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Food Futures

Towards Sustainable Production and Consumption
9-10 December 2013

Day One
Monday 9 December

Session One
The Future of Consumption
09:30 - 11:10

  • How are patterns of food consumption shifting and what is driving this?

  • What are the latest data and trends on obesity, hunger and nutrition?

  • What are the implications for health, non-communicable diseases and human security?

  • What does this mean for public policy and responsible business practices?

Rob Bailey, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Keynote Address
Dr Kostas Stamoulis, Director, Agricultural Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organisation

Jeanette Longfield, Coordinator, Sustain

Stanlake Samkange, Director: Policy, Programme and Innovation Division, United Nations World Food Programme

Stefano Natella, Co-Head of Global Securities Research, Credit Suisse

Questions and Discussion

11:10 – 11:40 Refreshments

Keynote Address
Hubert Weber, President Europe, Mondelēz International

Questions and Discussion

Session Two
The Future of Production
12:10 - 13:10

  • What is the environmental footprint of agriculture, and how is it expected to evolve?

  • How and when can zero deforestation be achieved?

  • What do sustainable farming systems look like, and can these meet future demand?

Moderated Panel Discussion
Professor Charles Godfray CBE, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford

Duncan Brack, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, and Associate, Forest Trends

Tim Searchinger, Senior Research Fellow, World Resources Institute

Egil Hogna, Head of Downstream, Yara International

Eivind Djupedal, Vice President and Managing Director MBU, Cargill

Questions and Discussion

1310 – 1410 Lunch 

Session Three
Coping with Climate Change
14:10 - 15:20

  • What does the latest climate science tell us about food production and consumption in 2100?

  • Where are the key vulnerabilities in the global food system?

  • How do food systems need to adapt, and what are farmers and businesses doing?

Professor Andy Challinor, Professor of Climate Impacts, University of Leeds

Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds and UK Global Food Security Champion

Julie Howard, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Agricultural Research, Extension and Education, US Agency for International Development

Ian Mitchell, Senior Economic Adviser, International and Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Questions and Discussion

15:20 - 15:50 Refreshments

Session Four
Future Technologies
15:50 - 17:15

  • What are the major challenges most in need of new solutions and innovation?

  • What technological developments could lead to disruptive change in the food system?

  • What are the difficulties in developing and delivering appropriate technologies and how can these be addressed?

Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London

Dr Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary, Global Forum on Agricultural Research

Rob Bailey, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General, Nanotechnology Industries Association

Joakim Hauge, Chief Executive Officer, The Sahara Forest Project

Questions and Discussion

End of day one and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

Day Two
Tuesday 10 December

Session Five
Investing in Food
09:30 - 11:10

  • What investment is needed to ensure a sustainable food future and how does this compare to current trends?

  • What are the relative roles of public and private investment?

  • Where are the major opportunities and risks for private investors?

  • What does responsible investment look like and how will current responsible investment and governance initiatives deliver?

Paul McMahon, Managing Partner, SLM Partners, and Author of ‘Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food’

Moderated Panel Discussion

Lorenzo Cotula, Principal Researcher in Law and Sustainable Development, International Institute for Environment and Development

Susan Payne, Chief Executive Officer, EmVest

Mark Driscoll, Head of Food, Forum for the Future

Detlef Schön, Head Farm Investments, Aquila Capital

Questions and Discussions

1110 - 1140 Refreshments

Session Six
What Does a Sustainable Diet Look Like
11:40 - 12:50

  • What are the criteria by which sustainable food can be judged?

  • What are the trade-offs and how should they be made?

  • Is this compatible with what consumers want?

  • What is needed from public policy, regulation and new business models?

Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London

Dr Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Sue Davies, Chief Policy Adviser, Which?

M Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Duncan Williamson, Food Policy Manager, WWF UK

Questions and Discussion 

12:50 - 13:50 Lunch

Session Seven
Sustainable Food Futures
13:50 - 15:15

  • What is needed from governments and policymakers to shift patterns of consumption and production onto sustainable pathways?

  • Can recent successes provide a foundation for the future?

  • What will successful business models look like?

  • How can multilateral initiatives help (post-2015 framework, global climate deal etc.)?

M Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Moderated Panel Discussion
Céline Charveriat, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Oxfam International

Sara Sizer, Director Corporate Affairs Europe, Mondelēz International

Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Plan A, Marks & Spencer

15:15 Close of conference and refreshments

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