CSH Workshop: “Mineral resources and food security”

Apr 26, 2023 | 10:0017:00

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Food security for the entire planet hinges on the supply and efficient use of mineral resources, efficient food production, as well as on resilient supply chains. This is associated with a long list of inter-related research questions: Where and how are mineral resources mined that can be used as fertilizers? What are the supply-chains and production processes for the supply of fertilizer? How can we reduce our dependence on fertilizers and mitigate negative effects on the environment? How can we ensure the production of food, given changing demands as well as environmental, economic and political risks? How can we model the flows of resources and goods that are necessary for increasing food security? This workshops will be a starting point to connect researcher from different disciplines, to share their viewpoints, and to enable collaboration.






10:15 – Welcome and Introduction




10:15 – 11:45 – Session 1


M. Bruckner (ETH): Global phosphorus flows in the food system


C. Diem (CSH): Propagation of disruptions in supply networks of essential goods


P. Klimek (CSH/ASCII): Global food trade & production





13:45 – 15:00 – Session 2


M. Obersteiner (Oxford): Science-based target setting for phosphorus


R. Scholz (UWK): What results might emerge from the phosphorus scarcity fallacy?


E. de Schutter (WU): A project on soil improvement from organic waste





15:30 – 17:00 – Session 3


A. El Houari (GPI): Phosphates, from mine to fertilizer: the complexity of the value chain


A. Shchiptsova (IIASA): Phosphate Fertilizer Industry Consolidation and International Trade in Phosphorus


L. Hermann (Proman): How can Europe develop its (N+P) fertilizer production to a resilient supply chain?









Matthias Raddant, CSH / University of Continuing Education, Krems


Peter Klimek, CSH / MUW


Gerald Steiner, CSH External Faculty  / University of Continuing Education, Krems


Apr 26, 2023


Matthias Raddant
Peter Klimek
Gerald Steiner


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