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Human Dimensions of Climate Change Conference : The Politics of Food and Water Security in Africa

September 18, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - September 20, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

| £50

Immediately following this year’s Annual C3W Conference, in Swansea, the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies are hosting the C3W Human Dimensions of Climate Change Conference, in Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics.



The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI) is delighted to announce a major international conference on this critical topic. It will take place in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (UK).  Attendance is limited so please confirm your place early. A booking form is available here . Please complete and return with payment to Dr Grant Dawson (  The conference fee (£30 for students; £50 for all others) includes: a buffet dinner (Wednesday); a tour of crop science research facilities with lunch and tea (Thursday); a four-course conference dinner (Thursday); and teas, coffees etc.  The conference will begin at 4:30pm on Wednesday 18 September and finish by 1pm on Friday 20 September.

The conference is intended to be a landmark event on the topic.  As can be seen from the provisional programme (below), it includes internationally renowned experts from the worlds of public policy, international organisations, and academia. It will be an outstanding opportunity to discuss and debate these crucial issues, and meet experts from a variety of fields, including international relations, food and water research, law, the natural sciences, geography, development studies, and diplomacy.  The conference will address the multiple levels of food and water insecurity in Africa – global, international, national, and local – in relation to the uncertainties created by climate change and the demands of politics.

The conference is supported by the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), and Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Department of International Politics, and the DDMI.

Draft Programme

Wednesday 18 September

4.00-4.30pm: Arrival and registration. Tea/coffee.

4.30-5.30: Welcome

–      Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President of Aberystwyth University

–      Ken Booth, DDMI and Aberystwyth University

5.30-7.00pm: Panel I: Questions of security

–      Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg

–      Engobo Emeseh, Aberystwyth University

–      Maxi Schoeman, University of Pretoria

7.00-8.30pm: Buffet in Medrus.

8.30-10.00pm:  Plenary address

–      Jean Ping, Former President of the African Union

–      Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President of Aberystwyth University: ‘Response’


Thursday 19 September

9.00-10.30am: Panel II: Water security

–      Inga Jacobs, Water Research Commission

–      Muna Mirghani, WATER Transboundary Resource & Advisory Center

–      Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo

10.30-11.00am: coffee/tea

11.00-11.30am: Address: Alun Davies AM, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Welsh Assembly Government

11.30-12.30pm:  Africa, the UN, and the world

–      Lord Mark Malloch Brown [skype QandA from New York]

12.45- 3.45pm: Research in agriculture

–      Lunch and tour of IBERS

–      Wayne Powell, Aberystwyth University

4.15-6.00pm: Panel III: Agriculture and rural development

–      Fantu Cheru, American University

–      Boaz Blackie Keizire, African Union

–      Joseph Yaro, University of Ghana

7.30pm: Drinks reception and conference dinner – Medrus.

–      Myles Wickstead, Commission for Africa: after-dinner address

Friday 20 September

9.00-10.30am: Panel IV: Research agendas in food and water security

–      Eric Danquah, University of Ghana

–      Carl Death, University of Manchester

–      Anne-Marie Izac, CGIAR

10.30-10.45am: coffee/tea

10.45-11.45: The future of food and water security

–      Sir Gordon Conway, Imperial College London

11.45-12.30pm: Concluding discussion

Taxis will be provided for those wanting to get to the station for the 1.30 train to Birmingham, London etc.


A booking form for the conference is available here .



September 18, 2013 @ 4:30 pm
September 20, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
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Department of International Politics
Penglais, Aberystwyth University
Aberytswyth, Ceredigion SY23 3FE United Kingdom
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Ken Booth, Carl Death, Sir Emyr Jones Parry