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Food Security 2010

Making Food Security Work: Matching supply to demand

6 Dec 2010 - 00:00 to 8 Dec 2010 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

How can governments and the private sector work together to ensure a secure and sustainable balance between food supply and demand?

Volatility in food and agricultural commodities prices appears to have become a permanent feature of global markets. The relative stability of the past few decades has been broken, largely through increased consumer demand.

This conference will gather business leaders and representatives from governments, multilateral agencies, international and non-governmental organizations to discuss the way forward in establishing a secure and sustainable balance between supply and demand. Questions to be discussed include:

  • What impact do distortions in the market, eg subsidies, protectionism, food aid etc, have on food availability?
  • Is food distribution sufficiently prioritized within infrastructure plans?
  • From local to global: how effective are market information systems?
  • What role can Big Food companies play in sustainable food chains?
  • What can be done to ensure the dissemination and adoption of good farming practices?

  • Michael Anderson

    • Director General for Policy and Global Issues
  • Jack A Bobo

    • Senior Advisor for Biotechnology, Office of Agriculture Affairs
  • Chris Brett

    • Senior Vice President and Head – CS and Sustainability
  • Dr Mike Bushell

    • Principal Scientific Advisor, Global R&D
  • Andrew Coker

    • Head of Corporate Affairs UK and Ireland
  • Sir Gordon Conway

    • Professor of International Development, Centre for Environmental Policy
  • Karl Deering

    • Head of Climate Change and Hunger
  • Dominic Dyer

    • Chief Executive
  • Ambassador William J Garvelink

    • Deputy Coordinator for Development
  • Edward Heinemann

    • Team Leader, Rural Poverty Report 2011
  • Anne Jellema

    • International Policy Director
  • Gilles Mettetal

    • Director, Agribusiness
  • Professor Maurice Moloney

    • Director
  • Dr David Nabarro CBE

    • Assistant Secretary General
  • Gerald Nelson

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Dr Kanayo Nwanze

    • President
  • Séan Rickard

    • Senior Lecturer in Business Economics
  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP

    • Secretary of State
  • Professor Robert Watson

    • Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Jeremy Webb

    • Editor in Chief

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DAY ONE
Monday 6 December 2010

Session One
Overview

  • What are the elements affecting food production: climate change, change of land use, water shortage, morbidity?
  • What are the causes of increased food demand: population growth, increased wealth?
  • What can be done to ensure that people have access to the food they need when they need it?
  • How should food security be kept as a live political issue, and the money coming through?

09.30 Chair
Dr David Nabarro CBE
Assistant Secretary General
United Nations

09.40 Keynote Address
Dr Kanayo Nwanze (on the record)
President
International Fund for Agricultural Development

10.00 Questions and discussion

10.15 Speaker panel
Sir Gordon Conway
Professor of International Development, Centre for Environmental Policy
Imperial College London

Gerald Nelson
Senior Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute

Anne Jellema
International Policy Director
ActionAid

Edward Heinemann
Team Leader, Rural Poverty Report 2011
International Fund for Agricultural Development

Michael Anderson
Director General for Policy and Global Issues
UK Department for International Development

11.10 - 11.30 Refreshments

Session Two
Growing Food

  • Are we reaching the limits of suitable and available farming land?
  • Investment in land: are we now closer to a framework that will facilitate investment without damaging communities?
  • How can governments and the private sector work together to provide suitable and adequate technologies, such as fertilizers and seeds?
  • How best can funding for climate adaptation funding help agricultural development in the developing world?
  • What can be done to ensure the dissemination and adoption of good farming practices and increase productivity?

11.30 Chair
Jeremy Webb
Editor in Chief
New Scientist

11.35 Opening Address
Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP (on the record)
Secretary of State
UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

11.55 Questions and Discussion

12.05 Keynote Address
Dr Mike Bushell (on the record)
Principal Scientific Advisor, Global R&D
Syngenta

12.35 Speakers
Professor Robert Watson
Chief Scientific Adviser
UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Karl Deering
Head of Climate Change and Hunger
CARE International UK

12.55 Questions & Discussion

13.15 - 14.15 Lunch

Session Three
The Role of Science and Technology in Meeting the Global Food Security Threat

The world faces an unprecedented double challenge over the next 40 years, it needs to produce more food, but in a way that does not degrade the natural resources on which the agriculture and food production depends and it needs to decrease the food chain's reliance on fossil fuels, which is a key factor in global climate change.

  • How best can we use of science and technology in agriculture and food production to meet this challenge?

14.15 Chair
Dominic Dyer
Chief Executive
Crop Protection Association

14.25 Speaker Panel
Jack A Bobo
Senior Advisor for Biotechnology, Office of Agriculture Affairs
US Department of State

Professor Maurice Moloney
Director
Rothamsted Research Institute

Séan Rickard
Senior Lecturer in Business Economics
Cranfield School of Management

14.55 Questions and Discussion

15.25-15.55 Refreshments

Session Four
Getting Food to Market

  • How well do alternative models of food distribution work?
  • What can food companies do to ensure that food chains are sustainable? What do they need from government in order to enable this?
  • Is food distribution sufficiently prioritized within infrastructure plans?
  • Are Africa and Asia getting the infrastructure they need for food to move? If not, why not?
  • What can be done to ensure adequate food storage suitable for local conditions?

15.55 Chair
Andrew Coker
Head of Corporate Affairs UK and Ireland
Syngenta

16.00 Keynote Address
Ambassador William J Garvelink (on the record)
Deputy Coordinator for Development
United States Agency for International Development

16.20 Questions and Discussion

16.30 Speakers
Chris Brett
Senior Vice President and Head - CS and Sustainability
Olam International Ltd

Gilles Mettetal
Director, Agribusiness
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

17.00 Questions and Discussion

17.30 Reception

DAY TWO
Tuesday 7 December

Session Five
Making Food Markets Work

  • What impact do distortions in the market, eg subsidies, protectionism, food aid etc, have on food availability?
  • What innovative solutions exist to deal with market failure? What role can the public and private sectors play?
  • Export bans and restrictions: what progress has been made in avoiding price spikes? Are new foods trading patterns (direct lease/purchase) going to make a difference?
  • Can international commodity markets provide solutions to price volatility and insecurity of supply?
  • Speculation in food commodities - is there a case for controls?
  • Stocks - do they have any role today?
  • From local to global: how effective are market information systems?

09.30 Chair
Andrew Jarvis
Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme
Chatham House

09.35 Speaker Panel
Brendan Bayley
European Economic Reform Team
HM Treasury

09.45
Sudakshina Unnikrishnan
Commodities Research
Barclays Capital

09.55
Jeffery Currie
Global Head of Commodities Research
Goldman Sachs International

10.05
Richard Davis
Fund Manager
BlackRock

10.15
Christopher Delgado
Program Manager, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program and
Strategy and Policy Adviser, Agriculture and Rural Development
World Bank

10.25 Questions and Discussion

11.00 - 11.30 Refreshment break

11.30 Comment and open discussion

Gerald Nelson
Senior Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute

Anne Jellema
International Policy Director
ActionAid

12.15 Concluding remarks

Andrew Jarvis

12.30 End of conference and lunch

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2010

This annual Food Security conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government and academic institutions. Previously, the following organizations were represented:

Accenture
ActionAid UK
ADAS Ltd
Agricultural Industries Confederation
Aon UK
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
BP plc
British American Tobacco
British Meat Processors Association
British Sugar plc
Cabinet Office
Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
Central Science Laboratory (CSA)
Coca-Cola Great Britain
Commonwealth Secretariat
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
Concern Worldwide
Country Land and Business Association
Dairy Co
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK
Department for Energy and Climate Change, UK
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, UK
Department for International Development, UK
Department for Work and Pensions, UK
Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
DLA Piper UK LLP
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Eden Project
English Farming & Food Partnerships
Environmental Change Institute
Ethical Investment Research Services Ltd (EIRIS)
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
FARM-Africa
Federal Ministry of Agriculture Forestry Environment and Water Management (Austria)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Food and Drink Federation
Food Standards Agency
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Greenpeace International
HM Treasury
Home Grown Cereals Authority
Horticultural Development Company
House of Commons (Department of Chamber and Committee Services)
Imperial College London
Imperial Tobacco Ltd
Institute of Grocery Distribution
Inter Agency Standing Committee -Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response
International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD)
International Grains Council
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
LGC
Lotus Global Consultants
MillwardBrown
Mitsui & Co., Europe Plc
Muntons Plc
National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM)
Nestlé UK Ltd
New Economics Foundation (NEF)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Plan UK
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Rank Hovis (Premier Foods)
Research Councils UK
Royal Agricultural College
Royal Agricultural Society of England
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
SABMiller plc
Scottish Government
Standard Chartered Bank
Syngenta AG
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation
The Food and Evironment Research Agency
The Organic Research Centre
The Soil Association
Total
Transparency International (UK)
UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)
Unilever PLC
Vegetarian Economy & Green Agriculture (VEGA)
Waitrose
Wellcome Trust
Women's Food and Farming Union (WFU)
WWF-UK