IFSTAL Digest 05/10/16

IFSTAL Digest 05/10/16

by Lauren Blake -
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Dear IFSTAL-ites 

WELCOME! Welcome again to those who have just joined and are joining, and welcome back to those returning. It's wonderful to have both old and new faces appearing here on our Portal. We hope the start of the new academic year has gotten off on a good note, atasty and crisp as the apples currently being harvested!   

If you haven't yet done so, please introduce yourself on the forum here. It's great to see so many of you already up there and get an idea of the amazing variety of people already participating in IFSTAL. Please continue to say hello to everyone!  

It hopefully goes without saying, but remember also to create your profile. This is the first step to registering for IFSTAL on the Portal. You can find guidance here if you're unsure. There's also a video guide to using the Portal and other helpful tips about quick log-in here 

The Courses tile on the home page, with the core units, will go live on Tuesday 18th October when we have the second year launch of IFSTAL. Remember to put the main events in your diary – there's a Programme Overview here and more details on each event here. We encourage you to attend your local launch event where possible, on Tuesday 18th October. There are also some local sessions to help navigate the Portal and meet other students. Check either the Programme Overview or Calendar for details. 



We have our first Away Day on Saturday 12th November in London.  The focus will be on Communication. There will be training with this related to Food Systems work, as well as an opportunity to meet fellow students and professionals. If you are interested in attending, you need to complete the application form here. It opens today and closes by 30th October 



Conference on Localising Food Systems: The food-energy-water nexus 

This conference is intended to stimulate exchange and debate about the related issues in re-distributed manufacturing (RDM), food systems, and food-energy-water nexus issues at enterprise, local and regional levels. 

It is free and is held at the University of Oxford on 7th December 2016. For more information visit this webpage. To register please go to their Eventbrite. 



EXCLUSIVE IFSTAL Internship opportunity at World Bank in Washington DC 

Closing Date: 5pm, 12th October 2016 

We have a direct link with the Agriculture and Food Unit through one of City’s Food Policy Alumni. They are looking for Agronomists, Agricultural Policy expertise, food systems thinking, food safety and those who could bring some understanding of health and nutrition to this space also. If you do not fit into these categories and are still really interested in the World Bank opportunity, please submit an application anyway. 

We are trialling this October the collation of applications of those interested in carrying out a 3 month paid internship in Washington DC, with a flexible start date in 2017. 

Due to the nature of the organisation, we have been informed visas can be readily supported.  

The instructions are as follows: 

Rosina Borrelli will collate the application emails. She is not able to be part of the recruitment process, so these will be passed directly to our contact at the World Bank. 

Please attach the following documents (mandatory) before submitting: 


And, please look at the world bank page on internships for some guidance: 

Please send to: rosina.borrelli@eci.ox.ac.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 12th October. 



UK Data Service Pages on Food and Food Security 

The UK Data Service is pleased to share the new set of theme pages related to food and food security. This resource can be found here: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/get-data/themes/food 

The food system cuts across many academic disciplines and covers a wide range of research topics such as: 

- the impact of extreme weather events on food systems 
- the need of a growing population for sustainable agriculture 
- food security and better access to food 
- medical challenges of diseases caused by under/over nutrition 
- consumer culture and attitudes toward food 
- healthy diet and food safety 

The UK Data Service hosts a large number of datasets related to food and nutrition including the National Food Survey, Public attitudes to Campylobacter, the Living Costs and Food Survey, Diet and Nutrition Surveys and the Food and You Survey. In addition, the Service has datasets produced by the World Bank which include aggregated data from 1960 onwards on food production index, undernourishment, hunger and malnutrition. 


2016 Global Hunger Index launch 

Concern Worldwide invites you to the launch of the 2016 Global Hunger Index Report: Getting to Zero Hunger by 2030. 

Date:  Wednesday 12th October 2016 

Time: 5.00-7.30pm 

Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS 

Panellists will include: 

Government Spokesperson to be confirmed 

Felix Phiri, Ministry of Health, Malawi 

Liz Ford, Guardian Development Deputy Editor, The Guardian 

Claver Kabuhungu, Concern Worldwide Burundi 

Margaret Batty, WaterAid 

Rachel Slater, Overseas Development Institute 

Sam Bickersteth, Climate Development Knowledge Network 

Jonny Tench, Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network 


We look forward to seeing you all at the launch in under two weeks and/or online!

Best wishes


on behalf of the IFSTAL team