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05 Jul 2018
08:30 - 13:30

A public forum on 3-D Agriculture: Defence, Diplomacy and Development

A public forum on 3-D Agriculture: Defence, Diplomacy and Development

To feed 10 billion people in 2050, it will be necessary to produce much more and much better. The challenge is immense, but the geostrategic importance of global agriculture and food issues is too often poorly understood. Agriculture and food are central to many of the importance challenges we face in this century: adaptation to climate change, the future of free trade, distress migration, the resurgence of conflicts, gender inequalities, etc. And because of their strengths, French actors in agriculture and food have a major role to play!

Updated on 06/07/2018
Published on 05/28/2018

The debate

Ten years after the food crisis in 2008, global agricultural challenges are now the subject of less public debate. However, after a decade of moderate decline, global famine has recently seen a resurgence and now affects nearly 815 million people (FAO). This indicator presages the dual challenges that will be faced by global agriculture during the coming years: firstly, the need to produce more to feed 10 billion people in 2050, and secondly to produce better in response to new expectations from consumers with respect to agriculture, and to preserve our natural resources. To produce more and better is thus an immense challenge for agriculture in the future. It would nevertheless be wrong to see this as a simple roadmap for farmers and agronomists. Agriculture is a geostrategic issue where major global challenges need to be addressed at a local level: adaptation to climate change and the preservation of natural resources, the future of free trade, the prevention of conflicts and distress migration, training and employment for young people, gender inequalities and the role of Europe in globalisation. The list goes on.

In France, it is now clear there is a need for external "3-D" action on the "Defence, Diplomacy and Development" tryptic that will profoundly affect the causes of these crises and combine short-term security and long-term stability. It is crucial to address agricultural challenges by means of a cross-disciplinary and resolutely international approach. What role does agriculture play in France’s policies on foreign affairs, trade or development aid? What are the roles for research, training, industry and civilian society?  France remains a major agricultural power with strong foundations: a climate and environment favourable to a wide variety of crops, competitive agriculture, flagship agribusinesses of international importance, cutting-edge public and private sector agricultural research, top level training in agriculture and agronomy and a globally recognised gastronomic heritage. In light of all these advantages, it is necessary to assess the importance of France’s role in addressing the major challenges that face agriculture in the future.

Practical information

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Reception will be open from 08:00 at 27 rue de la Convention.
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Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
27 Rue de la Convention
Ministerial Conference Centre
75015 Paris


08:00: Welcome to participants

08:30: Opening of the Forum
    Jean-François Isambert, President of Club DEMETER
    Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

09:00: Keynote address
    José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO): “Agriculture and food for peace in the world”

09:15: Session 1 - Agriculture and food: strategic challenges for the 21st century?
Introduction and overview
    Bertrand Badie (Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po): Food insecurity, a factor for international instability

Round Table
    Claudia Roessler (Director of Agriculture, Microsoft): What are the technical solutions to producing more and better in the future?
    Thierry Blandinières (Director General of InVivo): Which market dynamics for the future?
    Mamadou Goïta (Director of the Institute for Research and Promotion of Development Alternatives in Africa - IRPAD): Africa, an increasingly important mirror for global agricultural and food challenges
    Teresa Ribera (Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations - IDDRI): Which agricultural policies for Europe after 2020?

10:40: Coffee break

11:10: Session 2 – What are the roles for French actors in dealing with global food challenges?
Introduction and overview
    Pascal Boniface (Director of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs - IRIS): Agriculture as a factor for France’s global influence

Round Table
    Laurent Bili (Director General for Globalisation, Culture, Education and International Development at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs): Which agricultural and food diplomacy for France?
    Philippe Mauguin (President of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research - INRA): French public research faced with the global challenges of agriculture
    Jean-Yves Foucault (President of Limagrain): How can local activities and internationalisation be combined in agriculture?
    Pierre Micheletti (Vice-President of Action Against Hunger): Food to achieve peace: what is the role for civilian society?
    Isabelle De Crémoux (CEO of Seventure): The nutrition-health link: which innovations for the future?

12:30: Closing Statement of the Forum
    Stéphane Travert, Minister for Agriculture and Food

Leadership of Round Table debates: Marie-France Chatin, journalist at Radio France Internationale