July 24, 2019


Feeding the Future Summit to address challenges facing agribusiness



With more than nine billion people to feed by 2050, there is a clear need to focus on the solutions to achieve food affordability and security for everyone. Feeding the Future Summit, an Economist event, is back in Singapore on July 26 for an examination of the issues facing the Asia-Pacific region.


The event will assemble more than 150 senior executives from around the Asia-Pacific region representing agribusiness, food manufacturing, policy, international agencies, science and the NGO community. Together they will examine the implications of the tremendous increase in food demand, the economic and geopolitical risks involved in food production, and how science and technology can help to tackle these risks.


Other key topics up for debate include the impact of global issues such as migration, climate change and trade policy on the food systems; an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the region; and some examples of positive environmental impacts.


Chaired by Jan Piotrowski, business editor at The Economist and Miranda Johnson, South-East Asia correspondent, the event features speakers including: Thuok Nao, Secretary of state, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia; Cherrie Atilano, founder and chief executive, Agrea Agricultural Systems International; Ingrid van Wees, vice-president for Finance and Risk Management, Asian Development Bank; Peter Ford, president, Asia-Pacific, Corteva Agriscience; Sean Toohey, executive vice-president and president, Asia-Pacific, Ecolab; Pawan Agarwal, chief executive, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India; Margarita Astrálaga, Director, environment, climate, gender and social inclusion division, International Fund for Agricultural Development; Michael Keller, secretary-general, International Seed Federation; Michael Finucan, general manager, international business, Meat and Livestock Australia; Wisman Djaja, director, sustainable agriculture development and procurement, PT Nestle Indonesia; Christiane Rudert, regional adviser nutrition, Unicef; Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, research programme leader, value chains and nutrition, WorldFish; Edwini Kessie, director, agriculture and commodities division, World Trade Organisation.


Agenda and registration details can be found on https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/asia/feeding-the-future-asia#agenda