Participants drive the success of any role-playing exercise, and Food Chain Reaction will be no exception. To model real-world situations and global reaction as accurately as possible, we’ve brought together high-level decision makers from all over the world, representing nations, international institutions, and the private sector. This group will collaborate, negotiate, make decisions, and confront trade-offs while dealing with a chain reaction of consequences resulting from their actions.
Our player profile series showcases some of the many participants who have generously given their time, energy, and enthusiasm to helping make Food Chain Reaction a success.
Q & A with Dan Mullins
Team: Multilateral Institutions
Why is food security important to you and your organization?
CARE has recognized the right to food as a fundamental human right since it created the CARE package to combat food insecurity after WWII. Despite significant progress, nearly 800 million people globally are still undernourished and living in extreme poverty.
CARE’s global strategic emphasizes the improvement of food and nutrition security and resilience to climate change, addressing social, economic and environmental factors. Through 330 projects involving sustainable agriculture and nutrition programming, women’s economic empowerment, and humanitarian action, CARE supports more than 5 million people in 59 countries. We use evidence from this work to influence the policies and practices to push food systems to meet people’s right to sufficient nutritious food, in a sustainable manner.
If you could do one thing to create a more food secure future what would it be?
Temper the overall emphasis on global production and productivity with more attention to the dynamics that are involved. Yes, we must produce significantly more food, but let’s look beyond production. Food systems must become more sustainable, freezing the destruction of our planets’ terrestrial and marine ecosystems. They must provide more affordable, more nutritious food. Food systems must reduce inequalities in people’s ability to produce and access food, especially inequalities based on gender and power, and with attention to the rights of future generations. Finally, food systems must enhance resilience – of people and of the planet.
What do you hope to achieve through Food Chain Reaction?
Sustainably and equitably feeding and nourishing a growing population in the face of climate change and environmental degradation is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. No one company, organization, or government has the full set of ideas and expertise necessary to meet this challenge. During the Food Chain Reaction, I look forward to learning new ideas, some of which I may find challenging – while also offering what I hope will be some useful perspectives to other participants. I hope that I’ll meet new people with whom I’ll interact long after the end of the Food Games.
Dan Mullins is Director for Research, Learning and Advocacy on CARE’s Food and Nutrition Security team, which focuses on sustainable and just food systems, as well as CARE’s manager of the CARE WWF Alliance, a strategic global partnership. Dan has worked in southern Africa since 1983, where he has designed, managed and provided technical support to sustainable livelihoods and food security programming and advocacy in diverse contexts. He has served as program manager, regional technical advisor and Deputy Regional Director, for CARE and for Oxfam, supporting programs in Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. His experiences range from management of a vocational agriculture school in Swaziland as a Peace Corp volunteer, to post-war recovery programming in Mozambique, to shaping agriculture programming in ways that take into account vulnerability of farmers affected by HIV & AIDS.
As a member of the CARE International Food and Nutrition Security steering committee, he works closely with colleagues from across CARE International and with key partners to sharpen program designs and create a strong base of rigorous evidence on sustainable agriculture systems. He is a member of the global steering committee for CARE’s Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network, working particularly closely with the theme team on smallholder agriculture in a changing climate.
Dan has written articles and published training materials on linkages amongst livelihoods, food security and HIV/AIDS. He has provided training and conference presentations for a broad range of national, regional and international NGOs, academic institutions, businesses and donors, and is a long-time trustee for the Southern African AIDS Trust, a regional NGO working in Southern Africa.