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
From April 3-April 5 2018, The Food and Agriculture Organization hosted the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology on "Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)". Professor Rachel Bezner Kerr contributed as a panelist discussant for the session " Co-Creation of Knowledge and Innovation". Read more
The U.N.'s Committee on World Food Security appointed Rachel Bezner Kerr, associate professor in the Department of Development Sociology, to a project team tasked with determining agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems. Read more
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
The Department of Development Sociology will host an informal reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14th to celebrate and experience a new photo & video exhibit at the Mann Library Gallery (2nd floor),curated by our own Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr. Read more
“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
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. Read more
Rachel Bezner Kerr will present in the 2nd annual International Conference on Global Food Security, 11-14 October 2015 in Ithaca, NY on the topic of Sustainable intensification - alternative production systems and methods on Wednesday, October 14. Read more
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.
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. Read more
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
A video interview is available online of faculty member Rachel Bezner Kerr at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations International Symposium on Agroecology, Food Security and Nutrition, which took place last September. Read more
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.
“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
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
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