Contribution of food tree species to a balanced human nutrition in rural areas of Fatick province, Senegal

Antoine Sambou is a PhD student at the Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, who is affiliated to the Section for Global Development at IFRO. Antoine Sambou’s background is in forestry and vegetation use and he has made a study in Senegal on tree diversity and food security.

In his presentation he will talk about the contribution of food tree species to a balanced human nutrition in rural areas of Fatick province, Senegal.The seminar is part of a row of seminars with the theme Food Insecurity.

The IFRO seminars 2015

Every second Wednesday (even week numbers) from March to May and September to December, IFRO will host a seminar covering topics spanning the research, pedagogic and institutional interests of the department. The aim of the seminar series is to establish a cross-section forum for discussing and exchanging ideas regarding IFRO as a place of research and education.

The IFRO seminar has three tracks:

A thematic track which brings together IFRO researchers from different sections around a common subject. In the spring of 2015 it will be ‘food security’. Other themes could be innovation, climate change, sustainability, regulation, infrastructure. There will be one theme per semester.

An internal affairs track which covers themes of didactics, institutional strategies, funding and project management. In the spring of 2015 this includes a seminar about the peer review process: ‘the life of an article’. Another seminar which we aim for is ‘project based supervision and teaching’.

An ad hoc track reserved for prominent guest speakers, as well as IFRO researchers presenting their work to get feedback.

All employees at IFRO are welcome to contact the IFRO seminar organizers if they have ideas for themes, presentations or invited speakers. You may contact:
Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Karin Beukel
Mikkel Bojesen
Annemette Nielsen

Theme: Food insecurity

This spring, over four seminars the theme of ‘food insecurity’ will be treated from different scientific angles reflecting ongoing research at IFRO and elsewhere. Food insecurity is broadly defined as limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. Hence researching the topic of food insecurity invites different scientific disciplines grounded in both natural sciences, social science and the humanities.

The four researchers presenting their work at the IFRO seminar represent the plurality of approaches in terms of empirical focus, theoretical framing and use of methodological and analytical tools.

March 4th: Annemette Nielsen, Associate professor at the Section for Consumption, Bioethics and Governance will present a sociological approach to the research in food insecurity. She will present the background and some of the quantitative and qualitative findings from an ongoing research project Food in Turbulent Times, which aims at describing and measuring how Danes cope with situations of restrained food budgets.

April 15th: Antoine Sambou is a PhD student at the Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, who is affiliated to the Section for Global Development at IFRO. Antoine Sambou’s background is in forestry and vegetation use and he has made a study in Senegal on tree diversity and food security. In his presentation he will talk about the contribution of food tree species to a balanced human nutrition in rural areas of Fatick province, Senegal.

May 13th: Sinne Smed, Associate Professor, at the Section for Environment and Natural Resources will present an econometric approach to food insecurity. Empirically, her presentation will be based on Danish purchase data couple with register data from statistics Denmark. She will present the idea behind and some of the empirical results from an ongoing research project Food in Turbulent Times, which aims at describing and measuring how Danes cope with situations of restrained food budgets.

May 27th: Neil Webster Senior researcher from DIIS, Danish Institute for International Studies will visit and give a presentation on local government and social protection – using food security as case.

We hope that the theme will provide IFRO seminar participants with a general understanding of the research topic of food insecurity, and inform them on the present contribution of IFRO to this field of research. Further the theme will provide and be an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and knowledge.

The seminars take place from 12 - 13 at B.S. Jørgensen. The seminars are open, and do not require registration.