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In the last ten years or so, there has been a sharply increasing international focus on the need to produce more food, bio-energy and wood fibre. The reasons are many, more or less obvious, and interlinked in often complex ways.
With the globalisation of economies, industrial processing, and trade flows, these needs for increased production of plants for different purposes, and the enormous array of issues related to them, have acquired international prominence of unprecedented nature. Virtually every UN-body, development bank, international policy and research institutes, global and local environmental and social NGOs, and others with programmes or mandates touching upon agriculture, forestry, environment and/or energy have launched programmes, held seminars and conferences, produced studies and reports, and/or got engaged in research and advocacy work.
The production of the “three Fs” – food, fibre and (bio-)fuel – as they are popularly referred to (sometimes a fourth F, feed, is added, referring to the production of animal protein), have one thing in common: they all rely upon photosynthesis, and therefore they all require suitable land to grow on. The issue of if and where there is land, and particularly reasonably good and productive land, available for the required increases in the production of food, fibre and fuel has become one of the most hotly debated issues in recent years, as the global competition for such land increases almost exponentially.
The purpose of this seminar, and the first one held on 27 September, is to present and discuss a comprehensive overview of the current situation and thinking regarding global production of food, fibre and bio-fuel, and to focus on the issue of land availability for such production. The seminars are a joint initiative by four of KSLA’s Committees (see above). They are international in character, but also point at the relevance of these issues to the Swedish green sector, e.g. in the fields of development cooperation, trade, business opportunities, etc.
In the first seminar, focus was on presenting facts on demand, supply, production, and trends, where and how production is currently done and projections on what will happen in the next 20 years, for food, fibre and fuel, and on availability of, and competition for, land for this production. In this second seminar, focus will be on the technical, economic, social and environmental issues that must be addressed in order to achieve the required increase in production from limited land areas available. For more information on the background to the seminars, see www.sifi.se.
Moderator of seminars: Mr. Lennart Båge, Ambassador and ex-President IFAD.
Registration: as per 21 November at the latest.
Fee: SEK 500 (Fellows and students: SEK 200)
This seminar is a joint undertaking by the four KSLA Committees on International Forestry Issues, International Agricultural Issues, Energy Issues and Sustainable Development. The seminar is financed with support from the A.W. Bergsten and Carl Fredrik von Horn foundations.
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