Business programme

Food Security: Global Challenges and Opportunities

16 Jun , 11:00–12:15
The New Economic Order: Responding to the Challenges of the Time
Pavilion F, conference hall F3
In partnership with the Russian Association of Fertilizer Producers (RAFP)

Global food prices have reached an all-time high. In March 2022, the FAO Food Price Index averaged 159.3 points, up 12.6% from its all-time high in February. The UN is sounding the alarm bell: soaring food, energy, and fertilizer prices are threatening to escalate into a global famine of catastrophic proportions. The UN World Food Programme predicts this year it will affect 44 million people in 38 countries. Experts note that the response to these unprecedented challenge facing humanity requires abandoning politically motivated restrictions and coordinating efforts and cooperation throughout the global community. With its unique agro-industrial potential, Russia plays a key role in this regard. How is the Russian agro-industrial complex and the mineral fertilizer industry overcoming sanctions and logistical barriers as the country searches for new markets for its products? Will the status of ‘essential products’ help to maintain the uninterrupted supply of agricultural products and agrochemicals around the planet? Do countries still have effective mechanisms to curb food inflation? Will the experience gained during the pandemic help to cope with the new phase of the crisis or will it create a negative cumulative effect on the global food system as the world’s population continues to rapidly increase?

Andrey Fursenko, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation

Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Rodrigo de Lima Baena Soares, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Russian Federation
Andrey Guryev, President, Russian Association of Fertilizer Producers (RAFP)
Oleg Kobyakov, Director, Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers of the Republic of India
Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Vitaliy Sergeychuk, Senior Vice President, VTB Bank
Jean-Baptiste Thiathie Tine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Senegal to the Russian Federation
Aleksander Yakovenko, Russia's National Coordinator for the implementation of decisions of the UN Food Systems Summit; Rector, The Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Front row participants
Pavan Kapoor, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Russian Federation
Sergey Mamedov, Auditor, Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation
Eugenia Serova, Director, Institute for Agricultural Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics