The lecture by Tom Carlowitz from TU Dresden will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna in Room 201.
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Food insecurity remains a severe and ongoing problem in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017, there were 124 million people worldwide facing an acute crises level. Managing humanitarian response during food crises adequately is challenging because of a lack of up-to-date and country-wide data. In this study, I make use of the rapid growth of social media in Africa, which can fill this gap of sufficient data. More precisely, I show that analyzing large-scale Twitter data can estimate consequences of rising food prices and locate affected regions. I will present full results for Nigeria and preliminary results for further African countries.
Tom Carlowitz is currently pursuing a B.Sc. in Economics at Dresden University of Technology. Throughout his studies, he completed additional courses in theoretical physics and computational social science. Tom is an organizer of the YSI Complexity Economics Working Group of the Institute of New Economic Thinking. At the Complexity Science Hub, he works under the supervision of Dr. David Garcia.