Food security summit update

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Climate change, water shortage, higher energy prices, crop diseases and a rapidly expanding population. These are all factors that are making it increasingly difficult and risky for farmers and governments to ensure the world has enough to eat (The Media Line). As such, Food Security 2012 will focus on the fundamentals of agribusiness and understanding the global food and agricultural commodities market; as well as understanding risks, mitigating against risks and growing sustainable development and investment. 

The conference, to be held on 18-22 June 2012 at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg, will be the first of its kind to draw analysis and debate from a wide range of topics presented by various different parties and sectors.

Key topics include:

  • The government’s response to dealing with issues pertaining to food security
  • Analysing agricultural policy and legislation in SA and its implications for food security
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in food security: the importance of business and the public sector working together
  • Measuring accountability and governance in food security initiatives through both the private and public sectors
  • Incorporating PPPs into food security and the impact that it has on business operations and food supply
  • Procurement of food: the lessons learnt and best practices in procuring food
  • Distribution of food: delivering food to aid and development programmes
  • Localisation for food manufacturers and processing
  • Importing and exporting and its relationship to food security
  • Pricing of food: addressing inequality in food distribution and pricing
  • What is food security worth in southern Africa and how are initiatives being funded?
  • Malnutrition
  • Genetically modified food: the impact on food security, nutrition and health
  • Looking at the loss of biodiversity and the consequent impact that this has on food security
  • Determining the impact of land tenure reform and redistribution on food security
  • Insuring against food insecurity: managing the risks to prevent major loss
  • The development of sustainable farming methods in order to alleviate food insecurity
  • The water crisis: ensuring access to clean water for agricultural purposes and the implications for food security

Miriam Altman, HSRC, and commissioner of the National Planning Commission (NPC) will present the keynote address on the first day, defining the current situation with regards to food security and the lack of it in southern Africa. She will specifically focus on income inequality and access to food: the Gini coefficient and determining food supply, the availability of different types of produce and accessibility compared with poverty lines and population growth.

Neil Crowder, CEO of Chayton Capital, will present the keynote address on the third day, identifying potential investment in Africa, possible stakeholders and the need for consistent operational and financial engagement.

Other key speakers include:

  • Masenya Masenya, director: corporate communications, Progress Milling
  • Kulani Machaba, registration and regulatory affairs manager, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Du Pont Agriculture
  • Jan Mocke, COO, Joburg Market
  • Professor Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju, director of research and innovation, University of Venda
  • Kelvin Glen, director, Tiger Brands Foundation
  • Andries Wiese, group manager: Agriculture & Crop, Mutual and Federal
  • Omri van Zyl, associate director, Deloitte Africa Agribusiness (DAAU)
  • Jeunesse Park, CEO, Food and Trees for Africa