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.