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

Host or sponsor: The workshop is organised and sponsored by the UKs 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).

In the face of an inexorably growing global population, changing diets, conflict and economic chaos, all against the backdrop of climate change, the only certainty we have is the coming crisis in producing enough nutritious food for everyone to eat.

The UK's Chief Scientific Advisor has already called for a 50% increase in global food production by 2030 if we are to feed everyone - despite the challenges of economics, trade, transport and conflict.

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