Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Next steps for food security in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 20th January 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine policy priorities for strengthening food security in the UK and building sector resilience in the face of present and future challenges.

This will be a timely opportunity to assess recent policy developments, such as the Agriculture Act and the Environment Bill, as well as the recommendations outlined in the National Food Strategy which are expected to inform a government white paper within the next six months.

Delegates will also discuss the impact of the UK leaving the EU on food security and supply chains, as well as that of COVID-19 and climate change, and consider latest thinking on strategies and frameworks that can be implemented to help deal with future developments and protect against disruption.

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • policy priorities for strengthening food security in the UK
  • learning from disruption due to COVID-19 and Brexit and building sector resilience
  • meeting the challenge of climate change and taking forward the outcomes from COP26
  • addressing supply chain issues and the effects of fluctuations in price
  • linking with international approaches
  • improving access to healthy food options and taking forward the National Food Strategy
  • taking more ethical approaches towards food security - good food for everyone, forever
  • consumer priorities and food choice and availability
  • priorities for land use management and Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from Defra; the Department for International Trade; DAERA, NI; Food Standards Scotland; Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from the BSI Group; CHAP (Crop Health & Protection); John Lewis Partnership; and Met Office.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from FoodNavigator and IHS Markit.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, together with representatives of the agriculture and food and drink sector across the value chain, local government officials, consumer groups and the third sector, representatives of the agritech and crop science industries, stakeholders involved in research and innovation, international attendees, and academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Professor Sir Charles Godfray

Director, Oxford Martin School Programme on the Future of Food, Oxford University; and former Chair (2015-2021), Science Advisory Council, Defra

Daniel Crossley

Executive Director, Food Ethics Council

Professor Sandy Thomas

Director, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and Chair, Science Council, UK Food Standards Agency

Rt Hon the Lord Deben

Chairman, Climate Change Committee

David Baldock

Senior Fellow, Agriculture and Land Management Programme, The Institute for European Environmental Policy

Dustin Benton

Policy Director, Green Alliance; and formerly Chief Analytical Adviser, National Food Strategy

Emma Piercy

Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy, Food and Drink Federation