January 28, 2010
Tuesday March 16th 2010 will be the third time the Forum for the Future of Agriculture is being held in Brussels. As in previous years, it opens the floor to thinkers from around the world to debate, discuss and offer new points of view.
This year’s focus is on The Economics and Politics of Food vs. Climate Change; a relevant topic given the recent climate summit in Copenhagen, but even more so when facing the problems of growing food insecurity all over the world.
The mutual effects of agriculture and climate change on one another have become impossible to ignore. Agriculture accounts for about one third of the world’s total Green House Gas emissions, while changes in temperature and weather conditions could have vast effects on farming. FAO also pointed out the largely unused potential to reduce emissions from agriculture to nearly zero, but this creates the dilemma of how to do so whilst increasing productivity to feed a fast growing population.
Although agriculture has only played a minor role in the climate change talks until recently, its value at the core of the debate is only now beginning to emerge. A third of the world’s population involved in farming is facing a bleak future if no effort is made to develop constructive adaptation strategies to help farmers to produce the world’s supply of food. In turn, we need to offer help and information to actively involve them in climate change mitigation and conserving nature and biodiversity.
FFA2010 will try to address this dilemma and has once again attracted a high calibre of speaker including Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, the Special Adviser to the United Nations on Globalization and an external adviser to the World Trade Organisation, who will make the keynote address.
We are also delighted to be joined by Dr. Joseph Glauber, the Chief Economist at the US Department of Agriculture; Dr. Carey Fowler, the Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust; H.E. Brave Ndisale, Ambassador of Malawi to the European Union, Sir Crispin Tickell, a former Adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and one of the first to warn of the dangers posed by climate change; and a number of leading MEPs, among whom Paolo de Castro, Chairman of the Agricultural Committee, Mairead McGuiness and others to be confirmed.
Putting the questions to these and our other speakers will be the renowned international journalist, Steven Sackur, presenter of BBC’s HardTalk programme, whilst the Forum itself will be chaired by the former EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Franz Fischler.
We do hope you will be able to join an exceptional set of discussions on the most current political topic, held at Brussel’s prestigious new venue, The Square.
To register please follow the instructions on ForumForAgriculture.com.Author : agricultureforum