On 25 October 2021 CIHEAM Montpellier received Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr, Professor of Global Development at Cornell University.
Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr is one of the authors of the report on "Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition" published in 2019 by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. Moreover, she coordinates the chapter of the next IPCC report on the impacts of climate change on food systems and their adaptation.
She recently participated in the Montpellier Global Days, within the framework of the Africa-France summit which was held in Montpellier at the beginning of October.
In her research, she promotes holistic approaches, combining natural and social sciences, in the study of food systems. The exchanges she had with some lecturers-researchers from the Institute (Hatem Bellouchette, Mélanie Requier-Desjardins, Georgios Kleftodimos, Omar Bessaoud, and part of the management team, Elen Lemaitre-Curri and Thierry Dupeuble) have focused on the multidimensional evaluation of agroecological approaches, participatory research and training of producers by their peers.
CIHEAM Montpellier hopes that this meeting will open up prospects for collaboration on these themes of common interest.