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Conference

Food Security 2009

Achieving Long-term Solutions

2 Nov 2009 - 00:00 to 4 Nov 2009 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

Following our successful food security conference in 2008, this year's event will tackle the politics and science surrounding global food security.

Food security - affordability and access of great concern

While forecasts for harvest and stocks are broadly positive, the experience of the last two years combined with the current economic downturn suggests that volatility is likely to be a feature of food markets for some time yet.
The FAO estimates that the number of undernourished people worldwide has risen by 115 million recently, noting that one billion people - 15% of the global population - now do not get enough food to eat.

  • A year or more on from the 2008 food price crisis have the lessons been learned?
  • How have national food security strategies and the international framework changed?
  • What more is needed to ensure adequate global supply, the proper functioning of global food markets and to improve food affordability?
  • How can policy-makers and opinion formers ensure public understanding of the issues and risks, and support for the changes ahead?
  • What more should the governments and businesses do to ensure the long-term sustainability of global food production?

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists >>

Press can request a press pass using the form below.

Crop Protection Monthly

Earthscan

Food and Beverage International

Food and Drink Federation

National Association of British and Irish Millers

National Farmers' Union


If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact Esther Stoffels on +44 (0)20 7957 5753 or email estoffels@chathamhouse.org.uk.

DAY ONE: THE POLITICS OF FOOD SECURITY
Monday 2 November 2009

Session One
Food Flows: The Impact of Trade and Supply Chains on Food Availability

  • A year or more on from the 2008 food crisis have the lessons been learned?
  • How have national food security strategies and the international framework changed?
  • What more is needed to ensure adequate global supply, the proper functioning of global food markets and to improve food affordability

09.30

Chair Dr David Nabarro CBE
Assistant Secretary General
United Nations

09.40 Keynote Panel (on the record)

Dr Kanayo Nwanze
President
International Fund for Agricultural Development

Andrew Steer
Director General, Policy and Research Division
Department for International Development, UK

Dr Bayu Krisnamurthi
Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Marine Sectors
Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Indonesia

11.10 Refreshments

Session Two
Who Should Grow Food Where?

  • How can the benefits of international investment in land be maximized and the risks controlled?
  • Can the competing demands of biofuel and food for land and resources be reconciled?
  • In a high-income world, are we using the most productive land to produce food? If not, why not?

Chair Andrew Jarvis
Senior Research Fellow
Chatham House

11.35 Keynote Address (on the record)
Kenji Hiramatsu
Deputy Director General, Economic Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

12.00 Speaker Panel

Elvis Musiba
Board Director of the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and Executive Chairman of Corporate Advisory Services

Mark Cackler
Sector Manager, Agriculture & Rural Development Department
The World Bank

Dr Samson Lukare Kwaje
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Government of South Sudan

13.00 Lunch

Session Three
Climate Change and Food Security: Competing agendas?

  • What impacts will international agreements on climate change have on food security?
  • Where do resources and research effort need to be deployed if the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use change are to be cut even as food supply rises?

Chair Andrew Steer

14.05 Professor Robert Watson (on the record)
Chief Scientific Adviser
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Dr Joachim von Braun (on the record)
Director General
International Food Policy Research Institute

15.15 Refreshments

Session Four
The Politics of R & D

  • What policies are required to encourage effective R & D at the national, EU and international levels?
  • Can we mobilize global linkages in science to enhance the impact of R & D on development?
  • How can governments engage with consumers to encourage the understanding of evidence-based regulatory policy?
  • How can governments engage with consumers to encourage the understanding of evidence-based regulatory policy?
  • Hoe can policy-makers and opinion formers ensure public understanding of the issues and risks, and support for the changes ahead
  • How can public/private partnerships leverage pro-poor R & D?

Chair Joachim von Braun

15.40 Professor Judi Wakhungu
Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya and Co-chair, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development

Professor Nuhu Hatibu
Chief Executive
Kilimo Trust, Uganda

Professor Lawrence Haddad
Director, Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex

17.00 End of day one and drinks reception

DAY TWO: THE SCIENCE OF FOOD SECURITY
Tuesday 3 November 2009

09.30
Session Five
Growing Food

The role of R & D:

  • How can science Feed into technologies that we will require to help to feed ourselves?
  • What are the consequences for production systems and trade?

Chair Professor Judi Wakhungu
Executive Directo, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya and Co-chair, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development

09.40 Dr Mahabub Hossain
Executive Director
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee

Jeffrey R Currie
Head of Commodities Research
Goldman Sachs

10.30 Refreshments

Session Six
Use of Resources

  • What are the options for a sustainable and balanced development of agriculture for food
    and fuel?
  • What does current research knowledge tell us about effective agricultural practices?
  • How can this knowledge be transmitted to those most in need of it?
  • Fairtrade has recently become mainstream to ensure sustainable supply of basic commodities. Will this become universal?
  • Agriculture is a very water-intensive activity. How can its dependence on water be reduced?

Chair Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS
Chair
The Royal Society Working Group on Food Crop Production, UK

11.05 Keynote Panel (On the record)
The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Secretary of State
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Michael Mack
Chief Executive
Syngenta AG

Dr Letitia Obeng
Chair
Global Water Partnership

13.00 Lunch

Session Seven
Creating Policy Frameworks for Long-term Solutions

14.00 Chair David Nabarro
Assistant Secretary General
United Nations

14.10 Keynote Address
Professor John Beddington CMG FRS
Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science

14.30 Panel discussion: What are the key effective and evidence based policy frameworks for long-term solutions?

Moderator David Nabarro CBE

Discussants Professor John Beddington CMG FRS

Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS

Dr Mahabub Hossain

15.45 End of conference and refreshments

This is a draft agenda and as such may be subject to change

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2009

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

Our previous food security conference 'Food Security in the 21st Century' in September 2008 saw delegates from the following companies and institutions:

ActionAid
ADAS Ltd
Agricultural Industries Confederation
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Meat Services
Andalucian School of Public Health (EASP)
Aon UK
BP plc
British Red Cross
Cabinet Office
Canadian High Commission
Central Science Laboratory (CSA)
Church Commissioners for England
Climate Change Capital
Commonwealth Secretariat
Concern Worldwide
Country Land and Business Association
Dairy Co
Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Department for International Development (DFID)
Deutsche Bank
DLA Piper UK LLP
East of England Development Agency (EEDA)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Eden Project
Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Embassy of the Republic of Hungary
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Embassy of the United States of America
English Farming & Food Partnerships
Environmental Change Institute
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
European Research into Consumer Affairs
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
First Milk Ltd
Food and Drink Federation
Food Standards Agency
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
French Embassy (Economic & Commercial Section)
GlaxoSmithKline
HM Treasury
Home Grown Cereals Authority
House of Commons (Department of Chamber and Committee Services)
House of Lords
HSBC Holdings plc
Imperial Tobacco Ltd
Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
Institute of Grocery Distribution
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
LGC
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mitsui & Co UK PLC
Muntons Plc
National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM)
National Farmers' Union
Nestlé UK Ltd
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Rank Hovis (Premier Foods)
Research Councils UK
Rothamsted Research
Royal Agricultural College
Royal Agricultural Society of England
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
SABMiller plc
Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
Scottish Agriculture College
Scottish Government
Serco Group plc
Soil Association
South Centre
Syngenta (European Regional Centre)
Syngenta (Jealott's Hill International Research Centre)
The Organic Research Centre
UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)
Unilever Plc
University of Melbourne
University of Wales
University of Westminster
Vegetarian Economy & Green Agriculture (VEGA)
Waitrose
Ware Anthony Rust
Wilton Park Conferences
Women's Food and Farming Union (WFU)
World Trade Organization
WWF-UK