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UCD In Conversation: Why is Ending Hunger so Difficult?
The risks of food insecurity have increased exponentially in the wake of a global pandemic. More than enough food is produced to feed the global population—but millions of people still go hungry. After steadily declining for a decade, world hunger is now on the rise again. Why do people still go hungry when we have “enough” food? Why is so much food wasted? What are the challenges of enabling productivity and profitability through sustainable systems of food production?

Join our expert panellists Professor Dolores O'Riordan, Director, UCD Institute of Food & Health, and UCD VP for Global Engagement, Dr Aifric O Sullivan, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator in the UCD Institute of Food and Health & Professor Jim Kinsella, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science to hear about progress being made on Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger both in Ireland and further afield,

In November 2019, UCD adopted UCD’s Strategy 2020-2024 ‘Rising to the Future’ within which the first of four strategic themes is ‘Creating a Global Sustainable Society’. As with all four strategic themes, this theme will operate and challenge the University community across all university activities, including research, education, operations and engagement.

Hosted on Zoom, these lively, virtual discussions focus on critical global challenges and offer insights for uncertain times. UCD alumni are invited to tune in from home and submit questions for a Q&A session at the end of each interview. Our community of nearly 300,000 alumni is more connected than ever and there is no better time for us to rise to the future and inspire transformational change.

UCD alumni are invited to tune in from home and submit questions for a Q&A session at the end of each interview. Our community of nearly 300,000 alumni is more connected than ever and there is no better time for us to rise to the future and inspire transformational change.

Jan 27, 2022 01:00 PM in Dublin

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Professor Dolores O'Riordan
Director, Institute of Food & Health @UCD
Dolores O'Riordan completed a PhD in Protein Chemistry. She had 6 years of international industrial research and development experience in the area of food ingredients, as an employee of Kerry Ingredients, Plc. She joined the Food Science team at UCD in 1995. Since then she has secured substantial funding from competitively won grants to conduct research in the area of food ingredients. Her expertise in the areas of physical and chemical analysis of foods and food formulation technology underpins her research. Her current research focuses on enhancing the functionality and health benefits of food ingredients with a focus on food structure and digestibility. She is the Director of UCD's Institute of Food and Health. She is also UCD's Vice-President for Global Engagement.
Professor Jim Kinsella
Professor School of Agriculture & Food Science @UCD
Jim Kinsella began his career as a volunteer worker with an international NGO where he worked as a humanitarian worker in Ethiopia and Somalia and as an agricultural development worker in Tanzania and Kenya. On returning to Ireland in the early 1990s he joined University College Dublin in 1995. He lectures on: sustainable agriculture and rural development; communications; agricultural extension; social farming and strategies for development. He took a sabbatical in 2001-3 and worked as Development Specialist with Irish Aid in Zambia where he was responsible for supporting programmes in health, HIV/AIDS, water, sanitation and agriculture. He has a long association with the establishment, coordination and delivery of taught masters' programmes including: the MAgrSc Programme in Rural Development and MAgrSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development. He lives with his family on a drystock farm in south Kilkenny and is actively involved in his local community.
Dr Aifric O'Sullivan
Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for International Programmes @UCD
Dr Aifric O’Sullivan is an Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for International Programmes in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, and PI in the UCD Institute of Food and Health. Aifric teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and leads a team of researchers that includes PhD students. She is the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the UCD Childhood and Human Development Research Centre, a member of the UCD Volunteers Overseas Board of Directors, the Royal Irish Academy representative on the IAP/EASAC Working Group on Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture, on the Editorial Board for three Nutrition Journals and a member of the Metabolomics Society and the Nutrition Society (UK).