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Global Food and Agriculture: Policy Options in Response to Increased Volatility

April 11 - April 13, 2011

Wilton Park, United Kingdom

Hosted by Wilton Park

In Partnership with IPC

With support from Associated British Foods

Cargill and Small Foundation

Future food price volatility was identified in the recently published UK Foresight Report (Foresight: The Future of Food and Farming, 2011) as one of the five key challenges facing the global food system in the coming years. The aim of this conference is to examine the causes of volatility, to reflect on its interconnectivity with issues across and beyond the food system, and to consider the international and national policy responses necessary to mitigate its negative effects.

The conference will begin by highlighting new pressures on the global food system and implications for food security. It will explore whether the current system is fit for purpose in the 21st century and how more equitable and sustainable outcomes may be achieved.

This will be followed by sessions addressing: the role of markets and the management of risk, agricultural commodity speculation, export restrictions, farm policies, and international policy options to manage volatility, among others.

It is intended that this discussion feed into the G20 meeting on food security and price volatility in May 2011.

Participants will address key questions about the global food and agricultural system, such as:

  • Is the current world food system fit for purpose in an era of increased price volatility and concern about global food security?

  • How might the negative effects of volatility be mitigated?

  • What international policy measures are required to protect the most vulnerable groups from the consequences of volatility?

  • Should food commodity markets be more regulated? If so, in what ways?

  • How might the WTO framework reflect new global realities?

  • What international policies and regulatory frameworks are appropriate?

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