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This conference examined the next steps for developing food and climate policy in the UK.
It discussed priorities for policymakers, the farming, food and drink sectors, and consumers and wider stakeholders in the context of:
- the Government Food Strategy
- issues outlined by the UK’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment and outcomes from COP26
- the first UK Food Security Report
- the Environment Act
- sectoral initiatives, and government measures aimed at achieving net-zero ambitions including the 2030 Strategic framework for international climate and nature action
Sessions in the agenda looked at:
- climate change adaptation - the current landscape and future outlook
- UK food security - priorities for tackling the impact of climate change on the UK
- challenges for UK farming - what support, systems and partnerships are needed if net-zero ambitions are to be achieved
- enabling the role of agriculture - mitigating the impact of climate change - sustainability alongside productivity - development and implementation of new farming practices - investment and support
- the food and drink industry - the impact of net-zero ambitions - achieving business resilience and maintaining growth - opportunities for collaboration
- decarbonising food and drink - investment - innovation - implementing technology transitions - addressing challenges across the supply chain - measuring progress
- strategic and competitive priorities - sector sustainability - key issues for consumer engagement
- policy - next steps and the way ahead for food and climate policy in the UK
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with: Victoria Prentis MP, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Climate Change Committee; Dr Riaz Bhunnoo, Director, Global Food Security Programme; Andrew Clark, Director of Policy, National Farmers Union; Katherine Clifford, Head of Public Affairs, Nestle UK & Ireland; and Emma Piercy, Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy, Food and Drink Federation.
The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from Defra; the Cabinet Office; CCC; Department for the Economy, NI; DAERA, NI; the DIT; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland; FSA; Food Standards Scotland; POST; Veterinary Policy Research Foundation; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentarian pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.