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Conference

Food Security: Mapping Risks, Building Resilience

1 Dec 2014 - 09:30 to 2 Dec 2014 - 12:45

Chatham House, London

Food security is at risk from new threats and there is a growing awareness of previously unrecognized sources of instability. As the food system becomes increasingly globalized and interconnected, disruptions reverberate faster and more widely than ever before.  

Vulnerabilities in the global supply chain, the impacts of climate change and instability in the global food market all have the potential to cause significant long-term disruption. As demand increases, there is an increased need to stabilize this fragile system. 

Senior policy-makers and business leaders will map the risks facing the global food system, analyse the potential impact and identify priorities for action. Discussion will consider what is required in terms of national policy, international cooperation and new business practice to mitigate these risks and find cost-effective ways to ensure a more resilient food system.  

Key questions for discussion include:

  • What are the greatest threats to the global food trade and what is required to manage the market?
  • Can new business practices mitigate risk across the supply chain? 
  • What are the projected impacts of climate change on different parts of the food system?
  • Can government-industry partnerships facilitate new investment to improve food security?   

The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Twitter
Suggested hashtag: #CHfoodsecurity

Pricing

For any questions about rates, please call +44 (0)20 7314 2782. 

                       FULL RATE
 EXCL. VATINCL. VAT
Major corporate member rates  
All organizations£595£714 
Corporate member rates  
Commercial organizations£1,295£1,554
Government departments£775£930
NGOs and academics£495£594
Standard rates  
Commercial organizations£1,445£1,734 
Government departments£845£1,014
NGOs and academics£550£660

Day one Monday 1 December
09:30-10:15

Chair’s opening remarks
Rob Bailey, Acting Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Opening Keynote Address (on the record)
Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Nigeria

Questions and discussion

Session One | Mapping the Risks
10:15-11:30

  • What are the key risks – by likelihood and severity – that require monitoring and managing?
  • Which countries, populations and businesses face the greatest challenges?
  • What new threats have recently been identified and what impact may they have?
  • What tools can help to predict improbable, but catastrophic, ‘worst case scenarios’?
  • To what extent does food insecurity threaten global political stability?
 Chair
Rob Bailey, Acting Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Speakers
Alejandro Litovsky, Founder and Chief Executive, Earth Security Group

Ian Mitchell, Chair, Agricultural Market Information System and Senior Economic Advisor – International and Strategy, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Reto Schnarwiler, Head Americas and EMEA, Global Partnerships, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Questions and discussion
11:30-12:00    Refreshments

Session Two | Towards a Resilient International Food Trade
12:00-16:00

This session will examine the emerging geography of global food production and consumption, and identify critical vulnerabilities in the global supply chain. Discussion will also evaluate the extent to which existing market governance is fit for purpose and assess the impact of national, regional and international trade policies and agreements.

Identifying vulnerabilities in the global supply chain

  • Which trade routes are of critical importance to the global food system?
  • Where are the respective choke points for import-dependent countries and major export countries?
  • What are the challenges facing strategic infrastructure, storage and distribution? 
  • How can businesses identify supply chain risks of strategic importance? What strategies can help to improve resilience? What are the implications for food security policies?  

Chair
Shawn Donnan, World Trade Editor, Financial Times

Keynote Address (on the record)
Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Executive Chairman, Qatar National Food Security Programme (2008-14)

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Ken Ash, Director, Trade and Agriculture, OECD

Rob Bailey, Acting Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Questions and discussion

13:20-14:30    Lunch

Governing the global food market

  • Does current market regulation sufficiently incorporate food security?
  • How are EU, US and OECD agricultural trade policies likely to evolve?
  • How are emerging economies approaching a greater role in the food trade?  
  • What impact will emerging multilateral and bilateral trade agreements have?
  • What is needed in order to protect the imports of the world’s most food insecure countries?  
  • What financial tools can help to transfer risk and ensure a more resilient agricultural trade? Does current regulation of the commodities market contribute to food security? 
 Chair
Shawn Donnan, World Trade Editor, Financial Times
Speakers Monique Pariat, Deputy Director-General, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
David Shark, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation
Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, United States Department of Agriculture
Dr Christian Häberli, Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute
Tom Kujawa, Head of Softs, Sucden Financial Ltd
Questions and discussion
16:00-16:30    Refreshments

Session Three | The Impacts of Climate Change
16:30-17:30

  • In the light of recent climate science, what are the opportunities and challenges for future food production and distribution?
  • To what extent will climate change cause a long-term reconfiguration of global supply chains?
  • How can the global food system be made more resilient to extreme weather shocks?
  • Can the impacts of climate change on agriculture mobilize support for mitigation measures?

Chair
Damian Carrington, Head of Environment, The Guardian

Speakers
Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist, UN Environment Programme

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

Richard Hall, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Questions and Discussion

17:30 Close of day one and drinks reception

Day Two Tuesday 2 December

Session Four | Stabilising Supply
09:30-10:30

Chair 
Paul McMahon, Managing Partner, SLM Partners LLP and Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House 

Keynote Speakers (on the record)
Dr Kanayo F Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

Meurig Raymond, President, National Farmers’ Union

Questions and Discussion

10:30-11:00   Refreshments

Closing Discussion | Stabilising Supply
11:00-12:45

  • How can national investments in agriculture – both domestic and overseas – mitigate supply risks? What role should private sector investment play?
  • Do new business practices offer opportunities to manage risks across the supply chain? What investment is required? How can public policy support these efforts?
  • How can strategic food reserves provide a defence against food shocks? Is multilateral coordination possible?
  • What are the linkages between water security and the global food system? How can coordinated action stabilise food supply? 
  • Can regional cooperation manage collective risk?

Chair
Rob Bailey, Acting Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House 

Moderated Panel Discussion
Chris Brett, Global Head Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Olam International 

Sophia Murphy, Senior Advisor, Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy       

Arne Cartridge, Senior Director, the World Economic Forum; and CEO, Grow Africa       

Dr Ania Grobicki, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership

Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University

Questions and Discussion

12:45 End of Conference and Lunch

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2014






Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Ken Ash

Director, Trade and Agriculture, OECD

Rob Bailey

Rob Bailey

Acting Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Tim Benton to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2016 conference

Professor Tim Benton

Professor of Population Ecology; UK Champion for Global Food Security, University of Leeds

Chris Brett

Senior Vice-President, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Olam International

Damian Carrington

Head of Environment, The Guardian

Arne Cartridge to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Arne Cartridge

Special Adviser, Yara International and Executive Director, Grow Africa (2012-2016)

Shawn Donnan

World Trade Editor, Financial Times

Joseph Glauber

Chief Economist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Dr Ania Grobicki

Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership

Dr Christian Häberli

Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute

Tom Kujawa

Head of Softs, Sucden Financial Limited

Professor Tim Lang

Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University London

Alejandro Litovsky

Founder and Chief Executive, Earth Security Group

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Chief Scientist, UN Environment Programme

Dr Paul McMahon

Managing Partner, SLM Partners LLP; Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Ian Mitchell

Chair, Agricultural Market Information System; Senior Economic Advisor – International and Strategy, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Sophia Murphy

Senior Adviser, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Monique Pariat

Deputy Director-General, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Reto Schnarwiler

Head Americas and EMEA, Global Partnerships, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

David Shark

Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact George Woodhams on +44 (0)20 7957 5732 or email gwoodhams@chathamhouse.org.

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This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government and academic institutions. Previous food security conferences saw delegates from the following companies and institutions:

AB Agri LtdAction Against Hunger (ACF UK)
ActionAid UK
Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA)
Agricultural Industries Confederation
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Asian Development Bank
Avaaz
Barclays Plc
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Biodiversity International (UK)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
BP Biofuels UK Ltd
BP International
British Retail Consortium
CABI
Cardiff University (BRASS)
Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
Christian Aid
CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center)
Coca-Cola
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
Concern Worldwide
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Co-operative Group
CropLife International
CSEM SA
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Department for International Development (DFID)
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Development Initiatives
Eden Project
Ethical Investment Research Services Ltd (EIRIS)
European Commission
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Fairfood International
Fauna & Flora International
Finnish Food and Drink Industries Federation
Food and Beverage International
Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
Forest Footprint Disclosure Project
Friends of the Earth
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Government of Nigeria
Greenpeace International
Heifer International
HSBC Bank Plc
ILEIA - Centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Imperial College London
Institute for Economics and Forecasting
Institute of Development Research
International Federation for Animal Health
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
International Sustainability Unit
Lilly / Elanco
Lloyds Banking Group
London School of Economics
Max Havelaar Foundation
Mercator Foundation Switzerland
Millenium Institute
Ministry of Defence
Mondelez International (Kraft Foods)
Mondi Group
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
Rainforest Alliance
Renaissance Group
Royal Bank of Scotland
Sarasin & Partners LLP
Save the Children UK
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 InstituteTwenty
Fifty Ltd
UK Food and Drink Federation
Unilever plc
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
URALCHEM
Vireol
Vitol
Wageningen University
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
World Vision UK
WWF-UK
Yara SA

 

Twitter Suggested hashtag: #CHfoodsecurity



Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7957 5729
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710

If you wish to book the venue for your event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764

 

Directions

The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is on the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Underground lines. From Piccadilly follow Regent Street southwards towards Pall Mall and take the first road on the right called Jermyn Street. Duke of York Street is the second road on the left and leads to St James's Square. Chatham House is immediately on your right.

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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.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1J 7BH
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Standard Single from £199 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1Y 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Standard Single £205 + VAT

To book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London by Kempinski
St James's Place
London
SW1A 1NJ
Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121
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