Conference

A Sustainable Food Future 2016

Climate Change, Urbanization and Innovation

5 Dec 2016 - 09:30 to 6 Dec 2016 - 13:30
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Royal Society of Arts

International agreements, increasing urbanization and climate change are putting pressure on the global food system. The annual Chatham House food conference will address the specific challenges that need to be overcome to improve sustainability and food security, deliver carbon reductions in the food system, and the role of policy, industry and civil society in achieving these goals.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the COP21 climate change commitments – In order to satisfy these agreements, how will food production and consumption approaches need to be reassessed by countries, companies and individuals? Key areas for improvement include tackling food waste, changing consumption and improving the ecological efficiency of food production. 
     
  • Demographic shifts and increasing urbanization – These are furthering the need for, and accelerating, changes to farming systems. Methods for adaption to a low carbon, urbanized world and the potential for entrepreneurial approaches and new technologies to generate solutions will be assessed. 
     
  • Sustainable development and resilience - To ensure food security and economic development, resilience must be improved. As climate risk grows, how can investment be mobilized to help prevent serious disruption and what risk management mechanisms, including insurance, are available?

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:#CHFood

Monday 5 December
0930

Session One | Global Commitments in Practice
09:30 – 11:15

With international agreements being made at both the UN Sustainable Development Goals meeting in New York and at COP21 in Paris, how these commitments will be achieved, and the role of the global food system in the process, must be assessed.  

  • What are the implications of COP21 and the SDGs for food and agriculture? What are the next steps for implementation and to what extent is there accountability and with whom does it lie?
  • How are agriculture and food waste reduction featured in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) of developing and developed countries and what does this mean for agricultural systems therein as well as for the global food system?
  • How can the finance required to satisfy these agreements through supporting food and agricultural developments be mobilized? What innovative approaches are emerging?
  • What would a 2-degree or 1.5-degree pathway mean for agriculture and land use?
  • What global trends will emerge over the coming decades within which these goals should be met?

Chair
John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation

Ministerial address
George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Questions and discussion

Moderated discussion

Moderator
John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation

Panellists
Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Professor Måns Nilsson, Deputy Director and Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute 
Carmel Cahill, Deputy Director, Directorate for Trade and Agriculture, OECD 

Questions and discussion

1115 – 1145 Refreshments

Session Two | Innovation in Food Production and Sustainable Intensification
11:45 – 13:00

  • What is the need and potential for innovative forms of urban farming to sustainably produce food for growing and concentrated populations? What challenges do these systems face?
  • What improved farming practices are being developed that increase productivity while protecting the environment? 
  • How significant is the impact of soil erosion on agricultural systems and how can it be avoided? 
  • What developments have been made in genetically modified crops? To what extent are they likely to be taken up more widely, and what role might they play in more sustainable food production? 

Chair 
Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

Speakers
Marc Sadler, Global Lead, Climate Smart Agriculture, The World Bank 
David Morgan, Global Head Vegetables Business Unit, Syngenta
Professor Tony Ryan, Director, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Mark Pettigrew, European Agricultural Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo 

Questions and discussion

13:10 – 14:10 Lunch

Session Three | The Food Waste Challenge 
14:10 – 15:30

  • How can retailers and consumers be motivated to avoid food waste? Has food been devalued in developed economies, and how might this value be restored?
  • What policy mechanisms can be used to reduce food losses and waste across the supply chain?
  • What strategies can be used to prevent food waste post-harvest?  How can packaging and transportation be best deployed to improve food security? 
  • What are the practical challenges of food redistribution for human consumption
  • To what extent can innovation and disruptive technologies address the food waste problem?

Chair 
Miranda Johnson, Environment correspondent, The Economist 

Speakers
Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute, and CEO, Wrap (2007-16)
John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation 
Elise Golan, Director for Sustainable Development, US Department of Agriculture 
Tim Smith, Group Quality Director, Tesco 

Questions and discussion

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon refreshments

Session Four | Consumption Trends and Food Choices
16:00 – 17:15

  • What are the effects of continued urbanization and income growth on global consumption trends in terms of dietary diversity, health, and demand for livestock and dairy products?
  • What global policies can help to ensure food and nutrition security through urbanization and changing consumption patterns? 
  • Should consumers be encouraged to adopt more sustainable diets, and if so, how? Are attempts to raise awareness sufficient?
  • What is the potential for alternative proteins, such as insects, to contribute to more sustainable consumption patterns? 

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

Speakers
Francesco Branca, Director of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO
Tara Garnett, Head, Food Climate Research Network, University of Oxford  
Nick Rousseau, Managing Director, Woven Network 

Questions and discussion

1715 Close of day one and drinks reception 


Tuesday 6 December
0930

Session Five | Sustainable Development through Agriculture
09:30 – 11:00

Ensuring sustainable and profitable agricultural systems in developing economies is critical for growth. Pressures on agricultural systems include increasing urbanization, competition for land use and environmental factors. This session will address how these challenges might be managed and look at new approaches to overcome them. 

  • How can effective partnerships for sustainable food systems along value chains be built and developed by multinational organizations? 
  • How can farmers, especially women, be empowered and their livelihoods made more secure through improved access to resources including land, finance and education?
  • What can be done to make farming more attractive to the next generation? 
  • What role might entrepreneurs have in fostering sustainable and transparent supply chains and developing new approaches to the food system?

Chair 
Duncan Cameron, Professor of Plant and Soil Biology, Royal Society University Research Fellow

Keynote speaker
Shenggen Fan, Director-General, International Food Policy Research Institute 

Questions and discussion

Moderated discussion    

Arne Cartridge, Special Adviser, Yara International and Executive Director, Grow Africa (2012-2016)
Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement 
Dominique Kohli, Assistant Director-General, International Affairs, Research and Innovation Directorate, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland
Friedrich Wacker, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Global Food Policy, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany and Chair, Agricultural Market Information System 

Questions and discussion

11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments

Session Six | Risk Management and Resilience across the Supply Chain
11:45 – 13:00

  • What are the challenges of measuring risk across a global supply chain, where economic, political and environmental factors combine? 
  • How can supply chain resilience be improved while maintaining efficiency?
  • How might cooperation in terms of risk management or information sharing across borders be developed?
  • How might financiers and international finance institutions facilitate a move towards future-proofing and resilience building? What are the challenges for insurers?

Chair
Professor Måns Nilsson, Deputy Director and Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute 

Speakers 
Rob Vos, Director, Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO 
Andre Fourie, Head of Water Security and Environmental Value, SABMiller
Laura Wellesley, Research Associate, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Alastair MacGregor, Chief Operating Officer, Trucost

Questions and discussion

1300 End of conference

 

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Pricing

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please call Dora Rencoret on +44 (0)207 314 2785

 RATE (+VAT)
 
  
Major corporate members 
All organizations£645
Standard corporate members 
Commercial organizations£1,390
Government departments£820
NGOs and academics£540
Non-members 
Commercial organizations£1,535
Government departments£920
NGOs and academics£595

Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Rob Bailey to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Rob Bailey

Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Dr Francesco Branca to speak at the Chatham House conference: A Sustainable Food Future 2016

Dr Francesco Branca

Director, Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO

Carmel Cahill to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Carmel Cahill

Deputy Director, Directorate for Trade and Agriculture, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Duncan Cameron to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food 2016 conference

Duncan Cameron

Professor of Plant and Soil Biology, Royal Society University Research Fellow, The University of Sheffield

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

Arne Cartridge

Special Adviser, Yara International and Executive Director, Grow Africa (2012-16)

Mihail Dumitru to speak at the Chatham House conference: A Sustainable Food Future 2016

Mihail Dumitru

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

Andre Fourie to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Andre Fourie

Head of Water Security and Environmental Value, SABMiller

Tara Garnett to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Tara Garnett

Head, Food Climate Research Network, University of Oxford

Elise Golan to speak at the Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Elise Golan

Director for Sustainable Development, US Department of Agriculture

Liz Goodwin to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Liz Goodwin OBE

Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute and CEO, WRAP (2007-16)

Miranda Johnson to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Miranda Johnson

Environment correspondent, The Economist

Dominique Kohli to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food 2016 conference

Dominique Kohli

Assistant Director-General, International Affairs, Research and Innovation Directorate, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland

Alastair MacGregor to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Alastair MacGregor

Chief Operating Officer, Trucost

John Mandyck to speak at Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

John Mandyck

Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation

David Morgan to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

David Morgan

Global Head Vegetable Seeds Business Unit, Syngenta

Professor Måns Nilsson

Deputy Director and Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Mark Pettigrew to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Mark Pettigrew

European Agricultural Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo

Nick Rousseau to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Nick Rousseau

Managing Director, Woven Network

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

Global Lead, Climate Smart Agriculture

Tim Smith to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Tim Smith

Group Quality Director, Tesco

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

Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

Rob Vos to speak at the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Rob Vos

Director, Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO

Friedrich Wacker

Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Global Food Policy, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany

Laura Wellesley, Research Associate, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Laura Wellesley

Research Associate, Energy, Environment and Resources

Sponsors

The Grantham Centre sponsor of Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2015 conference

PepsiCo to sponsor the Chatham House Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

United Technologies to sponsor Chatham House A Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

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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

Media partners

Agribusiness Intelligence to partner with Chatham House on the Sustainable Food Future conference

British Soft Drinks Association to partner with Chatham House on the A Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Corporate Citizenship Briefing to partner with Chatham House on the Climate Change 2016 conference

Food Drink Europe to partner with Chatham House on A Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

Food Storage and Distribution Federation to partner with Chatham House on the Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference

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If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact Amy Smith on +44 (0)20 7957 5755

Venue

Royal Society of Arts
8 John Adam Street
London
WC2N 6EZ 

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Due to refurbishment works at Chatham House in the summer, please note that this conference will not be held at Chatham House and will take place at the above venue. 

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 Chatham House conference 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 £195 + 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 £235 +VAT

The Savoy London
Strand
London - WC2R 0EU

Tel: 020 7836 4343
Fax: 020 7240 6040 

Standard Single from £250 +VAT

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