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The Great Food Challenge - Part 2

World Food Day: How do we feed 10 billion people by 2050?

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Part 2 | World Food day: How do we feed 10 billion people by 2050?


Friday, 16 October 2020
Morning Session: 11:00-13:00 GMT+1
Afternoon Session: 14:00-16:00 GMT+1


What will truly revolutionise our global food systems to feed 10 billion people in 2050? Whilst this question has been asked for over a decade, the current global food system, supply chains, consumption patterns, and agricultural practices have not adapted anywhere near enough to support 10 billion people in a sustainable, low-carbon way. 

World Food Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of FAO in an exceptional moment as countries around the world deal with the widespread effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It’s time to look into the future we need to build together. 

To feed 10 billion people by 2050 will require a mixture of political will, innovative technologies, and a fundamental rethink of how we finance a more sustainable and equitable global food and agricultural system. This extended session is designed to celebrate and promote groundbreaking innovations, finance, and policy interventions that already exist and must be adopted and scaled today.


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Core Discussion Points:

  • Food Policy: How do we create a policy/regulatory environment that will allow us to feed 10 billion people?
  • Food Finance: What innovative mechanisms are available to increase access to finance to accelerate sustainable agriculture?
  • Food Production: What technologies and innovations will increase yields whilst ensuring sustainable agribusiness practices?
  • Food Supply: How can we decarbonise global food supply chains?
  • Food Demand: How must we shift our global food behaviours towards more sustainable options?
  • Food Waste: How do we create more circular food systems by closing the loops?



Mike Barry, Former Chief Sustainability Officer, Marks & Spencer’s


Morning session:

  • Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Margarita Astrálaga, Director of the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division, IFAD
  • Eric Soubeiran, CEO of Danone Ecosystem Fund
  • Malachy Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Farrelly & Mitchell
  • Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme Food Transformation Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Claudia Rössler, Director of Agriculture, Microsoft
  • Giulia M. Stellari - Director, Sustainable Sourcing, Digital and Carbon Solutions - Unilever
  • Dr. Eduardo Mansur, Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environmrnt (OCB), FAO


Afternoon session:

  • Tess Kelly, Sustainable Development Manager, Quorn
  • Stefan Fürnsinn, Senior Vice President Digital Farming, Yara International
  • Emma Chow, Lead Chow Lead Food Initiative, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Philippe Schuler, Global Movement Coordinator & Food Waste Warrior, Too Good to Go
  • Arthur Falcette – Young Farmer – Latin America
  • Nikki Pilania Chaudhary – Young Farmer – India
  • Dr. Zitouni Oulddada, Deputy Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO


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About the Event Series:

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and Climate Action host a three-part digital event series addressing global food, agriculture, and land use challenges in the face of our climate and health emergencies.

The series has been designed in response to the growing demand for new models of multi-stakeholder collaboration to achieve food security, sustainable development and other global goals outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

Join us in creating a #ZeroHunger world.

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