Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

The future for agricultural land use - productivity, environmental sustainability, and technological innovations

Morning, Thursday, 19th March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference  will examine the next steps for agricultural land use, and the future for agricultural policy and regulation.


Sessions look at the science and key developments in innovation in this area, and what more can be done to meet the productivity and environment challenges for the sector.


We expect discussion on the future priorities for agriculture and the new regulatory regime, following the publication of the draft Agriculture Bill - including the impact of moving towards a system of payment for public goods in areas such as environmental and animal welfare standards.


Delegates will also consider the proposed Environment Bill, including its impact on agriculture and the role that the new Office for Environmental Protection will play in scrutinising environmental policy and law.


Further sessions look at what more can be done to make sure promote sustainable use of land - taking into account areas such as biodiversity and soil health - whilst moving towards net zero emissions, as well the role of technology and scientific innovation.


The agenda also looks at the practicalities of increasing farming productivity and the future competitiveness of the UK agricultural sector will also be considered.


Speakers


We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from:


  • Professor Gideon Henderson, Chief Scientific Advisor, Defra;
  • Professor Tim Benton, Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House;
  • Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Chair, Science Advisory Council, Defra;
  • Dr Andrea Graham, Head of Policy Services, NFU;
  • Dr Katrina Hayter, Challenge Director, ISCF Transforming Food Production Programme, UK Research and Innovation;
  • Carolina von der Weid, Head of Agriculture Section, Embassy of Brazil; and
  • Senior speaker confirmed from the Department of International Affairs, Sustainable Development and Food Systems, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland.

The agenda


  • The future of agriculture land use - key issues and policy priorities;
  • Transforming farming - sustainability, innovation, public goods and productivity;
    • Developing an agricultural system that delivers public goods and improves productivity;
    • Increasing soil health - sustainable food production and regenerative agriculture;
    • Supporting biodiversity and species protection across agriculture;
    • Implementing new technology and addressing  barriers to adoption;
    • Engaging with farming communities - sharing new practices, skills and protecting the environment
  • Adapting agriculture to the challenges of climate change and the future of food security
  • International case studies on agriculture land use - increasing food production and improving environmental standards; and
  • Next steps for policy in agriculture and land use management.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Gideon Henderson

Chief Scientific Advisor, Defra and Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

Professor Sir Charles Godfray

Chair, Science Advisory Council, Defra; Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

Professor Tim Benton

Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House

Dr Katrina Hayter

Challenge Director, ISCF Transforming Food Production Programme, UK Research and Innovation

Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department of International Affairs, Sustainable Development and Food Systems, Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Switzerland

Dr Andrea Graham

Head of Policy Services, NFU

Carolina von der Weid

Head of Agriculture Section, Embassy of Brazil