Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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Food security - UK priorities, supporting domestic production and driving innovation

Morning, Monday, 30th November 2020

Online Conference

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

This conference will examine key issues for food security and UK supply chain.

We expect delegates to focus on priorities for food supply chains and UK agriculture in the context of:

  • changes proposed in the Agriculture and the Environment Bills - including moving towards a system of payment for public goods and the introduction of an Office for Environmental Protection (OEP)
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply chains and those working in them, and on global food security
  • UK trade negotiations with the EU
  • the Government’s commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

Key areas for discussion:


  • the Government’s response to the pandemic
  • the impact of the pandemic on the UK economy and what it means for the future of UK agriculture and food sector
  • what more needs to be done to support recovery
  • the pandemic and global supply chains - implications for the UK and the long-term resilience of international food systems

UK government policy

  • shaping an Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme to support domestic production, as Defra launches a consultation on what any future scheme will look like
  • the Agricultural and Environment Bills, assessing:
    • how best to shape a future Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme to improve sector productivity, and meet environmental targets
    • the role of regulatory systems - including the OEP - and possible effect of divergence at the end of the EU Exit Transition Period on domestic food production
    • new trading relationships and the future relationship with the EU and its impact on food standards, the food and farming workforce, and access to markets for British businesses
    • how the sector is adapting to moves to sustainable diets and its impact on food security
    • the potential of innovation in crop science, agri-food and land use in supporting industry to meet productivity and net zero emissions targets
  • agricultural land use, sustainable diets and the pathway to net zero

Wider priorities

  • the impact of Brexit, any future trade deals and changes in market access on UK food security, supply chain resilience and food standards
  • what changes in regulation, environmental targets and the introduction of an Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) mean for the sector
  • developments in the agri-food and agri-tech sector and priority areas for innovation in food production

Why this is relevant: the context:

Delegates will consider the issues against the backdrop of a range of major policy developments affecting food security including:

The agenda:

  • Food security - the global context and the impact of the pandemic
  • Key issues for food security and UK supply chain - developing an ELM scheme that supports domestic food production, maintains standards and aids sector recovery from the pandemic
  • Stakeholder perspectives on UK food security - the impact of Brexit, meeting environmental targets, and developing funding and regulatory mechanisms to support production
  • Improving land use, supply chain efficiency, and the road to net zero
  • The effect of moves towards sustainable diets on UK food security and climate targets - managing the transition, adapting to consumer trends, and opportunities for novel foods
  • Improving productivity and impact of regulatory divergence - opportunities and evolving issues for agri-food and crop science
  • The impact of future trade negotiations - food standards, access to markets and meeting global commitments

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

It is certainly the case with this conference. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from Defra; the Department for International Trade; DFID; the DHSC; the National Audit Office; the National Food Crime Unit; the CMA; the Crown Commercial Service; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, NI; and the Welsh Government.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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

Dan Crossley

Executive Director, Food Ethics Council

Dr Shamal Mohammed

Chief Technical Officer, Agri-EPI Centre

Minette Batters

President, NFU

Christian Reynolds

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

Mark Buckingham

Corporate Engagement Lead, Bayer Crop Science, and Chair, Agricultural Biotechnology Council


Baroness Osamor

Member, Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee


Sarah Blanford

Crop, Organic and Agriculture Data Manager, Sainsbury’s

Anna Taylor

Executive Director, The Food Foundation and Chief Independent Adviser, National Food Strategy

Jack Ward

Chief Executive, British Growers Association

Vicki Hird

Sustainable Farming Campaign Coordinator, Sustain

Neil Shand

Interim Chief Executive, National Beef Association