Past eventInvitation OnlyParliamentary Briefing

The Future of Food: Challenges for Developed and Developing Countries

1 July 2008 - 12:00am to 11:00pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University; Team Member, Chatham House research project, UK Food Supply in the 21st Century: The New Dynamic (2006-present)
Alex Evans, Non-resident Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University and author, Chatham House Briefing Paper Rising Food Prices: Drivers and Implications for Development (April 2008)
Chair: Lesley Curwen, Presenter, BBC World Service



This briefing will assess the significance of changes in global food supply driven in part by steep rises in key commodity prices. Addressing the issues across a broad political, economic and social spectrum, the speakers will outline why food supply has become such a major political concern and consider the implications for the UK/EU and the developing world:

  • The longer-term need for a dramatic expansion of global food production
  • The use of land for food production versus biofuels
  • Rising costs for the provision of humanitarian assistance
  • The risks of growing trade protectionism and reform of the CAP
  • What should a global food policy aim to achieve?

Please note these Briefings are for MPs and peers only.