On October 26th, FAFS hosted Dr. Gregory Sixt, Director for Food and Climate Systems Transformation – FACT Alliance and Research Manager of Food and Climate Systems at the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sixt has extensive consulting experience in the areas of agricultural innovation systems, climate change adaptation in agriculture and water management, water-energy and food-water-energy nexus governance, and foreign aid investment. He is a subject matter expert on agricultural knowledge and innovation systems, water governance, food systems transformation, and the climate-food systems nexus.
In his lecture, Dr. Sixt analyzed the current food trade dynamics in the GCC and the rest of West Asia and explored the projections of climate change impact on food production, demand, and trade for 2050. He presented a new index for assessing food security vulnerability due to climate change impacts using a methodology that links the Global Trade, Assistance, and Production (GTAP) Data Base with the International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) IMPACT modeling framework. Dr. Sixt also highlighted how food trade vulnerability was found to be limited to six main food commodity groups: Grains, Rice, Fruits and Vegetable, Oil Seeds, Meat and Milk, and Processed Foods.
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