Food Security: Mapping Risks, Building Resilience -Conference in Chatham House, London

Influencing through facilitation of Learning

Under the support of OXFAM and in the framework of its on-going EC funded project “Improving Food Security through strategies and Small Holder Production in the South Caucasus”, a delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia (MOA) represented by the Deputy Minister – Mr. Levan Davitashvili and the Head of the Department of Policy and Analysis – Mrs. Eka Zviadadze attended the conference in Chatham House/ London. The delegation was assisted by OXFAM’s South Caucasus Funding Coordinator – Ms. Anna Melland and Agriculture and Food Security Policy Program Manager in Georgia – Mr. Levan Dadiani.
Founded in 1920, Chatham House – the Royal Institute of International Affairs – is an independent policy institute based in London. It engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion on the most significant developments in international affairs to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
The conference on food security held on 01-02 December, 2014 was grounded on the fundamental conclusion that global food security is at risk from new threats and that there is a growing awareness of previously unrecognized sources of instability.
Key questions for discussion included:

– What are the greatest threats to the global food trade and what is required to manage the market?
– Can new business practices mitigate risk across the supply chain?
– What are the projected impacts of climate change on different parts of the food system?
– Can government-industry partnerships facilitate new investment to improve food security?

A broken food system and environmental crises are now reversing decades of progress against hunger according to Oxfam analysis. Food prices and endless cycles of regional food crises will create millions more hungry people unless we transform the way we grow and share food. Oxfam has been responding to food crises for 70 years and now we are supporting governments to lead the transformation to a fairer and more sustainable food system by investing in agriculture, valuing the world’s natural resources, managing the food system better and delivering equality for women who produce much of the world’s food.
As the food system becomes increasingly globalized and interconnected, disruptions reverberate faster and more widely than ever before. Vulnerabilities in the global supply chain, the impacts of climate change and instability in the global food market all have the potential to cause significant long-term disruption. As demand increases, there is an increased need to stabilize this fragile system. Senior policy-makers and business leaders, participants of this conference have mapped the risks facing the global food system, analyzed the potential impact and identified priorities for action. Discussion considered what is required in terms of national policy, international cooperation and new business practices to mitigate these risks and find cost-effective ways to ensure a more resilient food system.
To enable as open a debate as possible, the conference was held under the Chatham House Rule that states: “When a meeting
or part thereof is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed”.
Right after the conference, the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia was hosted at OXFAM House in Oxford where the learning and findings as well as action points with regard to enhancing collaboration between OXFAM’s project and the Ministry were considered.

 

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