Feeding the world in times of global changes

Organiser:
Alessandra Bendiscioli
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Germany
Gerlind Wallon
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Germany
Moderator:
Pallab Ghosh
BBC news, United Kingdom
Speakers:
  • David Baulcombe
    University of Cambridge , United Kingdom
    Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture
  • Susanne Benner
    BASF Plant Science Company , Germany
  • Prem Bindraban
    Director, ISRIC World Soil Information, Wageningen University , The Netherlands
    Regional interdependency to arrive at global food security
  • Gianluca Brunori
    University of Pisa , Italy
    The role of European agriculture and its contribution to world food security – or insecurity?
  • Salvatore Ceccarelli
    International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) , Syria
    Plant breeding, biodiversity and food (in)security
  • Andrea Ferrante
    Italian Association for Biological Agriculture (AIAB) , Italy

Food security is a key challenge for mankind. Global agricultural production needs to be doubled to feed an ever-growing world population that may reach nine billion by 2050. We will address these global issues in a two-part session. A panel involving scientists, stakeholders and civil society will discuss with the audience how to adapt the current agro-food system to the food security challenge, as well as ethical, social and other concerns such as safety, productivity versus environmental sustainability, preservation of the biodiversity, and third world development issues.

The first part – Matching food demand and food supply – presents the many factors that will drastically affect the production and distribution of food worldwide (climate change, availability of land, demographic changes, etc.), as well as public policies (EU CAP, production of bio-energy) and social drivers (life style, consumption trends) that determine the market economy of the agro-food system.

The second part – Can science and technology help find sustainable solutions to feed nine billion people? – discusses scientific and bio-technological developments aiming at improving the quality, productivity and adaptability of plants to environmental conditions, notably using agro-engineering and land management strategies, as well as genetic engineering to improve agricultural production in a sustainable manner.

Auditorium, 4 July, h. 09.00 - 11.45