Summer School "Geography of Hunger in a Multi-Crisis World" 

Hunger is the most dramatic manifestation of the socio- economic, governance, and environmental challenges facing humanity today. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN, 2015) identified a set of measurable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the ambitious aim to eradicate hunger by 2030.

The seminar will analyze the complex issue of the current geography of hunger in a multi-crisis world. Two learning outcomes are pursued:

  1. Understand the causes behind the persistence of hunger in the 21st century.
  2. Familiarize with the main international cooperation initiatives aimed at solving this issue within the framework of the second Sustainable Development Goal of "Zero Hunger" (SDG-2).

The program includes 10 academic lectures to be held over five days. Three lectures will be delivered in English and grouped on the same day. The remaining lectures will be in Spanish. Additionally, a panel discussion on international cooperation for the development of sustainable food systems will be organized. The movie "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" will be screened, followed by a lecture on the multifactorial nature of famines and a group dynamic and debate.

For further information to the course and registration see here.

Target Audience: The course is aimed at all those interested in understanding the global challenges of building sustainable food systems. Particularly, the seminar will be informative for international cooperation professionals seeking to delve into the latest academic research on the issue of hunger, as well as university students aspiring to work in the field of hunger alleviation. The sessions will be held in Spanish with exception of Wednesday and Thursday, where there will be a couple of sessions in English Language.

Call for Scholarship: The Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UPC) has opened the call for scholarships for students until April 26, which cover both the course registration and accommodation in Santander (flight not included). For further information see here.

Organizers: University of Cantabria, Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS, University of Bonn), Spanish Network for Development Studies (REEDES)

Sponsorship: BBVA Foundation and AECID

Date and place: 26.08. - 30.08.2024 in Santander

In cooperation with:

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MONDAY, August 26, 2024


Inauguration. 10:00 am – 11:30 am

  • Representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
  • Representative from the BBVA Foundation
  • Representative from UIMP
  • Sergio Tezanos Vázquez, University of Cantabria. Course Director

Session 2. 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Why Do Famines Continue in the 21st Century? (Sergio Tezanos Vázquez, University of Cantabria)


Session 3. 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Hunger as a Weapon of War. International Initiatives to Address It (Karlos Pérez de Armiño, University of the Basque Country)

TUESDAY, August 27, 2024


Session 1. 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Climate Change, Food Security, and Forced Displacement (Adriana Fillol Mazo, University of Seville)

Session 2. 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Global Risks and Food Insecurity (Rogelio Madrueño Aguilar, Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, CASSIS, University of Bonn, Germany)


Session 3. 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Screening: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" (2019, Dir. Chiwetel Ejiofor).
Lecture: The Multifactorial Nature of Famines: The Case of Malawi (Sergio Tezanos Vázquez, University of Cantabria)
Colloquium and Debate

WEDNESDAY, August 28, 2024


Session 1. 10:00 am – 11:30 am To be confirmed
Session 2. 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (In English without translation)
Can we Achieve Universal Food Security? A Critical Appraisal of the Work of Glenn Denning (Edward Lahiff, University College Cork, Ireland)


Session 3. 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Climate Change, Conflict, and Food Insecurity: The Case of Somalia (José Antonio Sánchez Martí, University of Seville)

THURSDAY, August 29, 2024


Session 1. 10:00 am – 11:30 am (In English without translation)
Vulnerability to Famine in a World with Excess Calories (Olivier Rubin, Roskilde University, Denmark)

Session 2. 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Why Aren't We in a Food Crisis? (Kattya Cascante, REEDES and Complutense University of Madrid)


Session 3. 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Roundtable Discussion "International Cooperation for the Development of Sustainable Food Systems"

  • Rocío Pérez Gañán (University of Oviedo)
  • Miguel Ángel Martínez (Observatory of the Right to Food in Spain, ODA-E, and University of Seville)
  • Sonia Rojas (Costa Rican Deputy and Representative of the Latin America and Caribbean Without Hunger Initiative)
  • Moderator and Speaker: Kattya Cascante (REEDES and Complutense University of Madrid)

FRIDAY, August 30, 2024


Session 1. 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Spanish Cooperation Policy on Food Security (Ana-Regina Segura Martínez, Head of the Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition Area, AECID)

Closure. 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

  • Representative of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) • Course Conclusions (Sergio Tezanos Vázquez, University of Cantabria, Course Director)


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Dr. Rogelio Madrueño


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Prof. Dr. Sergio Tezanos


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