Panel 5

Resilience and food systems

Thursday, 4th of february 2021
9.00 - 10.00

Food systems must provide sufficient, adequate and accessible food for all, in a sustainable way. They are increasingly exposed to drivers of change, ranging from sudden shocks to long-term stressors, such as natural disasters, pest outbreaks, economic and political crises, climate change, resource degradation, etc. Also, food systems are intrinsically complex: they comprise of many different processes, value chains, actors and interactions; and their outcomes affect multiple stakeholders and sectors in diverse and sometimes conflicting ways. This panel will investigate the application of resilience thinking within the field of food systems.

Jonas Jörin, Dr Joerin completed his BSc degree in Geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and his MA in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from the University of Manchester, UK. He obtained his PhD degree from Kyoto University, Japan, on a dissertation entitled Enhancing climate-related disaster resilience of urban communities in Chennai, India”.  Dr Jonas Joerin is the co-director of the Future Resilient Systems (FRS) programme since February 2019. He has been involved in research on resilient urban communities and food value chains as senior scientist in the Climate Policy group and Sustainable Agroecosystems group at ETH Zurich before joining FRS. With a background in environmental management and disaster risk management, he has worked on social and system challenges associated with climate risks. He has engaged and worked with partners from different disciplines (soil scientists, geologists, economists, sociologists) in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia and Switzerland.


William Thompson broad research interest is: how food systems can deliver food security and improved livelihoods to people, in the face of global environmental change, within socially and environmentally acceptable boundaries. His previous research experience with Imperial College London and the UN World Food Programme, in Tanzania, looked at how risk sharing in food value chains can allow smallholder farmers to make investments, in their production systems, that increase their resilience to climate related shocks. His current research looks to assess the resilience of organic and conventional food systems to climate related shocks and elicit strategies to enhance this resilience. The specific food systems that he is working in are; cocoa in Ghana and bananas in the Dominican Republic. The research will use a combination of approaches; transdisciplinary methods will be used to understand the risks faced and build measures against these, remote sensed data and crop modelling will be used to quantify historical shocks as well as test scenarios and on the ground surveys will be used to assess the response of value chain actors to such shocks. This research is part of a flagship project of the World Food System Centre and is funded by the Mercator Research Programme.


Anaïs Léger is a post-doc researcher at the Global Studies Institute ( GSI ) at the University of Geneva. Anaïs obtained her DVM degree in 2012 at the École Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort (France). In 2012, she also completed a degree in Animal Health and Epidemiology in Southern Countries at the French Centre for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) in Montpellier, France. From November 2015 to December 2018, Anaïs worked at SAFOSO (Bern, Switzerland) a consultancy company in veterinary public health, as a resident at the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH). She worked on several projects mainly targeting animal health and welfare, surveillance, One Health, animal health economics and antimicrobials. She completed her residency and is now a Diplomat from the ECVPH. In Mai 2018, she joined the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva as a post-doc researcher. She is mainly working on the AMResilience project, working on the resilience of One Health systems to antimicrobial resistance.