Food Futures

Towards Sustainable Production and Consumption

9 Dec 2013 - 09:30 to 10 Dec 2013 - 14:00

Chatham House, London

The global food system and the natural resource base that underpins it are under increased strain. Rising populations and incomes and accelerating climate change are challenging the sustainability of existing models of production and consumption.
The reality is that one in seven of the global population is undernourished and two in seven are overweight - a rising proportion in developed and developing countries alike.

This conference will consider how the production and consumption of food can be shaped to match the future needs of the global population, and ask what changes in investment, business practice and global governance might ensure this occurs in a sustainable way.

  • Where is the global food system most vulnerable to climate change?
  • How should public policy and responsible business practice respond to emerging trends in consumption?
  • What technological innovation is required to overcome the most pressing challenges in food production?
  • Can responsible investment in food deliver a more sustainable future?
  • What roles can multilateral initiatives, national policy, and new business models play?

  • Rob Bailey

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Tim Benton

    • Professor of Population Ecology
  • Duncan Brack

    • Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
  • Dr Francesco Branca

    • Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development
  • Professor Andy Challinor

    • Professor of Climate Impacts
  • Celine Charveriat

    • Director of Advocacy and Campaigns
  • Sir Gordon Conway

    • Professor of International Development
  • Lorenzo Cotula

    • Senior Researcher, Law and Sustainable Development
  • Sue Davies

    • Chief Policy Adviser
  • Eivind Djupedal

    • Managing Director and Vice President
  • Dr Tara Garnett

    • Food Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute
  • Prof Charles Godfray CBE FRS

    • Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food
  • Joakim Hauge

    • Chief Executive Officer
  • Egil Hogna

    • Senior Vice President, Head of Downstream
  • Mark Holderness

    • Executive Secretary
  • Julie Howard

    • Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Agricultural Research, Extension and Education
  • Tim Lang

    • Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy
  • Jeanette Longfield

    • Co-ordinator
  • Stefano Natella

    • Managing Director, Co-Head of Securities Research and Analytics
  • Dr Paul McMahon

    • Managing Partner, SLM Partners LLP
  • Ian Mitchell

    • Deputy Director and Senior Economic Advisor
  • Louise Nicholls

    • Head of Responsible Sourcing and Plan A
  • Susan Payne

    • Executive Chairman
  • Stanlake Samkange

    • Director, Policy, Programme and Innovation Division
  • Detlef Schön

    • Head Farm Investments
  • Sara Sizer

    • Director Coporate and Government Affairs, Europe
  • Kostas G Stamoulis

    • Director, Agricultural Development Economics Division
  • M Ann Tutwiler

    • Director General
  • Hubert Weber

    • President Europe
  • Duncan Williamson

    • Food Policy Manager

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
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Day One
Monday 9 December

Session One
The Future of Consumption
09:30 - 11:10

  • How are patterns of food consumption shifting and what is driving this?

  • What are the latest data and trends on obesity, hunger and nutrition?

  • What are the implications for health, non-communicable diseases and human security?

  • What does this mean for public policy and responsible business practices?

Rob Bailey, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Keynote Address
Dr Kostas Stamoulis, Director, Agricultural Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organisation

Jeanette Longfield, Coordinator, Sustain

Stanlake Samkange, Director: Policy, Programme and Innovation Division, United Nations World Food Programme

Stefano Natella, Co-Head of Global Securities Research, Credit Suisse

Questions and Discussion

11:10 – 11:40 Refreshments

Keynote Address
Hubert Weber, President Europe, Mondelēz International

Questions and Discussion

Session Two
The Future of Production
12:10 - 13:10

  • What is the environmental footprint of agriculture, and how is it expected to evolve?

  • How and when can zero deforestation be achieved?

  • What do sustainable farming systems look like, and can these meet future demand?

Moderated Panel Discussion
Professor Charles Godfray CBE, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford

Duncan Brack, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, and Associate, Forest Trends

Tim Searchinger, Senior Research Fellow, World Resources Institute

Egil Hogna, Head of Downstream, Yara International

Eivind Djupedal, Vice President and Managing Director MBU, Cargill

Questions and Discussion

1310 – 1410 Lunch 

Session Three
Coping with Climate Change
14:10 - 15:20

  • What does the latest climate science tell us about food production and consumption in 2100?

  • Where are the key vulnerabilities in the global food system?

  • How do food systems need to adapt, and what are farmers and businesses doing?

Professor Andy Challinor, Professor of Climate Impacts, University of Leeds

Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds and UK Global Food Security Champion

Julie Howard, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Agricultural Research, Extension and Education, US Agency for International Development

Ian Mitchell, Senior Economic Adviser, International and Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Questions and Discussion

15:20 - 15:50 Refreshments

Session Four
Future Technologies
15:50 - 17:15

  • What are the major challenges most in need of new solutions and innovation?

  • What technological developments could lead to disruptive change in the food system?

  • What are the difficulties in developing and delivering appropriate technologies and how can these be addressed?

Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London

Dr Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary, Global Forum on Agricultural Research

Rob Bailey, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General, Nanotechnology Industries Association

Joakim Hauge, Chief Executive Officer, The Sahara Forest Project

Questions and Discussion

End of day one and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

Day Two
Tuesday 10 December

Session Five
Investing in Food
09:30 - 11:10

  • What investment is needed to ensure a sustainable food future and how does this compare to current trends?

  • What are the relative roles of public and private investment?

  • Where are the major opportunities and risks for private investors?

  • What does responsible investment look like and how will current responsible investment and governance initiatives deliver?

Paul McMahon, Managing Partner, SLM Partners, and Author of ‘Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food’

Moderated Panel Discussion

Lorenzo Cotula, Principal Researcher in Law and Sustainable Development, International Institute for Environment and Development

Susan Payne, Chief Executive Officer, EmVest

Mark Driscoll, Head of Food, Forum for the Future

Detlef Schön, Head Farm Investments, Aquila Capital

Questions and Discussions

1110 - 1140 Refreshments

Session Six
What Does a Sustainable Diet Look Like
11:40 - 12:50

  • What are the criteria by which sustainable food can be judged?

  • What are the trade-offs and how should they be made?

  • Is this compatible with what consumers want?

  • What is needed from public policy, regulation and new business models?

Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London

Dr Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Sue Davies, Chief Policy Adviser, Which?

M Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Duncan Williamson, Food Policy Manager, WWF UK

Questions and Discussion 

12:50 - 13:50 Lunch

Session Seven
Sustainable Food Futures
13:50 - 15:15

  • What is needed from governments and policymakers to shift patterns of consumption and production onto sustainable pathways?

  • Can recent successes provide a foundation for the future?

  • What will successful business models look like?

  • How can multilateral initiatives help (post-2015 framework, global climate deal etc.)?

M Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Moderated Panel Discussion
Céline Charveriat, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Oxfam International

Sara Sizer, Director Corporate Affairs Europe, Mondelēz International

Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Plan A, Marks & Spencer

15:15 Close of conference and refreshments

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Asian Development Bank
Barclays Plc
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
BP Biofuels UK Ltd
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Government of Nigeria
Greenpeace International
Heifer International
HSBC Bank Plc
ILEIA - Centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
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International Federation for Animal Health
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
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Millenium Institute
Ministry of Defence
Mondelez International (Kraft Foods)
Monsanto UK Ltd
National Farmers' Union (NFU)
National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)
Organisation for Social Development Initiatives (OSDI)
Oxfam Great Britain
Permanent Representation of Switzerland to FAO, IFAD and WFP
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Royal Bank of Scotland
Sarasin & Partners LLP
Save the Children UK
Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
Standard Chartered Bank
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in York
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Syngenta International AG
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation
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UK Food and Drink Federation
Unilever plc
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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World Food Programme (WFP)
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
World Vision UK
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