E²SHI Associate Director Discusses Climate Change and the Global Food System

In the spring 2016 issue of the Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine, E²SHI Associate Director, Cindy Parker, MD, discusses her research to better understand the consequences of climate change on the food system. With support from the Johns Hopkins Discovery Award to undertake the ambitious research study, her multidisciplinary team is going beyond the models currently available to include all aspects of the food system – transportation, climate, water, and other factors that can contribute to political instability, migration and violent conflicts. 

The team is looking at Ethiopia as a proof-of-concept location to test a downscaled version of the model prototype given the country’s experience with extreme weather and lack of resources that are already affecting its food system. Dr. Parker notes that “the multidisciplinary effort is absolutely needed in order to solve these big global environmental problems.”

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