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Food Security 2012

Sustainable intensification: miracle or mirage?

10 Dec 2012 - 09:30 to 11 Dec 2012 - 15:30

Chatham House, London

This conference will examine the potential of technologies – old, new and pipeline – to deliver sustainable intensification in agriculture.

  • Is a resilient global agricultural system achievable?
  • Is technology crucial to delivering increased agriculture outputs in tandem with environmental objectives?
  • Is the current regulation evidence-based or driven by the public’s perception of risk?

Business leaders, policy makers, opinion formers and civil society representatives will tease out the implications of the technological approach to sustainable intensification of food production, including the need for regulatory systems to adopt evidence based policies on risks and benefits to ensure resilient production. They will also address the relationship between policymaking and public opinion.

Suggested Twitter hashtag: #CHFoodSecurity

  • Dr John Atkin

    • Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr Alice Bell

    • Research Fellow and Head of Public Engagement, Science Policy Unit
  • Professor Tim Benton

    • UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology
  • Jack A Bobo

    • Senior Advisor for Biotechnology
  • Angela Booth

    • Director, Technical Development and Assurance
  • Dr Alice Bows

    • Sustainable Consumption Institute
  • Mark Buckingham

    • PA Lead Europe
  • Geoffrey Carr

    • Science Editor
  • Mike Childs

    • Head of Climate Change
  • Marco Contiero

    • EU Policy Director on Agriculture
  • Professor Sir Gordon Conway

    • Chair in International Development, Centre for Environmental Policy
  • Clive Cookson

    • Science Editor
  • Merle Faminow

    • Program Manager, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Gordon Friend

    • Head, Food Chain Security and Sustainability Policy
  • Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva

    • Head of Research
  • Vicki Hird

    • Senior Campaigner, Land Use, Food and Water Programme
  • Jonathan Jones

    • Senior Scientist
  • Jane Karuku

    • President
  • Olivier Macé

    • Head, Global Strategy & External Affairs
  • Dr Patrick Middleton

    • Head of Engagement
  • Professor Agnes Mwang'ombe

    • Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
  • Saharah Moon Chapotin

    • Division Chief for Research, Bureau for Food Security
  • Dr David Nabarro

    • United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition and
  • Dr Kanayo Nwanze

    • President
  • Andrew Opie

    • Director of Food & Sustainability
  • Dr Mark Post

    • Principal Investigator, CARIM
  • Claudia Ringler

    • Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Division Director, Environment and Production Technology
  • Becky Seale

    • Senior Associate Director
  • Dr Catherine Woteki

    • Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics

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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Zuzana Feachem on +44 (0)20 7957 5755 or email zfeachem@chathamhouse.org.

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Venue

Chatham House

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Conference Unit
Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
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UK

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Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

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09:30 DAY ONE
Monday 10 December 2012

Session One
The Challenge of Sustainable Intensification

  • What are the particular challenges that technology must address over the coming decades:  soil, water, increased demand for protein, climate change, yield, post-harvest losses
  • Considering local complexities: how do these challenges vary by region and geography?
  • Which are the most urgent to address and what are the trade-offs?
  • What tensions accompany such challenges?  

Chair and Opening Statement

Dr David Nabarro
United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition and
Coordinator of the UN system High Level Task Force on Global Food Security

Keynote panel

Dr Kanayo Nwanze
President
International Fund for Agricultural Development

Jane Karuku 
President
Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA)

Angela Booth
Director, Technical Development and Assurance
AB Agri

Questions and discussion

11.00-11.30    Refreshments

Session Two
Existing Technologies

  • Is it possible to feed 9 billion people by 2050 using existing technologies?
  • What does this mean for diets in developed and developing countries?
  • What are the potentials and limits of existing technologies to address the challenges we face (irrigation, agro-ecological crop and soil management, GM, food storage) 
  • What steps have to be taken to increase food supply?  And by whom?
  • Does agricultural innovation need a new system of governance?  

Chair
Geoffrey Carr
Science Editor
The Economist

Speaker Panel

Professor Sir Gordon Conway
Chair in International Development, Centre for Environmental Policy
Imperial College London

Dr Saharah Moon Chapotin
Division Chief for Research, Bureau for Food Security
USAID

Claudia Ringler
Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Division Director, Environment and Production Technology
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Mike Childs
Head of Climate Change
Friends of the Earth

Questions and discussion

13.15-14.15    Lunch

Session Three
Consumer Values and Choices

  • Are consumers willing to accept the rise of new technologies in food production?
  • To what extent do food-related emissions need to change, and what is the potential role of consumers and food-related organisations within that challenge?
  • How can policy-makers build public understanding and support for the changes ahead? 

Chair
Andrew Opie
Director of Food & Sustainability
British Retail Consortium

Speaker Panel

Dr Alice Bows
Sustainable Consumption Institute
Manchester University

Becky Seale
Senior Associate Director
TNS-BMRB

Dr Patrick Middleton
Head of Engagement
UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Questions and discussion

15.30-16.00    Refreshments

Session Four
The Politics of Evidence

  • Are current policies in reality driven by the public’s perception of risk?
  • Is the current regulation evidence-based? Does it accurately reflect the risks and benefits of agricultural production technologies?
  • What has been the track record of GM so far and where is it in use?
  • What is the potential for GM to be incorporated into the existing agriculture system?   
  • What are the implications for policy?

Chair 
Dr Alice Bell
Research Fellow and Head of Public Engagement, Science Policy Unit
University of Sussex 

Moderated panel discussion

Jonathan Jones
Senior Scientist
Sainsbury Laboratory

Marco Contiero
EU Policy Director, Agriculture
Greenpeace International

Jack Bobo
Senior Advisor for Biotechnology
US Department of State

Neil Thornton
Director, Food and Green Economy
UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


17.30        End of Day One and Reception

09:30 DAY TWO
Tuesday 11 December 2012

Session Five
Getting the Institutions Right

  • How can regulatory frameworks enable the delivery of sustainable agricultural systems?
  • Innovative partnerships and financing mechanisms for research and development and access to technologies: examples from the frontier
  • Maximising technology adoption and diffusion in developing countries
  • Implications for businesses and governments

Chair 
Clive Cookson
Science Editor
Financial Times

Speaker panel

Dr John Atkin
Chief Operating Officer
Syngenta

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva
Head of Research
Oxfam GB

Professor Agnes Mwang'ombe
Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Merle Faminow
Program Manager, Agriculture and Food Security
International Development Research Centre, Canada

Questions and discussion

11.10 -11.30    Refreshments

Session Six
Game Changers, Disruptive Technologies and Techno-fixes

  • What are the potential technological game changers, and what are the risks? Synthetic Biology? Test Tube Meat? GIS?

Chair   
Robert Bailey
Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resource Governance
Chatham House

Professor Mark Post
Principal Investigator, CARIM
Maastricht University

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

Olivier Macé
Head, Global Strategy & External Affairs
BP Biofuels

Questions and discussion

13.00-14.00    Lunch

Session Seven
Priorities for Action

  • What must be the priorities for governments in the immediate future?
  • What actions are needed from businesses?
  • What actions are needed from NGOs and aid and development agencies?

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

Keynote Address

Dr Catherine Woteki (on the record)
Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics
United States Department of Agriculture

Panel discussion

Dr Catherine Woteki

Jane Karuku

Mark Buckingham
Public Affairs Lead Europe
Monsanto

Closing remarks by the chair

15.15    End of conference and refreshments


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This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government, NGO's and academic institutions.

Our previous conference 'Food Security: Transforming the Food Production System' in December 2011 saw delegates from the following companies and institutions:

Accenture
Action Against Hunger (ACF UK)
ActionAid UK
Agricultural Industries Confederation
Asian Development Bank
Avaaz
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
BP Biofuels UK Ltd
BP International
CABI
CAFOD
Cardiff University (BRASS)
Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
Church Commissioners for England
CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center)
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
Concern Worldwide
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Co-operative Group
CropLife International
CSEM SA
Department for International Development (DFID)
Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture
Development Initiatives
Eden Project
Ethical Investment Research Services Ltd (EIRIS)
European Commission
Fairfood International
Fauna & Flora International
Finnish Food and Drink Industries Federation
Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
Forest Footprint Disclosure Project
Friends of the Earth
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Government of Nigeria
Greenpeace International
Heifer International
Imperial College London
Institute of Development Research
Institute for Economics and Forecasting
International Federation for Animal Health
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
International Sustainability Unit
Isle of Man Goverment (Department of Environment Food and Agriculture)
Lancaster University
Lilly / Elanco
Max Havelaar Foundation
Mercator Foundation Switzerland
Ministry of Defence
Mondelez International (Kraft Foods)
Monsanto UK Ltd
National Farmers' Union (NFU)
National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)
Organisation for Social Development Initiatives (OSDI)
Oxfam Great Britain
Permanent Representation of Switzerland to FAO, IFAD and WFP
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Renaissance Group
Sarasin & Partners LLP
Save the Children UK
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
Shell
Standard Chartered Bank
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in York
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Syngenta International AG
Tesco
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation
The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
The James Hutton Institute
TwentyFifty Ltd
UK Food and Drink Federation
University of Aberystwyth
University of Southampton
URALCHEM
Wageningen University
Warwick Ventures (University of Warwick)
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
World Vision UK
Yara SA