Brussels (BE) - 30/03/11
High-level seminar on "Future of Global Food and Farming. How can Science support food security?"
The case for urgent action in the global food system is now compelling. We are at a unique moment in history as diverse factors converge to affect the demand, production and distribution of food over the next 20 to 40 years. The needs of a growing world population will have to be satisfied as critical resources such as water, energy and land become increasingly scarce. Food production and the food system must assume a much higher priority in political agendas across the world if we are to feed 9 billion people by 2050 equitably and sustainably.
This seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss what this means for policy makers across Europe. High-level experts from the fields of science, industry, civil society and policy makers will debate the challenges, choices and opportunities for developing global sustainability and food security around key issues, which include: managing supply and demand in the food system, food price volatility, ending hunger, and mitigating climate change. The objective is to identify the solutions that already exist and might be developed, and the part that science and technology will play.
The seminar is organised jointly by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the UK Government Office for Science and will be held on 30 March 2011, between 10:00 - 16:00 in Mansholt Hall, Charlemagne Building, Brussels.
Further information is available in the Programme of the seminar.
For registration, please contact Ms Cynthia Dennis by 21 March 2011, telephone 32 2 2968102, e-mail: email@example.com.