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GLOBE 2014 Theme: Food & Water Security
 

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Food and water are two of the most fundamental elements of our daily lives, yet in many respects, they are also two of the most mismanaged resources in the world. Competition for fresh water and ...

Food and water are two of the most fundamental elements of our daily lives, yet in many respects, they are also two of the most mismanaged resources in the world. Competition for fresh water and arable land for food production have increased to the point that the scarcity of both is now a harsh reality in every continent, not just developing nations. Climate change impacts and continuous population growth add to the scarcity issues resulting in some potentially very serious problems in the future. This theme will explore how the staples of life may be in peril and what businesses, governments, and citizens can do about it.

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GLOBAL FOOD & WATER MEGATRENDS – TOWARDS 2050
By 2050 the global population will reach 9 billion. Will everyone have secure access to enough food and enough water? Five “Megatrends” have been identified that will affect food and water security: increases in overall population, urban concentrations, energy use, water scarcity, and lack of arable land. As the upward pressures on these Megatrends continue, the effects on developed and developing nations will be significantly different, but both will face unique challenges and opportunities. How can developed nations assist developing nations with these challenges? What policies, technologies, and investments can help achieve global food and water security? Are the solutions both fiscally and environmentally sustainable?

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    GLOBE 2014 Theme: Food & Water Security GLOBE 2014 Theme: Food & Water Security Document Transcript

    • Conference Theme and Sessions Food & Water Security: Protecting our Most Precious Resources Food and water are two of the most fundamental elements of our daily lives, yet in many respects, they are also two of the most mismanaged resources in the world. Competition for fresh water and arable land for food production have increased to the point that the scarcity of both is now a harsh reality on every continent, not just developing nations. Climate change impacts and population growth are also contributing to scarcity issues for food and water, and these already serious problems could prove more challenging in the future. This theme will explore how businesses, governments, and citizens can protect our most precious natural resources. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS include Marco Ferroni Deborah Harford Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture Simon Fraser University Executive Director, >> SWITZERLAND Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, >> CANADA Mark Brand Todd Latham A Better Life Foundation Water Canada Founder & Board Member, >> CANADA Publisher, >> CANADA
    • Global Food and Water Megatrends – Towards 2050 By 2050 the world’s population will reach 9 billion. Will everyone have fair access to enough food and water? Five Megatrends will affect food and water security: increases in overall population, urban concentrations, energy use, water scarcity, and lack of arable land. What policies, technologies, and investments can help achieve global food and water security? Are the solutions both fiscally and environmentally sustainable? Food and Water Security in a Changing World New research has shown that global warming will significantly impact our capacity to grow food and our ability to provide secure access to clean water. Changing climate conditions will also impact businesses dependent on agricultural production and clean water. Learn why food and water security is not only essential for political stability and economic growth, but also for continued survival of business. Can Cities Feed Themselves? The rise of megacities gives rise to mega-challenges in feeding urban residents. Rising energy costs, increasing densification, and limited access to croplands for traditional farm-based agriculture means that cities must learn to feed themselves by such adaptive food systems as urban farming and urban agriculture. Hear from business and thought leaders about one of the most profound transformations of food production in human history. Featured GLOBE 2014 KEYNOTE Speaker Peter Brabeck-Letmathe Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nestlé >> SWITZERLAND Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is an outspoken advocate for more responsible water management at both the corporate and government levels. He authors Nestlé’s monthly Water Challenge blog and is the chair of the 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG), an organization that has worked with governments from some of the most water-scarce countries in the world including Jordan, Mexico, and South Africa. Other members of the WRG include the Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, and SABMiller. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to listen to a leader of one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies share his insights on water security and the immense challenges, and opportunities, businesses of all size face in the future. The Role of the Private Sector in Alleviating Water Scarcity The OECD estimates over one billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Acting alone, governments can’t solve this problem. What is the role of the private sector in alleviating global water scarcity? Learn from business leaders who know solving the world’s water scarcity problem is an imperative, not only from a profit and loss standpoint, but in the interest of sheer survival. The Competition for Water The competition for water is constant. Many sectors actively compete for secure access to dwindling supplies of clean water. What must companies and governments do to ensure there is enough water for all? Hear from competing water users about how they are securing their own water supplies while respecting the rights of others. FOR MORE INFORMATION: GLOBE Foundation World Trade Centre 578 – 999 Canada Place Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 3E1 Tel: 604-695-5001 Toll Free: 1 800-274-6097 Fax: 604-695-5019 Email: info@globeseries.com   SaveMarch 4, 2014 $300 Register by     To learn more about the event and register, visit: globeseries.com