12 February 2015. Amsterdam. Feeding the World 2015. Quality vs quantity: food and nutrition security for 9 billion.
The Economist Event assembled the most respected names from agribusiness, policy, international agencies, science and the NGO community to discuss the measures that need to be taken to achieve food and nutrition security.
Feeding the World 2015 examined the implications of the tremendous increase in food demand and changing food patterns, as well as the measures that need to be taken to achieve food and nutrition security.
From human factors such as supply chains, nutrition and Western food waste, to geographical and environmental influences like climate change and water supply. Expert speakers from across the globe unpicked this complex topic, seeking explanations and solutions in light of the fact that, according to the FAO, we do actually produce enough to feed the world.
PANEL DISCUSSION – Smallholders and the supply chain.
Enabling smallholder farmers to truly make the move from subsistence farming to market integration can deliver real steps towards food and nutrition security and sustainable improvements in livelihoods.
- Samantha Newport, Senior Advisor, UNDP Green Commodities Programme
- Mike Frank, Vice-president, Global Commercial, Monsanto Company
- Tim Gutteridge, Chief Operating Officer, Fairtrade Foundation
- Ate Oostra, Chairman, Metropolitan Food Security
- Sam Say, Chief Executive, Bolaven Farms Coffee
SNAPSHOT SESSION – Entrepreneurship in food processing and producing: inspiration, empowerment and development
- Josephine Okot, is the Founder and Managing Director of Victoria Seeds Ltd, established in 2004 for
disseminating quality seed to small holder farmers with the aim of improving crop yields and nutrition. She has steered it from a struggling start up to Uganda’s leading seed house with strong corporate social investment in the empowerment of rural women. Ms Okot’s outstanding work has been recognized through numerous national and international accolades, including the prestigious 2007 YARA Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa; the 2009 Oslo Business for Peace Award; and in 2011, African Woman of the Year.