Global Food Security: Who Will Feed the Planet’s Growing Population?
Rapid population growth remains one of the key issues on the global economic agenda. According to the Department of Economic and Social Affairs under the UN Secretariat, the world’s population will reach 8.5 billion by 2030. This in turn will lead to growing demand for food products, which producers will need to satisfy in the face of climate change, dwindling natural resources, and the large-scale spread of infectious plant diseases. These challenges can also provide an impetus for the development of new technologies in farming, improving soil fertility, and bringing food production to a new level, where food is safe and nutritious. What are the factors that will determine the planet’s food security over the coming years? Are the key players in the agricultural market ready to face fundamental technological and investment challenges? What could help to meet the growing demand?
Charlotte Hebebrand, Director General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA)
Theo de Jager, President, World Farmers' Organisation (WFO)
Dmitry Konyaev, Chief Executive Officer, URALCHEM JSC
Vadim Moshkovich, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rusagro
Yves Picquet, Head of CropScience Division for Russia and CIS, Bayer
Sergey Sidorsky, Member of the Eurasian Economic Commission Board (Minister) in Charge of Industry and Agroindustrial Complex; Doctor of Technical Sciences, Honorary Professor, Belarusian State University of Transport
Achim Steiner, Administrator, The United Nations Development Programme
Front row participant
Victoria Krisko, Managing Director, FOODBANK RUS