View the speaker lineup for Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems
The ILSI Research Foundation has one overall purpose: to advance science to address real world problems. This aim has been the driving force since the beginning 32 years ago and the Foundation is more alive than ever. This month, discover the work we are doing for public benefit.
ILSI Research Foundation Hires a New Scientific Program Manager
Learn how Dr. John Teem's experience with genetic biocontrols will contribute to the Research Foundation's growing scientific portfolio.
Keynote Speaker Announced for Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems on January 23, 2017
Dr. David Tschirley, Michigan State University
Urbanization, Food Systems and the Diet Transformation in Developing Countries: What do we know, and what do we need to know?
We have an unprecedented global challenge - to feed a growing population and one that is increasingly living in urban areas. It’s estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities and much of this urban growth will take place in developing countries. Food systems are transforming to meet demand in geographically dispersed towns, small and medium cities, as well as in mega cities (> 10 million people) which numbered 10 in 1990, 28 in 2014, and may be 41 by 2030. Diets in poor, urban areas are changing as women enter the work force and seek out time and labor saving food options. A growing and affluent middle class in Asia, Latin America and Africa is also driving significant changes in preferred foods, with increasing consumption of perishable foods like meat, dairy and fresh fruit and vegetables.
These and other drivers of food choice in low and middle income countries will be explored in the ILSI Research Foundation Scientific Session on January 23, 2017, with presentations from experts who will share their research and perspectives on how we may address this global revolution in food systems.