Feeding more than nine billion by 2050: challenges and opportunities


Public Event: 22nd April 2015, Canberra & Copenhagen.

Crawford School of Public Policy, FE2W Network and the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems are launching a special issue of the Food Security journal with events in both Canberra and Copenhagen. This issue looks at challenges and opportunities of sustainable food supply.

Since the food price spike of 2008 there has been increased interest in the challenges of feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050. The next 35 years represents a critical transition period in terms of food, energy, the environment and water. While markets provide some of the solutions, policies and governance arrangements are needed to ensure that markets operate efficiently, and effective governance arrangements are required to respond to the multi-dimensional nature of food security and to ensure that domestic and international institutions coordinate across policy domains.

At this special event, experts from Australia, Bangladsh, China, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, UK, and US will present their perspectives.

Speakers presented in Canberra include:

  • Professor Justin Borevitz, Research School of Biology, ANU
  • Dr Colin Chartres, University of Canberra
  • Dr Dana Cordell, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Dr Gary Fitt, CSIRO Biosecurity Flagships
  • Professor Quentin Grafton, Crawford School, ANU
  • Dr Fiona McKenzie, Australian Futures Project
  • Dr Ejaz Qureshi, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Dr Nazmun Ratna, Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Dr Hang To, Crawford School, ANU
  • Dr Dennis Wichelns, US
  • Professor John Williams, Crawford School, ANU
  • Mellissa Wood, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

The launch will have a video link session with Copenhagen from 6-7pm:

  • Professor Carsten Daugbjerg, Crawford School, ANU (in Copenhagen)
  • Dr Miles Grafton, Massey University, New Zealand (in Copenhagen)
  • Professor Jane Rickson, Cranfield University, UK (in Copenhagen)
  • Professor Richard Strange, University of London (in Copenhagen)
  • Dr Wusheng Yu, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (in Copenhagen)

Event program is available here.