Conference

Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System

14 Dec 2011 - 00:00 to 15 Dec 2011 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

How do practices, value chains and trade need to be transformed?

Meeting global demand for food will require an unprecedented transformation of the agricultural system towards one that is more productive, more efficient, more resilient, and uses natural resources more sensitively.

  • How can political and economic barriers to change be overcome?
  • What transformative business models and partnerships between the public and private sectors work?
  • What needs to happen to ensure that the opportunities presented by investments in agriculture and R&D are maximized?

This conference will gather business leaders and representatives from the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies, and non-governmental organizations to examine changing agricultural investment patterns, highlighting international policy developments and business approaches to coping with environmental shocks and stresses presented by climate change and global population growth.

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  • Robert Bailey

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Dr John Barrett OBE

    • Chief Professional Officer, Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods, Research and Evidence Division
  • Chris Brown

    • Head of Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing
  • Professor Sir Gordon Conway

    • Professor of International Development
  • Clive Cookson

    • Science Editor
  • Dominic Dyer

    • Chief Executive
  • Dr Shenggen Fan

    • Director-General
  • George Freeman MP

    • Chair, All Party Science Technology in Agriculture Group
  • Bim Hundal

    • Chairman & Partner
  • Professor Jonathan D G Jones FRS

    • Sainsbury Laboratory
  • Andrew Jarvis

    • Principal, GHK Consulting Ltd and
  • Anne Jellema

    • International Policy Director
  • Jim Kirke

    • Leaf Sustainability Manager
  • Susan Payne

    • Chairman
  • Emily Polack

    • Researcher
  • Ruth Rawling

    • Vice President Corporate Affairs EMEA
  • Sujiro Seam

    • Deputy Director, Global Public Goods
  • Richard Skinner

    • Director, Strategy
  • Dr Jonathan Wadsworth

    • Executive Secretary of the Fund Council and Head of the Fund Office
  • Steve Wiggins

    • Research Fellow
  • Dr Nina Fedoroff

    • President
  • Dr David Nabarro

    • United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition and
  • Michael Nkonu

    • Executive Director
  • Jonathan Shrier

    • Special Representative, Global Food Security
  • M Ann Tutwiler

    • Deputy Director-General (Knowledge)

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
Press can request a press pass using the form below.

 

 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Zuzana Feachem on +44 (0)20 7957 5755 or email [email protected]


 

 

 














Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7957 5700
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710


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 conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Standard Single £168.50 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Standard Single £193 + VAT

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DAY ONE
Wednesday 14 December

09.30
Session One
Transforming Agriculture


•    What are the key dimensions that any transformation of the food system must encompass, and what are the particular challenges in each? What are the likely costs involved? Where are the areas of consensus and disagreement?
o    Production
o    Emissions
o    Climate resilience
o    Water
o    Poverty and hunger

Chair
Robert Bailey
Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resource Governance
Chatham House

09.30  Opening Keynote Panel (on the record)
Dr David Nabarro 
United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition and
Coordinator of the UN system High Level Task Force on Global Food Security Assistant Secretary General

M Ann Tutwiler
Deputy Director-General (Knowledge)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Michael Nkonu
Executive Director
Fairtrade Africa

Jonathan ShrierSpecial Representative, Global Food SecurityUS Department of State

10.30    Questions and discussion

11.00 – 11.20    Refreshments

Session Two
Prioritizing and Delivering Investment in Productivity

  • In the context of scarce resources and broader social and environmental objectives, how should policy interventions and investments to transform food production be prioritized?
  • What are the barriers (political, social and economic) to policy interventions and productivity investments? What innovative approaches and public/private partnership can overcome these barriers?
  • Are consumers more willing to embrace science in food production as a result of rising food prices?
  • Can science in food production be better exploited to fully meet the rising demand for food?
  • Do we need a new politics of food?

Chair
Anne Jellema
International Policy Director
ActionAid
 
11.20
Speaker Panel
Dr Chris Brown 
Head of Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing
ASDA Stores Ltd

Dominic Dyer
Chief Executive
Crop Protection Association

George Freeman MP
Chair, All Party Science Technology in Agriculture Group
United Kingdom Parliament

Dr Jonathan Wadsworth
Executive Secretary of the Fund Council and Head of the Fund Office
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

 

12.10    Questions and discussion

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch
 


Session Three
Investment in Land

Transforming agriculture requires significant investment, particularly in low income countries. Yet the current wave of investment has been subject to considerable criticism over issues such as transparency, displacement of local populations and environmental degradation.

  • What are the different investment strategies investors are pursuing? What factors do they need to be taking into account?
  • What are the opportunities and threats posed by international mechanisms – such as responsible investment principles and bilateral treaties – to govern investments and manage risks?
  • It is estimated that 30% of all food produced is lost or wasted: what are the biggest opportunities for addressing waste and losses?
  • How can we ensure that enough of the right kind of investment flows to where it is needed?
  • What governments’ role in regulating investment and ensuring access to land for local communities?

Chair   
Andrew Jarvis
Principal, GHK Consulting Ltd and
Associate Fellow, Chatham House
 
14.00 Susan Payne
Chairman
EmVest Asset Management and Agri Corp, Africa

Anne Jellema
International Policy Director
ActionAid

Emily Polack 
Researcher - Land Rights, Natural Resources Group
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

14.40   Questions and discussion

15.30-16.00    Refreshments


Session Four
Managing Volatility and Shocks through the Food Chain

  • What kinds of shocks do we need to be preparing for and what are the worst case scenarios?
  • What are the biggest opportunities for addressing resilience to shocks?
  • How do practices, value chains and trade need to be transformed?

Chair    
Richard Skinner
Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers

16.00 Dr John Barrett OBE
Chief Professional Officer, Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods
Research and Evidence Division 
Department for International Development, UK

Ruth Rawling
Vice President, Corporate Affairs Europe, Middle East and Africa
Cargill

Steve Wiggins
Research Fellow
Overseas Development Institute

Bim Hundal
Chairman & Partner
Lion’s Head Global Partners LLP

16.50    Questions and discussion    

17.30 End of Day One and Reception


DAY TWO
Thursday 15 December 2011

09.30
Session Five 
The Role of Knowledge and Technology

Achieving the transformation of agriculture will also require the development and dissemination of new technologies and practices in rapid timescales. Technologies and practices that are of relevance in low income country contexts are particularly important, as it is in these countries where the potential for yield increases is greatest.
 
  • What are the biggest technological opportunities for transforming agriculture within a rapid timescale?
  • What are the relative roles of traditional knowledge and practices versus high risk/high return ‘technofix’ solutions?
  • What agendas are the private and public sectors pursuing, what obstacles do they face and how can these be addressed?
  •  What are the opportunities for new business models and greater collaboration between public sector, private sector and farmers?

Chair   
Clive Cookson
Science Editor
Financial Times
09.30 Keynote Addresses (on the record)
Professor Nina V Fedoroff
President
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Dr Shenggen Fan
Director General
International Food Policy Research Institute

10.10    Questions and Discussion 

11.00 - 11.20 Refreshments

Chair
Robert Bailey
Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resource Governance
Chatham House11.20
SpeakersProfessor Sir Gordon Conway
Chair in International Development, Centre for Environmental Policy
Imperial College London

Jim Kirke
Leaf Sustainability Manager
British American Tobacco

Professor Jonathan D G Jones FRS
Sainsbury Laboratory
John Innes Centre

12.05    Questions and discussion

12.50    Closing Remarks
Robert Bailey


13.00     End of conference and lunch


© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2011



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
Bayer Crop Science
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
BP plc
British American Tobacco
British Meat Processors Association
British Sugar plc
Cabinet Office
CAFOD
Care International
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 Commission (Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development)
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
FARM-Africa
Farming First
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)
National Farmers' Union
Nestlé UK Ltd
New Economics Foundation (NEF)
OPEC Fund for International Development
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Oxfam Great Britain
Plan UK
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Rank Hovis (Premier Foods)
Research Councils UK
Royal Agricultural College
Royal Agricultural Society of England
Royal Dutch Shell Plc
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 Gatsby Charitable Foundation
The Organic Research Centre
The Soil Associati