[ASC-media] Ethics, Efficiency and Food Security

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Sat Aug 23 16:39:21 PDT 2014


24 August 2014


How can we increase global food production in ways that are ethical,
efficient and profitable for farmers, consumers and the environment?

This is the question at the core of the range of issues to be discussed at
the Crawford Fund's annual conference titled "Ethics, Efficiency and Food
Security: Feeding The 9 Billion, Well" being held in Canberra 26-28 August.
The conference will be opened by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for
Foreign Affairs and focus on a range of vital issues causing some tension in
the developing world and Australia in efforts to produce more food in an
ethical and efficient way.

Speakers' bios and abstracts are all available here
ary-conference-speakers/>  and the program includes:

.                Prof Catherine Bertini, World Food Prize winner and former
Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) presenting
the Sir John Crawford memorial address titled "Effective, Efficient, Ethical
Solution to Feeding 9 Billion: Invest in Women."

.                Ms Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special
Envoy for Climate Change warning the world's agriculture is under threat and
we'll face a food crisis, unless we chart a new course and seriously boost
climate smart agriculture. 

.                Dr Shenggen Fan, winner of the 2014 UNWFP Hunger Hero Award
and Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute - the
preeminent food policy think tank - explaining why food insecurity &
undernutrition don't make economic sense.

.                Dr Laurent Zessler, Director and Representative for UNFPA's
Pacific Office addressing how food security and population growth are

.                Dr Elizabeth Finkel, author and Chief Editor of Cosmos,
Australia's popular science magazine, on whether modern technology,
including GM, should be considered a saviour or threat?

.                Helen Szoke, Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia highlighting
food waste in wealthy and developing countries.

Other issues being considered are:              

.                Long term food demand in Asia and implications for
Australia and emerging economies

.                Food vs feed: the livestock equation in food security

.                Food vs energy: should crops be used for feeding our
population or generating energy

.                Food vs nutrition security: feeding people, well

The Crawford Fund wishes to thank the supporters of this event including:

AARES, ACIAR, AIFSRC, ATSE, AVRDC , CBH Ltd, CGIAR, Coffey International,
CSIRO, Cosmos Media, Department of Agriculture, DFAT, Gardiner Foundation,
Global Food Studies The University of Adelaide, GRDC, ICRISAT,  IFPRI, La
Trobe University, Murdoch University, OGTR, PBCRC, QUT, Rabobank, RIRDC,
TIA, UNFPA, UNE  School of Environmental & Rural Science, UQ, UWA Faculty of
Science, UWS


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