Shrewsbury School

‘Sleepwalking into a Global Famine’ – Geographical Association lecture by Nobel Peace Prize winner Benny Dembitzer

Thursday 5 March 2015

On Wednesday evening, the Geography Faculty were honoured to host the Nobel Peace Prize winner and highly acclaimed economist Benny Dembitzer to talk as part of the Geographical Association series of lectures.

Benny's talk was entitled 'Sleepwalking into a Global Famine' which tackled the dynamic and topical issues of food shortages in the developing world, with particular focus on the African continent.

He explored the reasons why food deficits occur from both a Geographical and Economics perspective, looking at factors such as soil quality, the status of women and the often detrimental role of International governments and organisations.

Benny's talk was highly relevant to the Sixth Form curriculum and of particular interest to those embarking on the Global Perspectives course next year. He is also the Director of Grassroots Africa and appeared very keen to explore possibilities of working with Shrewsbury School, due in part to the rural backgrounds of many of our pupils but also their experiences with Medic Malawi.

A renowned author and examiner who attends every lecture without fail, sent me the following email: "Benny was a truly amazing man to listen to... We were privileged to get to hear him... his vision was spellbinding".

We were delighted that Benny is very keen to venture north again next year!

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