Past event

Conference

A Sustainable Food Future

Production, Supply and Consumption

7 Dec 2015 - 09:30 to 8 Dec 2015 - 13:30

Chatham House, London

Following the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015, the implications of the agreed goals on the global food system need to be addressed.  

A key feature of the Sustainable Development Goals is the recognition of interdependencies across the food system between production and consumption, resource use, international policies, support for smallholder farmers, agricultural value chains and health. Changes in food production and consumption, vulnerabilities and inefficiencies in food systems and the implications of these for policy and business, as well as the climate impact of the sector and the connection between food and resource use must therefore be confronted. 

This conference will bring together policy-makers, businesses and NGOs to critically consider strategies to tackle the challenges presented by the Sustainable Development Goals and to develop a more robust food system while exploring opportunities for investment, reducing environmental impact and improving health.  

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: #CHFoodfuture

Pricing

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please call +44 (0)20 7314 2785. 

                       FULL RATE
 EXCL. VATINCL. VAT
Major corporate member rates  
All organizations£625£750
Corporate member rates  
Commercial organizations£1,360£1,632
Government departments£795£954
NGOs and academics£525£630
Standard rates  
Commercial organizations£1,495£1,794 
Government departments£895£1,074
NGOs and academics£580£696
 

 

Monday 7 December

Session One | Sustainable Development Goals: Towards 2030
09:20 - 11:00

  • What are the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals on the global food system? 
  • What are the biggest challenges in meeting the goals, be they political, environmental, technical or operational?
  • How might policy mechanisms be used to achieve sustainable food systems, food security and nutrition at global level? What is the role for national and international actors? 
  • How can the private sector be encouraged to bear a responsibility for developing a sustainable food system? Are public private partnerships the right approach, and if so, how can they be fostered?

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

Keynote speaker
Dr Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Bernard Lehmann, Director General, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland
Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, DG International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Gerda Verburg, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to FAO, IFAD and WFP, and Chair, Committee on World Food Security (2013-15)
David Kennedy, Director General for Economic Development, Department for International Development

Questions and discussion

11:00 - 11:30 Refreshments

Session Two | Sustainable Production and Consumption
11:30 - 13:00

  • What patterns of food production and consumption need to be developed to ensure a sustainable global food system? What are the roles of technology, education and government policy within this framework?
  • How can the agricultural productivity of small-scale farmers be improved? In achieving this, what is the role of access to land and resources, education, markets and financial services?
  • What impact will changes in food demand in developing and emerging economies have on global food production? 
  • Where and how might other policy agendas, in particular health, be leveraged to encourage more sustainable consumption patterns in developed and developing countries? 
  • How might public attitudes and awareness around the environmental impacts of diets be influenced, and to what extent is this necessary to shift consumption patterns? 

Chair 
Gerda Verburg, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to FAO, IFAD and WFP, and Chair, Committee on World Food Security (2013-15) 

In conversation with
Shenggen Fan, Director-General, International Food Policy Research Institute 
Florence Chenoweth, Retired Minister of Agriculture, Liberia

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Professor Tony Ryan OBE, Director, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Janet Ranganathan, Vice President for Science and Research, World Resources Institute

Questions and discussion

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch

Session Two | continued
14:15 - 15:45 

Chair 
Dr Joachim von Braun, Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn and Member, Montpellier Panel

Keynote speaker
Dr Robert Johansson, Chief Economist, US Department of Agriculture 

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Tim Hanstad, Co-founder and Senior Advisor, Landesa
Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery, President, International Fertilizer Industry Association, and President, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company
Dyborn Chibonga, Chief Executive Office, National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi

Questions and discussion
  
15:45 - 16:15 Refreshments

Session Three | Food Value Chain Sustainability and Efficiency
16:15 - 17:15    

  • How can vital resources, including water and land, be costed in food production and trade, and what might be the incentives for doing so?
  • What policy or regulatory options are available to governments seeking to promote less resource-intensive production? 
  • How can the business case for developing sustainability across the food value chain be strengthened, is there sufficient understanding of food security issues within industry and what can be done to ensure food businesses play their role?
  • How can responsible ingredient sourcing be demonstrated by industry and is there a role for collaboration in supporting this?
  • How might businesses reduce food waste along the supply chain, from harvest to consumer, to bring both environmental and cost benefits? 

Chair
Professor Tony Ryan OBE, Director, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Speakers
Jonathan Brooks, Head of the Agro-Food Trade and Markets Division, OECD
Ulrike Sapiro, Sustainability Director, The Coca-Cola Company and President, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
Dan Crossley, Executive Director, Food Ethics Council
Mark Little, Head of Food Waste Reduction, Tesco

Questions and discussion

17:15 Close of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House


Tuesday 8 December

Session Four | Mobilizing Food Research, Development and Finance 
09:30 - 11:15

  • What can be done to support technological developments with the potential to revolutionise global food systems?
  • What are the barriers to scaling up existing technologies? How might these barriers be overcome within Europe as well as in developing countries?
  • How can the private sector be incentivised to invest in the development of agribusiness?
  • How can international cooperation be encouraged to increase investment in the food system including in technological advancements? 
  • To what extent can unconventional protein sources (including plant-based protein, algae and lab-grown meat) and genetically modified crops and animal products contribute to more sustainable, more nutritious and fairer consumption patterns? 

Chair
Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London and Chair, Montpellier Panel

Keynote speakers
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Questions and discussion

George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment, UK 

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Frank Rijsberman, Chief Executive Officer, CGIAR Consortium
Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security​
Nick von Westenholz, CEO, Crop Protection Association 

Questions and discussion

11:15 - 11:45 Refreshments

Session Five | Resilience of the Food System
11:45 - 13:00

  • Can the food system adapt globally to the changing geography of food surpluses and deficits? What infrastructure challenges does this present? 
  • What are the main points of vulnerability for critical food infrastructure, e.g. storage, inland transport, ports and maritime corridors? How should the associated risks be shared and managed by the private and public sector?
  • How resilient is the food system, at global and regional level, to political disruption and protectionist trade policies, and how might these risks be better mitigated?
  • What can be achieved at national levels to build resilience around food production and food security? What is the role of the insurance sector and of investors? Where is cooperative action needed at regional or global level?

Chair 
Dr Christian Häberli, Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute

Keynote speaker
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme

Questions and discussion

Moderated panel discussion
Dr Joachim von Braun, Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn and Member, Montpellier Panel
Marc Sadler, Adviser, Risk and Markets, Agriculture, The World Bank
Matt Jansen, Chief Executive Officer, Noble Agri 

Questions and discussion

13:00 Lunch & end of conference
 

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Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Adrian Aebi to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Adrian Aebi

Assistant Director General, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland

Rob Bailey to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Rob Bailey

Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Rob Bertram to speak at Chatham House A sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Rob Bertram

Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security

Jonathan Brooks to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Jonathan Brooks

Head of the Agro-Food Trade and Markets Division, OECD

Dr Joachim von Braun to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Dr Joachim von Braun

Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Dyborn Chibonga to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Dyborn Chibonga

Chief Executive Office, National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM)

Sir Gordon Conway to speak at Chatham House Food 2015 conference

Sir Gordon Conway

Professor of International Development, Imperial College London

Dan Crossley to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Dan Crossley

Executive Director, Food Ethics Council

Antony Froggatt

Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House

Dr Christian Häberli

Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute

Tim Hanstad to speak at Chatham House Food 2015 conference

Tim Hanstad

Co-founder and Senior Advisor, Landesa

Matt Jansen to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Matt Jansen

Chief Executive Officer, Noble Agri

Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery

Chairman of International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA)

David Kennedy to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

David Kennedy

Director General for Economic Development, Department for International Development

Mark Little to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Mark Little

Head of Food Waste Reduction, Tesco

Janet Ranganathan to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Janet Ranganathan

Vice President for Science and Research, World Resources Institute

Robert Ridolfi to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Roberto Ridolfi

Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, DG International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Frank Rijsberman to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Frank Rijsberman

Chief Executive Officer, CGIAR Consortium

Professor Tony Ryan to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Professor Tony Ryan

Director, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Marc Sadler to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Marc Sadler

Adviser, Risk and Markets, Agriculture, The World Bank

Ulrike Sapiro to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Ulrike Sapiro

Sustainability Director, The Coca-Cola Company and President, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

Gerda Verburg to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

Nick Von Westenholz to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

Nick Von Westenholz

Chief Executive, Crop Protection Association


*In principle 

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

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Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK
conferences@chathamhouse.org

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7314 2785
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710

If you wish to book the venue for your own 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

Book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121

Standard Single £230 +VAT

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