Date: Wednesday 16.1.2013 - Thursday 17.1.2013, 12.45
Venue: Heinrich Boell Stiftung, 10117 Berlin, Schumannstr. 8
Language: German and English; Simultaneous translation available
The future scenario of agriculture almost calls for the squaring of the circle. While resource utilization and environmental impact have to decrease more people will put pressure on the scarce resources of the planet. Moreover, visions of a bio-based economy convey the idea that future commodities can rely more and more on renewable resources, that is on crops. Therefore, more sectors than the food sector will put pressure on the agricultural sector than today. Since many years one can already notice this trend when looking at the bio-fuel industry.
More demand of a scarce resource mans that prices rise. Constituting a burden for those who rely on cheap agricultural products - especially food - rising prices mean interesting business opportunities for investors. Without adequate regulation this poses great dangers to food security, and the environment, as the destruction of the environment through unsustainable practices is still not included in the costs of production.
To confront those challenges, it is clear that investments taking account of future challenges have to be made. Equally important, prudent political decisions should guide the way to a sustainable agriculture. The two-day conference of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung invites representatives from (international) civil society, academia and the political realm to discuss potential solutions to this problem.
Invited speakers comprise among others: