Global food security, the overarching theme of the Expo Milano 2015, remains high on the policy agenda. Still there is a growing difficulty for scientists and policy makers to keep up with the expanding volume of information about the challenge of meeting human food and nutritional needs while preserving natural resources.
This 2-day pre-ICAE event organised by the European Commission with the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) at the margins of the Expo Milan 2015, will gather more than 30 high level speakers from academia, major international organisations and governments to provide a closer look at the various dimensions of food security.
Recent food security scenario analysis will set the scene and help identify the main drivers that will impact food security in coming decades, in particular the role of productivity, technological breakthroughs, different agricultural models, regional developments, policies and other factors also beyond market fundamentals.
Session 1 - Global outlook - setting the scene
- "Trade and food security" (Jamie Morrison, Senior Economist in the Trade and Markets Division, FAO)
- "Nutritional dimension of food security" (Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI)
- "International Food Security Assessment, 2015-25" (Stacey Rosen, Agricultural Economist, USDA)
- "Long term scenarios on food and agriculture" (Frank Van Tongeren, Head of the division Policies in Trade and Agriculture, OECD)
- "The future of food and nutrition security in developing countries" (Hans van Meijl, Research director food nexus and bioeconomy and Thom Achterbosch, Senior researcher, LEI-WUR)
- "Exploring sustainable futures through foresight" (Erik Mathijs, Professor, KU Leuven)
Session 2 - The role of productivity
- "Setting the scene: measuring productivity" (Keith Fuglie, USDA, ERS and chair of G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists’ Working Group on Productivity Metrics)
- "Innovation: knowledge that brings money – techniques improving agricultural output and water efficiency in chronically dry regions around the world" (Mahmoud El Solh, Director General, ICARDA)
- "Extension: knowledge that brings knowledge – agricultural R&D in Ethiopia" (Nega Wubeneh, Senior Director, Systems Programs, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency)
- "Investments: money that brings money – Technology development and implementation strategies – the example provided by Brazil's sugarcane sector" (Plinio Nastari, President, Datagro, Brazil)
Session 3 - Drivers of price volatility. What did we learn from recent food price spikes?
- "Causes of price volatility" (John Baffes, Senior Agriculture Economist, World Bank)
- "Understanding and coping with food market volatility" (Miranda Meuwissen, Professor, Wageningen UR)
- "Price volatility and market linkages" (Barry Goodwin, Distinguished Professor, NCSU)
- "Financial index trading and commodity prices: the search for a causal link" (Stephanie Grosche, Food and Resource Economist, University of Bonn)
Session 4 - Which model(s) for agriculture?
- "Food and nutritional security in the context of climate change: eco-efficiency or agroecology?" (Jean-François Soussana, Scientific Director Environment, INRA)
- "Which model to address development and food security" (Derek Headey, senior research fellow, IFPRI)
- "Dual model of Brazilian agriculture" (Silvia H.G. de Miranda, Professor, University of São Paolo)
Session 5 - Global challenges for food security: regional perspectives
- "Focus on China: Challenges in Chinese Agriculture Supply and Food Security: Implication to China’s Role in Global Agricultural Trade" (Jikun Huang, Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)
- "Focus on Brazil" (Joaquim Bento de Souza Ferreira Filho, Professor, University of São Paolo)
- "Focus on India" (Ashok Gulati, Chair Professor and Shweta Saini, Consultant, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations)
- "Focus on Australia" (Paul Morris, Head of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)
- "Focus on Africa" (Sam Asuming-Brempong, Associate Professor, University of Ghana, FAC-CAADP Coordinator for the Future Agricultures Consortium)
- "Focus on Europe" (Tassos Haniotis, Director Economic Analysis, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)
Session 6 - Where from the next green revolution? Identifying the drivers for the next green revolution
- "Scene setting: Green Revolutions Past and Future: Implications for Food Security and the Environment" (Tom Hertel, Distinguished professor in Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, USA)
- "Bringing biodiversity into the green revolution equation" (Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International)
- "Plant genetic engineering as a means to improve food security: potential and issues surrounding it" (Rodomiro Ortiz, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
- "Sectoral productivity growth and poverty reduction: national and global impacts" (Will Martin, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI and President-Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists)
- "Facilitating access to and uptake of appropriate technologies by smallholder farmers in Africa" (Denis Kyetere, Executive Director AATF)
Session 7 - What does this mean for the policy agenda?
- "Summary conclusions" (Tassos Haniotis, Director Economic Analysis, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)