02. Food security and sustainability - Can we avert a food crisis?

This workshop features leading experts and scientists who will explore food security issues and some of the latest scientific developments that aim to deliver the required production increase. Topics include: increasing primary crop productivity, the use of fertilizers and pesticides, reducing waste in the food chain, the problem of diminishing fossil fuels on food production, the potential for damaging child development and improving food safety and nutrition.

The full-day workshop includes ample opportunities for networking, group discussions, and one-to-one interviews with food security and sustainability experts and scientists.

The workshop is organised and sponsored by the UK's main funding agency for research in the biosciences, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID).

Speakers will include leading experts and decision-makers from BBSRC, DFID, and other key players in the science, economics, and sociology of food security and sustainability.

Venue: Royal Geographical Society

Date & Time: Monday, June 29, 2009 - 09:00 - 18:00

Producer: Heather Pillans, Matt Goode

Speaker: Brendan Wren, Douglas Kell, Ian Crute, John Foulkes, Jon West, Julie Scholes, Mike Bevan