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Meeting the Challenges of Global Food Security Event

Date:
21 March 2013
Venue:
Central London

For more information regarding this event, please telephone 0845 666 0664 .

Event details

With the current trajectory of global food production looking increasingly stark, the government has made the production of sustainable food and protecting the future of the global climate a key priority. This includes a £75 million investment to enhance technological developments and recommendations from DEFRA outlined in their Green Food Project 2012 report. With this in mind, I would like to invite you to attend, ‘Meeting the Challenges of Global Food Security’ which will take place on the 21st March in Central London. By attending this forum, delegates from higher education can examine the issue of food security in a UK and global context, discuss funding for developing more environmental and sustainable food systems amidst rapid population growth and adverse weather patterns. As well as hear from leading policy experts and case studies, share knowledge, and discuss ideas for increasing food security with fellow delegates from central government.

With the current trajectory of global food production looking increasingly stark, the government has made the production of sustainable food and protecting the future of the global climate a key priority. This includes a £75 million investment to enhance technological developments and recommendations from DEFRA outlined in their Green Food Project 2012 report.

With this in mind, I would like to invite you to attend, ‘Meeting the Challenges of Global Food Security' which will take place on the 21st March in Central London. By attending this forum, delegates from higher education can examine the issue of food security in a UK and global context, discuss funding for developing more environmental and sustainable food systems amidst rapid population growth and adverse weather patterns. As well as hear from leading policy experts and case studies, share knowledge, and discuss ideas for increasing food security with fellow delegates from central government.

Key Confirmed Speakers Include:Professor Sarah Gurr from the University of Oxford and Chair in Food Security at University of Exeter
Camilla Toulmin, Lead Expert Group, Government Office for Science, Foresight Project & Director of the IIED
Professor Tim Benton, Champion for the UK's Global Food Security Programme
Richard Miller, Head of Sustainability, Technology Strategy Board

Five More Reasons To Attend:

  • Explore global food security as both a challenge and an opportunity
  • Examine £15 million government investment to stimulate innovation and growth in the food industry
  • Discuss the importance of investment in new science and innovation to produce more food sustainably
  • Benefit from the £75 million over the next five years in technological research and development
  • Hear from government and leading policy experts on why global food security should be one of the major research priorities for UK and international science

11 Places Remaining

BOOK ONLINE TODAY - or call 0845 666 0664 to register.


Full agenda highlights and speakers include:

'Increasing Food Security and Protecting the Environment - Developing Sustainable Food Systems'
By Camilla Toulmin, Lead Expert Group, Government Office for Science Foresight Project: Global Food and Farming Futures and Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

'Growing Research and Innovation in Food Security Technology'
By Richard Miller, Head of Sustainability, Technology Strategy Board

'Addressing Climate Change to Achieve Food Security'
By Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network

'Food Security in Volatile Global Markets: The Speculation Debate and Why it Matters'
Brendan Bayley, Head, Structural Reform Branch, European Union Institution & Policy, HM Treasury

'Enhancing Research and Development in Sustainability and Food Security Through International Collaboration'
By Steve Visscher, Deputy Chief Executive, Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council

'Local Authority Responsibilities for Promoting Sustainable Food Policy'
By Steve Marriott, Sustainability Manager, Sustainable City Group, Bristol City Council

'Engaging Higher Education in Securing a Global Food Supply for the Future'
By Professor Sarah Gurr, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford and Chair, Food Security, University of Exeter

'Aiming for Sustainable Intensification'
By Professor Tim Benton, Champion for the UK's Global Food Security Programme

'The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in Alleviating Food Poverty'
By Steve Jones, Chair, The Humanitarian Centre

'Working Toward a Sustainable Future for UK Farming'
By Martin Haworth, Director of Policy, National Farmers Union

'Chairs Welcome Address'
By Professor Guy Poppy, Professor of Ecology, Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton

11 Places Remaining

BOOK ONLINE TODAY - or call 0845 666 0664 to register.


To view the full agenda in more detail, click here

For further information or for group booking enquiries, please email enquiries@insidegovernment.co.uk or call 0845 666 0664

Places are limited and early booking is therefore advisable.

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