The major staple crops, such as wheat, potatoes, maize, rice, etc., account for over half of global food production by tonnage, but with the global population due to climb to 9 billion by 2040, concerns are being voiced as to whether we are prepared to manage our resources to meet future demand. Sustainable use of water, better human capital development in the agricultural sector, improvements in weather resistant strains, and other innovations can have a significant impact on yields, particularly in arid climates. What steps should be taken to better manage agro-industrial resources? What are the potential costs and benefits when introducing new technologies to increase the yields in crops, and which economies are best positioned to move to more sustainable production?
Charles Robertson , Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital
Sunny George Verghese , Co-Founder, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Olam International
Enderson Guimaraes , Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Europe; Member of the Executive Board, PepsiCo Inc.
Andrey Guryev , Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board, PhosAgro
Arkady Zlochevsky , President, Russian Grain Union
Olaf Koch , Chairman of the Management Board, METRO
Vladimir Rakhmanin , Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Isaac Sheps , President, Baltika Breweries