Bertebos Conference 2018

Konferens

Global Food Security

Ensuring sustainable food production at local to global scales

Will there be food to feed us all? FAO predicts that the world population may reach 9.7 billion in 2050. The social and economic sustainability of this growth requires 50–100 % more food, fiber and fuel to be available for the global market, at affordable prices – and this food must be produced sustainably.

The brutal roller coaster of staple food commodity prices and food supplies in recent years is evidence of a poorly balanced system on a razor’s edge. It has led to increased concerns about food self-sufficiency amongst policy makers at global, national and regional scales because of tight linkages among food availability, food security, social stability and political independence. Climate change and associated increased variability in yields and staple food stocks will add to this volatility – and to more concern.

Open markets and global trade generally contribute to efficient use of scarce resources and stabilization of prices. Their development in recent years, however, has led to questioning of this central experience and consensus. Some argue that there are situations and special conditions where increased national food self-sufficiency could be vital. Other scientists warn against the dangers of policies that restrict free trade in agricultural commodities under any conditions.

Both perspectives seem to agree that strategic investments in research, development and infrastructure to enhance food self-sufficiency would be justified for a country that is currently a net importer of food but which has the natural resources to give “comparative advantage” to produce more food domestically.

This conference will focus on economic, political and social justification for national food self-sufficiency, how to assess comparative advantage in food production, and sustainable/ecological intensification as a means to reach food self-sufficiency.

The Bertebos Prize was founded by Bertebos Foundation and established in 1996 by Brita and Olof Stenström for distinguished development in areas of food, agriculture, animal health and ecology. The prize is followed by a two-day conference in Falkenberg, Sweden, in the following year, focused on the research area of the award winner.

The focus of the 2018 Bertebos conference is the area of sustainable food systems, especially the concepts of  ecological intensification of agricultural production and food self sufficiency. This is the research focus of Professor Kenneth G. Cassman, the winner of the Bertebos prize in 2017. The conference will be held at Strandbaden Hotel , Falkenberg, Sweden, on 26–28 August 2018.

Kenneth G. Cassman, Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska, USA, has been one of leading scientists in developing the concept of ecological intensification of agricultural production. The concept relates to how we can minimize gap between the current yield at the farm level to the potential yield achievable by the use of best available technologies and knowledge, while minimizing negative environmental impacts and conserving natural resources. Professor Cassman has played a major role in developing a global yield gap atlas for important food crops. Throughout his career, he has also engaged in efforts to ensure that scientific findings are translated into action at the farm level.

More about the Bertebos Prize →

Standard registration SEK 4 200 SEK. Deadline 15 August 2018.
Young participants (30 years or younger) SEK 2 000 SEK.
(VAT/moms included) The fee includes all meals during the conference, but not lodging.

For program and more information on the conference, please see the above PDF-invitation.


Årets viltmatdag

19/8: Vad kan lite vilt göra på tallriken och var är det vilda i svensk livsmedelsstrategi diskuteras bland annat vid årets Viltmatdag där också vinnaren av utmärkelsen ”Årets Viltmatkrog” presenteras.

Årets viltmatdag

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En svensk växtnäringsstrategi som en del av den nationella livsmedelsstrategin

13/10: Är det dags för en svensk växtnäringsstrategi som en del av den nationella livsmedelsstrategin för en mer robust livsmedelsförsörjning? Frågan diskuteras vid Jordbruksavdelningens höstöverläggning.

En svensk växtnäringsstrategi som en del av den nationella livsmedelsstrategin

13/10: Är det dags för en svensk växtnäringsstrategi som en del av…

S.O.S. Sustain Our Soils! Om ett hållbart jordbruk för jorden, och Jorden

27/9: Mer mat och mångfald från mindre mark, med mindre insatser och mindre miljö- och klimatpåverkan. Välkomna till seminariet ”S.O.S. Sustain Our Soils! Om ett hållbart jordbruk för jorden, och Jorden”.

S.O.S. Sustain Our Soils! Om ett hållbart jordbruk för jorden, och Jorden

27/9: Mer mat och mångfald från mindre mark, med mindre insatser och…

Plant Breeding – The key to food security and improved foods

26 Oct: This Bertebos Seminar has its focus on plant breeding applications to ensure increased food security in low-income countries and is arranged by the 2022 Prize Laureate, professor Rodomiro Ortiz.

Plant Breeding – The key to food security and improved foods

26 Oct: This Bertebos Seminar has its focus on plant breeding applications…