Food Security in a Changing Climate

Six hundred guests from the food industry were at London's Guildhall on 18th January 2011 to hear Paul Polman deliver the annual City Food Lecture: Food Security in a Changing Climate.

guildhall-panel-125In his lecture, Paul reminded the audience that the global population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050, leading to an extra 3 billion mouths to feed. Production will need to increase by 70%, according to the United Nations.

Paul made four practical proposals for change within agriculture:

  • The development of more sustainable farming models to produce more food

  • A dramatic boost in investment to hit the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s target of $83 billion (€62 billion) a year to meet increasing demand

  • The ending of ‘market-distorting’ subsidies which promote, for example, the production of unsustainable first-generation biofuels

  • The freeing up of trade and the end of European Union subsidies that discriminate against poorer nations.

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19/01/2011
Paul Polman City Food Lecture 2011
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