On Wednesday 30th March, Sir Gordon Conway participated in High Level Seminar on “Future of Global Food and Farming. How can Science support food security, chaired by John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Advisor

The case for urgent action in the global food system is now compelling. We are at a unique moment in history as diverse factors converge to affect the demand, production and distribution of food over the next 20 to 40 years. The needs of a growing world population will have to be satisfied as critical resources such as water, energy and land become increasingly scarce. Food production and the food system must assume a much higher priority in political agendas across the world if we are to feed 9 billion people by 2050 equitably and sustainably.

Gordon spoke on Panel 3 ‘Ending Hunger’ with Policy views from fellow Montpellier Panellist Mr David Radcliffe.  He spoke of the urgent need for European leaders to end hunger by supporting agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa. “If we agree that we are in the business of sustainable development and not sustainable existence, then agricultural development should be a top priority,” said Sir Gordon.

“Hunger is an urgent issue as it not only impacts on people now, but leaves a lasting developmental burden on children that miss out of key nutrients in their early years.” Phil Bloomer from Oxfam agreed, ‘One third of all children in developing countries experience hunger and this leaves a 60 year scar on their development.’

Further information, with photos and resources can be found on the European Commission website.