Long-run analysis of SDGs linked to the food-environment-energy using open-source economic modelling

Friday, October 11th 3:00pm – 5pm

  • Uris Lantz Baldos, Purdue University (Key Facilitator)
    Uris has 4 years of co-teaching a graduate level course which focuses on key issues on feeding the world sustainably. The course covers topics relevant to the future of global agriculture as well as trade-off with respect to environmental goals.
  • Jing Liu, Purdue University
    Jing has published several articles on the trade-offs between food and environmental security outcomes. She also has experience in teaching and facilitating workshops on global economic modelling and its application.
  • Emiliano Lopez Barrera, Purdue University 
    Emiliano was teaching assistant on the graduate-level course on global sustainability and has experience on using economic models to examine issues on food security.
  • Provide an overview of the historical evolution of global agriculture and the future challenges of sustainably feeding the world’s growing population
  • Promote deeper understanding of the synergies and trade-offs among sustainable development goals surrounding the world’s farm and food system
  • Provide hands-on experience using the SIMPLE web application as well as showcase video and course materials that can be used by users to learn more/teach trade-offs in SDGs in the context of the global farm and food systevalcourt

Part I. Introduction (~20 to 30 mins)

Part II. Understanding the grand challenge of sustainability feeding a growing planet (~ 45-60 mins) – Lecture

·        Provide an historical perspective on the key drivers of global farm and food system. What have we achieved in terms of food security? What were the environmental costs of extensive and intensive agriculture?

·        Highlight future trends of main drivers of agriculture. What happens if current trends continue and what will happen to the environment? What are the potential trade-offs and synergies among SDG targets?

Part III. Using SIMPLE web application for SDG trade-off analysis (~45 – 60 mins)  – Lecture + Hands On

·        Discuss model as well as show case to users how to run experiments.

·        Hands-on use of web application to run and analyze the following experiments

·        Impact of climate change on agriculture and the importance of investments in research and development in agriculture for climate adaptation

·        Constraints in future cropland expansion and its implication on undernutrition

·        Changes in dietary consumption and co-benefits in food and environmental security

·         Brainstorm with participants on SDGs of interest and how that can be implemented in the SIMPLE web application

Part IV. Workshop Wrap-up (~20~30 minutes) – Lecture


·        Discuss available video and course materials that can be used by users to learn more / teach trade-offs in SDGs in the context of the farm and food system.

  • Knowledge about key drivers of global farm and food system and where to find these information
  • Greater appreciation about the synergies and trade-offs among SDGs
  • Awareness on how economic models can be used for global sustainability analysis as well as online course materials on teaching trade-offs in SDGs
  • Better understanding on what the key drivers of global agriculture and the environmental costs of feeding the world
  • Better knowledge about the synergies and trade-offs among SDGs
  • Identify available resources / tools which could be useful to the participant who are interested in SDG trade off analysis