Assessing the risks from air pollution to food security in South Asia Can mixed methods and innovative data analysis help to contextualize problems and sustain livelihoods?
Air pollution is likely to cause reductions in supply of staple crops in South Asia. Most studies have assessed yield losses and translated these into economic losses using world market price. In this study we look to combine physical science with econometrics to estimate the impact of such changes in yield on the economic welfare of particular social groups - farmers and food commodity consumers, hence providing more detail on the influence of supply changes on food security. However, this analysis is still limited to the influence on livelihoods of a single physical stress and falls short of understanding this stress in the context of the other challenges that face peoples livelihoods. We ask the question whether it is possible to combine physical and social data using Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches to better understand the key challenges facing farmers and consumers in developing country (and often data poor) environments?
About the speaker
Professor Lisa Emberson
Professor Lisa Emberson has over 20 years’ experience in the field of air pollution and climate change focussing on impacts on agricultural yields, forest productivity and the functioning of terrestrial semi-natural ecosystems.