Southern Utah University Convocation: The New Global Economy

Published: February 01, 2011 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah University’s Convocation Lecture Series is pleased to announce that Dr. Thoric Cederstrom, Director of Agro-Stability Development, will speak as part of the Convocation Lecture Series. His presentation, “Malnutrition at the Margin: The Political Ecology of Hunger in the New Global Economy,” will be held Tuesday, February 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Thoric Cederstrom is an expert in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, primarily in complex environments that include conflict and post-conflict situations. The foundation of peace and prosperity in any society is strong and vibrant agriculture. Too often stress — whether it is a clash between opposing forces or long-term environmental degradation — undermines the social fabric of communities by destroying the productivity of its agriculture, and weakening its economy.

The road to recovery from conflict and the destruction it brings is through regenerative agriculture which rebuilds and renews a society’s ability to feed itself and to keep its people well-nourished and healthy. Strong communities are built from strong farms. And prosperous communities tend to have less conflict.

Agro-Stability Development is dedicated to help communities around the world to rebuild their shattered livelihoods through regenerative agriculture that provides their people with healthy food and prosperous incomes.

Cederstrom has broad experience in participatory food security assessments, program design, and monitoring and evaluation, including anthropometric surveys. As a child, Dr. Cederstrom grew up on a family dairy farm outside Kansas City, Mo., and from this agricultural upbringing has gone on to work extensively in Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, and Central and South Asia and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and conversant in Hebrew and Russian.

Previously, Cededrstrom was senior advisor for Food and Agriculture for International Relief and Development ( Thoric travels the globe conducting needs assessments, meeting with international donors, designing new programs, and providing technical support to numerous food security projects. He has published extensively on an array of food security topics related to strengthening the linkages between agriculture and nutrition in areas of high HIV/AIDS. Prior to IRD, he was the Vice President for Counterpart International’s Division of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture as well as its Global Health and Nutrition Program (

Dr. Cederstrom is a 1993 graduate of the anthropology program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His dissertation research was titled “The Potential Impacts of Migrant Remittances on Agriculture Development in the Mixteca Baja Region of Mexico.” Other graduate studies were done in Mexico and Jerusalem.

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