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Economist “Feeding the World’ Summit

The global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Alongside limited agricultural land, water security issues, infrastructure and biodiversity challenges coupled with climate change, we face an uncertain future for food security.

What are leading policymakers, government officials, academics, NGOs and the private sector doing to prepare?

Join Farming First as we partner with The Economist “Feeding the World” summit on February 13th, 2014 in London. At the summit will be an expert audience of senior business and industry leaders, government, donors, aid agencies and the research community to explore the opportunities to collaborate in delivering improved nutrition and sustainable agricultural markets that will help avert the impending food security crisis.

WHEN: Thursday February 13th 2014

WHERE: The HAC, London

Lively debates will be steered by The Economist editors, to uncover ideas and strategies that will shape the food and agricultural sectors for years to come.

Farming First is also able to offer its subscribers a 20% discount on the registration fee if you book your place by December 20th 2013.  Simply quote FF/DC when registering.

SPEAKERS CONFIRMED INCLUDE:

  • Event Chair: Emma Duncan, Deputy Editor, The Economist
  • David NabarroSpecial Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and NutritionUnited Nations
  • Justin ByworthChief Executive OfficerWorld Vision UK
  • Joergen HaslestadChief Executive Officer and President, Yara International
  • Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, IFAD    
  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive OfficerFood, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Network (FANRPAN)
  • Esin Mete, President, International Fertilizer Industry Association
  • Paulus Verschuren, Special Envoy on Food and Nutrition Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Alice Kachere, Smallholder farmer from Malawi
  • Rose Adongo, Smallholder farmer from Uganda

Find out more: Brochure Programme Speakers Registration Fees

 

Farming First to Partner with The Economist “Feeding the World” Summit in London

Farming First is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with The Economist “Feeding the World” summit for the third consecutive year.

The global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Alongside limited agricultural land, water security issues, infrastructure and biodiversity challenges coupled with climate change, we face an uncertain future for food security.

What are leading policymakers, government officials, academics, NGOs and the private sector doing to prepare?

Join Farming First as we partner with The Economist “Feeding the World” summit on February 13th, 2014 in London. At the summit will be an expert audience of senior business and industry leaders, government, donors, aid agencies and the research community to explore the opportunities to collaborate in delivering improved nutrition and sustainable agricultural markets that will help avert the impending food security crisis.

WHEN: Thursday February 13th 2014

WHERE: The HAC, London

Lively debates will be steered by The Economist editors, to uncover ideas and strategies that will shape the food and agricultural sectors for years to come.

Farming First is also able to offer its subscribers a 20% discount on the registration fee if you book your place by December 20th 2013.  Simply quote FF/DC when registering.

SPEAKERS CONFIRMED INCLUDE:

  • Event Chair: Emma Duncan, Deputy Editor, The Economist
  • David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, United Nations
  • Justin Byworth, Chief Executive Officer, World Vision UK
  • Joergen Haslestad, Chief Executive Officer and President, Yara International
  • Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, IFAD    
  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive Officer, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Network (FANRPAN)
  • Esin Mete, President, International Fertilizer Industry Association
  • Paulus Verschuren, Special Envoy on Food and Nutrition Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Alice Kachere, Smallholder farmer from Malawi
  • Rose Adongo, Smallholder farmer from Uganda

Find out more: Brochure Programme Speakers Registration Fees

We hope you will be able to join us!

Farming First Supports The Economist’s Feeding the World Africa Conference

We are pleased to announce Farming First as a supporting organisation to The Economist’s Feeding the World: Africa’s Role in Solving the Global Food Crisis conference.

  • Date: 15-16 November 2012
  • Location: Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg

Farming First members will receive a 15% discount off the standard rate to attend. For Governments/NGOs and academics there are separate discounted rates available.

The conference will include debates around:

  1. What government policies will help Africa exploit its latent agricultural potential, closing the yield gap, and enabling the development of vibrant national, regional and international markets?
  2. How can farmers be supported with the knowledge, inputs, financing and access to markets that they need?
  3. How can introduction of technology and new skills boost yields and solve critical nutritional needs?

Africa has the greatest amount of arable land left fallow but very low current levels of trade in food. In contrary in less than 30 years Brazil turned itself from a food importer into one of the world’s breadbaskets. During those same 30 years Africa went from being a net food-exporting continent to being a net food importer.

The conference will convene senior executives from industry, government, academia and advocacy organisations to discuss what Africa needs in order to reproduce the Brazilian miracle.

Speaking at The Economist’s Feeding the World conference in Geneva earlier this year, Pascal Lamy, Director General of the WTO said:

 Africa is the missing piece in the global food security puzzle. If Africa is seen as a problem today, it may very well hold the key to global food security tomorrow.

Speakers at the conference include:

To ensure your place at this critical discussion and enjoy our special rate please fill in the form and email it to [email protected] or call +44 207 576 8550. For ongoing programme and speaker updates: www.economistconferences.com/africafood.

With a billion people hungry, how can we feed the world?

The world’s population has now surpassed the seven billion mark and is predicted to reach nine billion by 2050. With a billion people already hungry, this raises the question– how can we feed them and the billions still to come?

This was the question being addressed last week at Economist Conferences “Feeding the World” summit in Geneva on 8th February. The day saw some of the most respected names from agribusiness, Government, international agencies and the scientific community come together to generate fresh solutions to critical food security challenges.

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Some of the key discussions at the summit centered around the role of public-private partnerships as a key mechanism for advancing agriculture to meet global challenges in food security. Developing new crops and increasing crop yields through innovative research and technology will also play a crucial role in increasing agricultural productivity.

Not only is the rising global population putting a strain on our world’s resources, climate change is threatening farmers’ ability to produce enough food to meet this growing demand. The food price hikes of 2008, hundreds of millions of people were pushed into poverty, sparking riots across much of the world. Governments became alerted to what might lie ahead and rich nations, including China, South Korea and Japan began buying and leasing huge quantities of foreign land for the production of food whilst some countries either banned or limited food exports to safeguard their own supplies. Then at the start of 2011, world food prices reached a new historic peak, leaving millions more people hungry.

The problem is not going to go away and these issues need to be addressed now. As José Graziano da Silva, the newly appointed Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in his opening speech, “To build a food secure 2050 we need to start now”. He then went on to say, “With regard to the question we are asking today, it is HOW and not IF we can feed the world in 2050”.

The morning moved on to speech given by Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé, who emphasised how the private sector can have an important role to play in addressing the global food crisis. He discussed how his company is working with approximately 600,000 farmers in innovative partnerships worldwide to provide technical assistance and financial support. This theme was repeated later in the day in a panel debate, which included Jim Borel of DuPont, Juan Ferreira of Monsanto and Ellen Gustafson of The 30 Project. Ferreira spoke about a public-private partnership called Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), which is using advanced plant breeding and biotechnology to develop more drought tolerant maize varieties. Borel also highlighted the importance of technology, but said, “We must strike the right balance between new technology and better practices using existing technologies”.

Speaking at the conference, Kavita Prakash-Mani of Syngenta said that companies from many different sectors can all play their part in helping to ensure food security by “providing more training, better inputs, access to finance, access to better storage and transport and better prices for crops”.

Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Oragnisation (WTO) later gave a speech on open trade and food security. Speaking about international trade and the important role it plays in global food security, Lamy said, “By fostering greater competition, trade allows food to be produced where this can be most efficiently done”. Referring to the export restrictions during the 2008 food price crisis, Lamy described these as “starve-thy-neighbour” policies, which he argued brought “importing countries to their knees to plead for food security”. His final remarks urged us to get our policy mix right on food production and on trade to help address food security challenges.

In the afternoon, there was another panel debate, this time on the role of science and technology in increasing agricultural productivity. The panel consisted of Nina Fedorofff of Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Lumpkin of CIMMYT and Howard Shapiro of Mars Inc who discussed how technology can help increase crop yields by 1.5% over the next 40 years to feed mankind adequately. “Science does hold the solution” said Fedoroff, “but the question is whether we use it”.

China– the world’s most populous nation and the second largest economy – has become heavily dependent on food imports from countries such as the US, Brazil and Argentina to help meet the consumption demands of its newly-rich citizens. Despite this, China has enough arable land and water to feed its projected population of 1.34 billion in 2050, even with current available technologies. Jikun Huang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences talked us through how China’s agriculture trading patterns are evolving as its agricultural sector modernizes and becomes more productive, urging that “China will be 99% self-sufficient for food by 2020”.

During the “Feeding the World” summit, Farming First filmed a number of interviews with speakers, including Jim Borel of DuPont, Nina Fedoroff of Pennsylvania State University and KavitaPrakash Mani of Syngenta. Video highlights can be seen on The Economist Conference website and longer versions of the interviews will soon be available on Farming First TV.