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TIDI Seminar: The 2016 Global Hunger Index

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is an annual publication designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at national, regional and global levels. GHI scores are calculated which assess progress, or the lack thereof, in combating hunger. The aim of the index is to raise awareness, build understanding and advocate for greater commitment and resources dedicated to ending hunger worldwide, by providing data, analysis and insights to politicians, policymakers, civil society and the media. First published in 2006, the series has made the challenge of hunger transparent by providing a simple way of ranking countries, illustrating trends in the prevalence of hunger and reporting on progress. As well as providing the ranking, each year’s report delves into a specific theme. Past themes have included food price volatility, resilience-building, hidden hunger, the relationship between conflict and hunger. The 2016 theme is the 2030 Agenda – the new Sustainable Development Goals and how we need to reach Zero Hunger in order to achieve the wider Goals. The report is authored by the Washington based International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe. In this TIDI seminar, Olive Towey, of Concern Worldwide, will present the 2016 Global Hunger Index.

Date: 20 January 2017 Time: 15:00

Venue: Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College

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TIDI Seminar: Interventionism, global security and the new era of biodiversity conservation.

This paper explores an increasingly important question: what does it mean to extend the debates about global security and principles of interventionism to wildlife conservation? It applies a political ecology lens to existing debates on global interventionism, which thus far have focused on the human world; specifically they address questions of the duty or responsibility of the international community, notions of a just war and intervention in defence of vulnerable or persecuted communities (Elshtain, 2004; Zehfuss, 2014; Bellamy and Williams, 2011). However, these debates are changing and the arguments are increasingly invoked and extended to justify protection of non-human nature (Eckersley, 2007). This is especially the case in recent calls to respond more forcefully to rises in poaching of certain iconic and charismatic species, especially elephants, rhinos, tigers and lions (Masse and Lunstrum, 2016; Büscher and Ramutsindela, 2015; Büscher, 2015; Neumann, 2004). The purpose of this paper is to investigate this overlooked area of analysis and to interrogate what this shift means, in discursive and material terms.

This raises interesting questions about the exceptional status of iconic species, especially elephants and rhinos, and their status relative to that of certain human communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further, recent debates echo the earlier invocation of ideas of the development-security nexus, in which underdevelopment is reconceptualised as a global security threat (Duffield, 2001). Such ideas are mirrored in current arguments that wildlife losses constitute security threats because high value wildlife products generate ‘threat finance’ for organised crime, rebel groups and even international terrorist networks; therefore poaching and trafficking is rapidly being reconceptualised and presented as a major threat to the stability of states and even to the international system (White, 2014; Duffy, 2016; Nelleman et al, 2016).

Date: 17 February 2017 Time: 14:00

Venue: TRISS Seminar Room C6.002, 6th Floor, Arts Building

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