A team of researchers at UF’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems is working to evaluate food policies to determine their impact on sustainability, food security and access to food; model food systems to understand change over time and space, identifying potential stress areas such as extreme climate and disease that could affect production and create cascading global effects; and bring together academia, the private sector, governments, NGOs and local communities to develop pathways to produce food more efficiently and fairly.

The following experts on Food Security are available to speak with reporters:


Director, UF Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida
Professor, Food and Resource Economics

Anderson has published numerous articles on natural resource management, fisheries and aquaculture economics, markets and international trade. Recent work has focused on the development of new fisheries performance indicators, modeling fisheries and aquaculture sectors, seafood and food security, and evaluating how the growth of aquaculture and reforms in fisheries management are changing the global seafood sector in both developed and developing nations.

Latest thinking:
The Fishery Performance Indicators: A Management Tool for Triple Bottom Line Outcomes

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Professor, Forest Resources and Conservation

Asche has published widely on food production and markets, energy and safety issues. Recent activities have focused on the use of ecolabels for seafood, seafood trade and food security, the role of innovation and productivity growth in increasing aquaculture production and regime shifts in seafood and energy prices.

Latest thinking:
The Value of Product Attributes, Brands and Private Labels: An Analysis of Frozen Seafood in Germany



Professor, Plant Pathology and Impact Network Analysis

Garrett works in systems analysis in agricultural and wild systems, often with a focus on plant disease epidemiology. Recent work includes the analysis of strengths and vulnerabilities of networks for the potential spread of mycotoxins and invasive pests through stored grain movement, for the spread of aerially dispersed pathogens such as soybean rust, for the deployment of resistance genes through crop breeding networks, and for seed distribution in developing countries. Garrett is developing a new platform, Impact Network Analysis, for evaluating linked socioeconomic and biophysical networks through which new technologies may or may not achieve impact.

Latest thinking:
Ecological networks in stored grain: Key postharvest nodes for emerging pests, pathogens, and mycotoxins



Professor, Global Food Safety and Zoonoses

Havelaar has published widely on foodborne and zoonotic diseases and their prevention. Recent activities on the epidemiology of foodborne diseases include estimating the true incidence of foodborne illness, attribution of human disease to food and other pathways, and assessing disease burden and cost-of-illness. Quantitative microbial risk assessment studies include method development with a special interest in dose-response modeling and the impact of acquired immunity. Farm-to-fork modeling is the basis for evaluating the public health impact of interventions and decision support modeling.

Latest thinking:
Cost of illness and disease burden of food-related pathogens in the Netherlands, 2011

Impact of acquired immunity and dose-dependent probability of illness on quantitative microbial risk assessment



Preeminent Scholar, UF Institute for Sustainable Food Systems
Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Adjunct professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University

Hoogenboom has more than 25 years of experience in the development and application of crop simulation models and decision support systems. Applications range from freeze forecasting to climate variability and climate change, water resources management, biofuels, economic and environmental sustainability, and food security. He coordinates the development of the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT), a crop modeling system that is being used world-wide by many scientists and others interested in systems analysis and decision support.



Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Palm’s research focuses on tropical land use, especially soil nutrient dynamics in farming systems of Africa, including options for soil and land rehabilitation. Her most recent work investigates the tradeoffs and synergies among agricultural intensification strategies, the environment, and rural livelihoods. She is Deputy Director of Vital Signs Africa, a project developing and implementing integrated monitoring systems in agricultural landscapes.



Professor, Soil and Water Science

Sanchez studies the connections between tropical soil management, fertility, and food security. He leads the development of a collaborative program on food and environmental security in Cuba and incorporates UF faculty and students in the long-standing food security programs he continues to be involved with in tropical Africa.