How to feed 9 billion people by 2050?

26 November 2017
Digital Business Space
Pokrovka 47, Moscow
15:30 - 17:00
Current food policy
Come on out if you:
are concerned about the quality of your food and want to know how it can be improved;
are curious of how a tiny country like The Netherlands became the globe's number two exporter of food (after the U.S.);
want to meet one of the most prominent figures in food policy and security in the world;
work or study in the fields of agriculture or food production and seek professional inspiration.
The lecture will be in English without translation
"Food is as important as energy, as security, as the environment. Everything is linked together"
World food production per capita has never been as high as it is nowadays and it keeps growing. However, more than half of the world's population face nutrition problems on a regular basis. People still die of hunger and suffer from anaemia due to iron deficiency. At the same time some face obesity due to increased consumption of foods that are high in energy, fats, added sugars or salt, along with an inadequate intake of fruits, vegetables and dietary fibre.

The problem is more complex than simply the amount of food being produced. It encompasses all the stages of food transformation: growing, harvesting, packing, processing, marketing, consuming and disposing of food residues and also includes sociocultural, environmental and political factors. Developing healthy eating behaviours must be considered alongside the improvement of diet.

Louise Fresco, an influential thinker and globetrotting advisor on sustainability, says it's time to think of food as a topic of social and economic importance on par with oil. Fresco argues that responsible agriculture and food consumption are crucial to global stability. In her lecture she will focus on what should be done with food systems in order to ensure food security in the years to come.
Louise Fresco
Fresco is the President of the Executive Board of the Wageningen University & Research Centre in The Netherlands. She combines a long academic career as a professor at Wageningen University and the University of Amsterdam, along with various visiting professorships and extensive involvement in policy and development. She is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and four foreign academies, and is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. She served for nearly 10 years as the Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organisation at the UN and has spent extensive periods working in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She served as a non-executive director of Unilever, was a member of the supervisory board of Rabobank and the Socio-Economic Council, the highest advisory body in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize and an author of 12 books published in Dutch, including three novels. Her book Hamburgers in Paradise has recently been published in English.
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 15:30
Digital Business Space
Pokrovka 47, Moscow