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Chatham House – Sustainable Food Future

26th – 27th November 2018

London, UK

A growing world population, dwindling agricultural resources and rising concerns about climate change are adding pressure to an already strained global food system. With global hunger on the rise after declining for over a decade, it is clear that countries, companies and individuals must reassess approaches to food production and consumption. In this context, the annual Chatham House Food conference will explore practical solutions to build a more resilient food system and feed the global population sustainably, focusing on the responsibility of key actors in achieving these goals.



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Farming First partners with Chatham House

For the second year running, Farming First is delighted to announce that the coalition is partnering with Chatham House to promote their food security debate later this year.

This prestigious event, titled “Food Security 2011: Transforming the Production System” will be held at Chatham House on December 14-15 2011, and includes renowned speakers such as:

–       Sir Professor Gordon Conway, Chair in International Development, Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London

–       Dr David Nabarro, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition

–       Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

This event will examine how to transform the agricultural system towards one that is more productive, efficient, resilient, and environmentally sustainable.

Questions to be discussed include “How do agricultural practices, value chains and trade need to be transformed?”, “What transformative business models and partnerships between the public and private sectors work?” and “How can political and economic barriers to much needed changes be overcome?”.

Find out more information or register your place for the event here.

New Report: Pesticides Save UK Consumers £70 Billion a Year

A new report has examined the value of crop protection to consumers in the UK, and estimated that without pesticide products, food prices would rise by 40%.

With no pesticides to keep weeds, pests and diseases in check, crop yields would fall to half their current levels, leading to higher food prices, concludes the report. Annually, this increase would amount to some £70 billion in food costs.

faming ukReleased last Monday alongside the Chatham House Food Security 2010 conference, the report was written by economist Sean Rickard of Cranfield University who argues that the contribution of modern crop protection products extends beyond the higher living standards and health benefits resulting from lower food prices and more efficient food production, with benefits ranging from the discovery of new knowledge through to safeguarding the quality and enjoyment of the countryside.

The report, entitled The Value of Crop Protection – An Assessment of the Full Benefits for the Food Chain and Living Standards, was commissioned by the UK Crop Protection Association to highlight the risks of failing to support innovation and investment in crop protection technology.

In developed countries such as the UK, the report warns that higher food prices would create pressures on disposable incomes with adverse inflationary impacts on the economy, while consumers would also suffer a reduction in the health benefits associated with a wide choice of affordable fresh fruit and vegetables.

In developing countries, higher food prices would threaten the pace of development and in the world’s poorest regions they would lead to increased hunger and malnutrition.

The report’s headline conclusions are that in world without pesticides:

  • crop yields would fall to around half their current levels, with severe implications for employment, efficiency and profitability in farming and related food businesses;
  • security of food supply would be severely reduced and the cost of food would rise by at least 40% – an increase of some £70 billion per year in the UK;
  • not only would this place a burden on household budgets but this sum of money would also be withdrawn from expenditure on other sectors of the economy leading to the loss of businesses and employment;
  • to offset the loss of output, arable farmers would need to double their prices and livestock producers would need to increase prices by a third to cover the higher costs of feed. These higher prices represent the net value of plant protection products to the farming industry: in the UK the net value is of the order of £12 billion;
  • the supply of raw materials from UK farms to the domestic food processing and food manufacturing industry would fall and prices would rise. The industry would be forced to import a much larger proportion of its inputs and at much inflated prices, hitting the UK’s trade balance.
  • as well as adding £70 billion to the nation’s annual food bill, consumers would also suffer a reduction in the health benefits associated with a wide choice of affordable fresh fruit and vegetables; this particularly affects the poorest members of society for who spend a larger proportion of their disposable income on food;

Commenting on the report’s conclusions, CPA chief executive Dominic Dyer said:

This study sends a clear message that access to the most advanced farming technologies is essential, not only to maintain the quality, consistency and affordability of our food supply, but also to keep UK agriculture competitive and to safeguard jobs, growth and wealth creation within the rest of the food chain.

Farming First Partners with Chatham House for Food Security Conference

Picture 7Farming First is pleased to announce that the coalition is partnering with Chatham House to promote their food security debate later this year.

Food Security 2010: Making Food Security Work – Matching Supply to Demand, will take place on 6th and 7th December 2010 in Chatham House in London. Chatham House is a leading independent think tank on international affairs whose Chatham House Rule is famous worldwide for facilitating free speech.

The event will look at how governments and the private sector can work together to ensure a secure and sustainable balance between food supply and demand.  Participants will hear from some of the most influential voices in business and government concerning the food security debate.

Questions to be discussed include:

  • What impact do market distortions, e.g. subsidies, protectionism, food aid, etc, have on food availability
  • Is food distribution sufficiently prioritised 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?

Speakers at the event include:

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Dr David Nabarro, Assistant Secretary General, United Nations

Jeffrey R Currie, Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs

Dr Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Christopher Delgado, Program Manager, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, Agriculture and Rural Development, World Bank

Register for the event by Wednesday 6th October for the early booking rate.