discussions with certified and uncertified cocoa and oil palm farmers, and food crop farmers to understand the impacts of certification on land use change, livelihood shifts and social conflicts among others. The study sites were located in the Central and Eastern regions, and included certified cocoa farmers associated with the Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute (central region) and certified oil palm farmers associated with Serendipalm Company Limited (eastern region). The collected data contribute to our ongoing project on the political ecology of certification in oil palm and cocoa value chains funded by the Asahi Glass Foundation.
Alexandros Gasparatos coordinated a special session during the first day of the 8th International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS2022). The special session focused on how biodiversity can provide solutions for sustainable food systems. This included presentations on the broad interface of biodiversity and food systems, as well as thematic presentations focusing on specific solutions related to seed agro-diversity, neglected and underutilized plants, wild food, and aquaculture.
ICSS2022 was organised by the the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Chinese Academic of Sciences and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD). For more details, please refer to the website of the event: https://science4biodiversity.org/
Melvis and Abhishek received their MSc degrees at UNU-IAS. Congratulations!!!
Alex participated as a panelist in the 2021 SDGs Symposium organised jointly between the University of Tokyo and Springer-Nature. The symposium brought together Japanese academics to discuss interdisciplinary science solutions for the SDGs on food, water, climate and ecosystems. The event was broadcasted online and attracted more than 500 participants from all over the world.
More information about the event and the reflections of presenters can be find in the link below.