Meeting the Paris Climate Targets and Beyond: Technologies for Future Food Systems

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Hoffmann Centre, EER, CIFF, CLUA, World Economic Forum

19 March 2018, 08:30–17:00 PDT  •  Workshop

San Francisco, United States

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Event organiser

Hoffmann Centre, EER, CIFF, CLUA, World Economic Forum

As the competition for land is set to intensify, feeding future generations while avoiding dangerous climate change will require a redesign of the current production system. Whilst great effort is being mobilised to identify science-based targets and transformation pathways that the global food and land use system can pursue, an additional key question is what role disruptive innovations and technologies could play in decoupling food production from land and other resource use, (thereby abating further environmental and climate-related impacts), and whether these would in turn transform future agri-food and protein production, and consumption patterns?

Many of these potentially disruptive technologies come with big promises – whether reducing waste, resource use and GHG emissions; boosting yields; and transforming diets. However, most of these claims remain unproven at scale and in the natural environment. There are also continued questions raised over their scalability, public good nature (versus proprietary technologies and data creation) and public acceptance. Furthermore, it remains challenging for policy makers to design supportive mechanisms to help align these myriad systems – from land, climate, energy, food to water – towards promoting more sustainable outcomes through the use of such technologies, whether through finance, policies, regulation or public engagement.

Co-organised by Chatham House’s Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy and its Energy, Environment and Resources Department and the World Economic Forum (jointly the Environment and Natural Resource Security System Initiative and the Food Systems Initiative) with the support of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Climate and Land Use Alliance (for the Hoffmann Centre) and the ClimateWorks Foundation (for the World Economic Forum), this dialogue will bring together experts and representatives from the science and technology communities, start-up founders, investors, business leaders, philanthropists, as well as civil society representatives.

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