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Rachel Bezner Kerr chosen as Coordinating Lead Author for Food, IPCC 6th Assessment

Apr 12, 2018
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited 721 experts from 90 countries to participate in the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors. This allows work to start on the next comprehensive assessment of the science related to climate change. Rachel Bezner Kerr has been chosen as a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group II Chapter 5, on Food, Fiber, and other Ecosystem Products. Read more
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Rachel Bezner Kerr Wins the CALS Early Achievement Award

Nov 16, 2016
On Monday, Nov. 7, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented Rachel Bezner Kerr with the Early Achievement Award. Bezner Kerr is an associate professor in the department of development sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell in 2006, and, after working at the University of Western Ontario, she returned Cornell to teach in 2012. Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr named as Einaudi International Faculty Fellow

Nov 17, 2015
“I believe that the center will benefit a great deal from Rachel’s deeply interdisciplinary work on food and nutrition security," says Hirokazu Miyazaki, director of the Einaudi Center.  “I look forward to collaborating with her in our effort to address global sustainability issues." Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr - Pitch and Poster Contest Winner

Nov 12, 2015
Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr, David Wolfe, Sera Young & Laurie Drinkwater for their Third Place Award in the Atkinson Center’s 2015 Trustee Council pitch and poster contest for their poster entitled “Farmer-led Curriculum on Agroecology, Climate Change, Nutrition, and Social Equity in Malawi and Tanzania.” Rachel's presentation begins at the 12 minute mark.
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Rachel Bezner Kerr - Seminar Wednesday, September 9

Sep 3, 2015
SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Perspectives in International Development

TOPIC:            Agroecology, Social Equity and Food Security: Learning from Participatory Research in Malawi
SPEAKER:       Rachel Bezner Kerr, Cornell Professor, Department of Development Sociology
DATE:             Wednesday, September 9
TIME:              12:20-1:10 p.m.
VENUE:           135 Emerson Hall
Rachel Bezner Kerr is an Associate Professor in Development Sociology. Her research interests converge on the broad themes of sustainable agriculture, food security, health, nutrition and social inequalities, with a primary focus in southern Africa. She has worked with a long term, interdisciplinary, participatory research project in Malawi that has aimed to improve nutrition, food security and land quality using agroecological methods. She completed her Ph.D. in development sociology at Cornell in 2006.
Refreshments provided.  Co-sponsored by CIIFAD and Soil and Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Science and the Departments of Natural Resources and The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

Rachel Bezner Kerr - chapter publication

Jul 16, 2015
Rachel Bezner Kerr ('06) and Raj Patel ('02), "Food security in Malawi - Disputed diagnoses, different prescriptions," in Food security and Development - Country Case Studies, ed. Udaya Sekhar Nagothu,

Rachel Bezner Kerr recent presentations

Jun 2, 2015
On May 14, Rachel Bezner Kerr spoke at the Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in Coventry University in the U.K. She also attended the Global Alliance for the Future of Food meetings in Milan May 18-19.

Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellowship Program

Dec 22, 2014
Faculty member Rachel Bezner Kerr has been selected to be part of the Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellowship Program in 2015, a program that increases the public impact of the nation's top underrepresented thinkers.
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Patel, Bezner Kerr publication

Dec 7, 2014
Patel, R., R. Bezner Kerr, L. Shumba and L. Dakishoni. Cook, eat, man woman: Understanding the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Malawi, and its alternatives. 2014. Journal of Peasant Studies November Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr receives Atkinson Grant

Jul 3, 2014
Rachel Bezner Kerr's project "Healthy Soil, Fertile Land and Food Security" was awarded funding through the Atkinson Center’s Academic Venture Fund. The project is a collaboration with David Wolfe and Laurie Drinkwater (Horticulture), and Sera Young (Nutritional Sciences). Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr publication-Annals of the AAG

Jul 2, 2014
Bezner Kerr, R. 2014. “Lost and Found Crops: Agrobiodiversity, Indigenous Knowledge, and a Feminist Political Ecology of Sorghum and Finger Millet in Northern Malawi,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104 (3): 577-593. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2014.892346.

Rachel Bezner Kerr presentation-Glofoods

Jul 2, 2014
“Farmer-led agroecological research to improve food security and nutrition in Malawi.” Presented at GloFoods: Transitions pour la securite alimentation mondiale. Montpellier, France, June 12, 2014. Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr presentation in Malawi

Mar 26, 2014
Faculty member Rachel Bezner Kerr organized & presented at a closed policy workshop with key government and international representatives on ‘Participatory Research on Climate Change Adaptation: Policy Recommendations”, and was interviewed by the Nation and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation. Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr publication-Secheresse

Mar 21, 2014
Snapp, S.S., R. Bezner Kerr, A. Smith, M. Ollenburger, W. Mhango, L. Shumba, T. Gondwe and G.Y. Kanyama-Phiri. Modeling and participatory, farmer-led approaches to food security in a changing world: a case study from Malawi. Secheresse 24:350-358. Read more

Phil McMichael, Rachel Bezner Kerr, Hannah Wittman: Food (In)Security-Food Security and Food Sovereignty

May 9, 2012
Phil McMichael, Rachel Bezner Kerr, and DSOC alumna Hannah Wittman presented at Food (In)Security-Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Chicago in May 2012.

McMichael and Bezner-Kerr Presented at the Food (In)Scurity Series

May 9, 2012
DSOC faculty Phil McMichael, new faculty member and alumna Rachel Bezner-Kerr and alumna Hannah Wittman presented at the University of Chicago's Food (In)Security series on May 9th.