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The Circular Economy to Food Security

Canberra, 29-30 August, 2016

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From Denis Blight AO,

Chief Executive
The Crawford Fund
I can confidently say there is no single, simple pathway to global food security.

There are many advocates for particular solutions ranging from organic farming to modern technology and plant and animal breeding, improved farming practices and soil preservation, open access to knowledge, free or fair trade, through to changes in national and international policy and practice and increased investment. This diversity is reflected in the Crawford Fund’s conferences, training programs and Master Classes.

Reducing food loss and waste (FLW), whether in the farmer’s field, during transport, in processing, or by consumers, is one of the paths to improving global food security and sustaining agriculture.  The scale of FLW has gained serious international attention, including at the G20 summit in 2015. It attracted the Fund’s interest many months earlier as we searched for a suitable topic for our 2016 conference.  As we researched the topic it became clear that it too is complex.  It embraces the whole field-to-fork value chain: production, post production procedures, processing, distribution and consumption. It extends into the impact on global warming and promotes questions such as who benefits and who loses from the losses, and who should pay for their reduction.  What are the roles of the public and private sectors and what if anything can be done about reducing losses and in the management and reuse of waste to get us through a circular economy?

We are pleased to present an outstanding group of speakerspolicy makers, corporate sector leaders, key researchers and in-the-field practitioners to address the issue at this year’s conference:
'WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: The Circular Economy to Food Security', at which we endeavour to again focus Australian attention on food security.

Louise FrescoOur conference website has more information on all speakers and the full program. And you can register here.

The Sir John Crawford Memorial Address will be delivered on the evening of 29 August by Professor Louise Fresco (pictured), President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centre who is well-placed to address 'The Future of Our Food'.

The one day conference in Parliament House includes keynote speakers from the public research and private sectors:
  • Dr Karen Brooks, from the International Food Policy Research Institute and at the centre of global policy on FLW; and
  • Mr Daniel Lagger, from Nestlé Oceania, who will highlight private sector interventions around FLW.
This year we have a new structure, with leading researchers providing overviews of the FLW issues and solutions along the value chain, and then practitioners presenting innovative projects that have not previously been given the attention they deserve across industries and global regions. We’ve also included four Q&A sessions and a special lunchtime discussion opportunity.

We will continue our successful Conference Scholars Program to encourage young people in their study, volunteering or careers in international agricultural research. We have had tremendous feedback on the benefit to those attending our event in having young people involved, so we hope many who attend the conference will help us in these endeavours and donate to the scholars program when they are prompted in the registration process.

I do hope you can join us and be part of our deliberations in Canberra to help frame a way forward in food security that draws on the best practice in reducing food loss and waste.

Denis Blight AO,
Chief Executive
The Crawford Fund

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