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Ep33: Jeremy Brice on "Investment, Power and Protein in sub-Saharan Africa"

Episode summary

Who is investing in the food system and what are they investing in? What should the future of food, specifically protein, look like in sub-Saharan Africa? These are questions that Jeremy Brice explores in his new report: Investment, Power and Protein in sub-Saharan Africa. They are also highly relevant to the food and climate discussions happening now at COP-27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (November 2022).

In our chat with Jeremy Brice, lecturer at Manchester University, we discuss why the issue of protein is important in sub-Saharan Africa; we unpack three different investor visions for this region; and we reflect on the consequences of how little agricultural investment there is in the region compared to the rest of the world.

Read the executive summary.

Read the full report.

[ Transcript available ]

About Jeremy Brice

Jeremy Brice is Lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation at the University of Manchester, where he is affiliated to both the Sustainable Consumption Institute and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. Jeremy holds a DPhil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, and moved to Manchester in 2022 after undertaking postdoctoral research at Newcastle University, LSE and the Oxford Martin School.

Jeremy’s research examines how ethics, sustainability and risk are governed within global agri-food systems and explores the environmental, technological and economic transformations associated with changing spaces and practices of food provisioning. His most recent projects investigate how the environmental, ethical and public health issues surrounding meat and livestock production are problematised within financial markets and what role responsible investment practices play within the landscape of food governance.

Jeremy works closely with environmental and food policymakers and has led research projects commissioned by the UK’s Food Standards Agency and by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.


Related resources

TABLE report: Primed for power: a short cultural history of protein (Blaxter and Garnett, 2022)

Article: Immaterial animals and financialized forests: Asset manager capitalism, ESG integration and the politics of livestock (Brice et al., 2022)

TABLE event: Fleshing out a future COP (Panel discussion, 2022)

TABLE explainer: What is the nutrition transition? (Breewood, 2018)


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