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Environment & Sustainability, Commodities, Energy

FT Global Food Systems

Paradigm shifts from farm gate to fridge door

London |
Speakers include:
Clive Cookson

Clive Cookson

Financial Times

Judith  Batchelar OBE

Judith Batchelar OBE


Peder Tuborgh

Peder Tuborgh

Arla Foods


Now in its 3rd year, the FT Global Food Systems international conference brings together life science companies, farmers, retailers, agribusiness firms, technologists, academics and scientists to take an unflinching look at the big challenges facing the agriculture and food industry as the world population grows, and the shadow of climate change lengthens.

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2018 Testimonials

“An amazing day full of interesting and meaningful information.” Retail Analyst, Worshipful company of Farmers

“Great event! Focused and Innovative.” Chief Prosperity Officer, PP Sherpas Ltd

“It takes the global reputation of the FT to be able to attract the high caliber of speakers/superstars to a conference.” Master, The Worshipful Company of Farmers

“Stimulating range of agrochemical research & development linked to changing cultures and environments.” Quality & Regulatory Affairs Director, CPUK

"Excellent conference - future of agriculture summit facilitation expertly by FT." General Manager kerry Agribusiness,Kerry Group


Full Overview

Taking place in the lengthening shadow of climate change, our flagship Global Food Systems conference sets out this year to discover how agri-food stakeholders can and must pull together to bring about the radical paradigm shift needed if our global food systems are to succeed in delivering food security for all.

The summit will showcase the work of the corporate activists, the life science companies, pioneering retailers, manufacturers, food processing companies,  farmers, agribusiness leaders and technologists that are challenging orthodox thinking about our complex and vulnerable food systems, and implementing sustainable, collaborative and high-impact solutions.


Who Attends

The conference programme is structured to encourage conversation and the exchange of ideas with stakeholders and value chain partners from across the agriculture and food production ecosystem.  The audience will include senior level representation from UK and European farms, the multinational companies that supply and buy from farmers around the world; multinational food processing, transport and logistics firms, brands, manufacturers and big retailers. It will also include importers and exporters, technology firms, financial institutions and investors, NGOs, international organisations and policy-makers.


The FT Global Food Systems Story

Looked at through the lens of changing consumer expectations, and taking place in the lengthening shadow of climate change, our flagship Global Food Systems conference sets out to uncover how stakeholders are working together to drive more innovation and sustainability into food production and consumption processes.

It showcases the work of the pioneering retailers, manufacturers, food processors, farmers, agribusiness leaders and technologists that are challenging orthodox thinking about our complex and fragile food systems with their sustainable, collaborative and high-impact solutions.

A key aim of the summit, which was launched in 2017, is to help accelerate the adoption of more sustainable agri-food production and business practices through information sharing and new partnerships between stakeholders in the global food system. 

The conference programme at the day-long Global Food Systems summit is structured to encourage dynamic on-stage discussion as well as meaningful off-stage conversation and the exchange of ideas with stakeholders and value chain partners from across the agriculture and food production ecosystem. 


Why attend the Global Food Systems Summit


Agenda - 19th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and tea & coffee
  • 9:00am
    FT Chair’s opening remarks
  • 9:05am
    Summit Keynote interview
  • 9:25am
    Opening Panel: Food Security

    What is undermining or threatening food security? What are the stresses and shocks coming down the track? Combine the stresses (e.g. climate change) and the shocks (e.g. extreme weather) and global food systems get hit hard. Panellists will discuss how we are to make the leap from incremental change to radical transformation in order to produce global food systems that are resilient, and that can reliably deliver food security for all. What are the shifts that need to happen, and when?

  • 10:10am
    Keynote conversation: The Future of Food & Farming

    Judith Batchelar, Director of Brand, Sainsbury’s

    In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Circular Dialogues

    An opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they've heard on stage in small groups, joined by journalists and speakers.

  • 11:00am
    Tea and Coffee break
  • 11:20am
    Panel: Water security
  • 12:00pm
    Panel: Sustainable Food Supply in Europe

    Panellists will explore the relationships between stakeholders in the food supply chain in Europe and their drive towards sustainability and creating positive environmental, social and economic outcomes.

  • 12:40pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 12:55pm
  • 2:10pm
    Panel: Just Stop It!

    A panel to showcase examples of corporate activism in action with a discussion around leading by example & pulling together to precipitate radical shifts and transformation

  • 2:40pm
    Keynote Conversation: Halving childhood obesity by 2030
  • 3:00pm
    Tea and coffee break
  • 3:20pm
    Keynote interview
  • 3:40pm
    Industry spotlight
  • 3:50pm
    Keynote Address
  • 4:10pm
    Panel: Food in the News

    Evangelism v good science: Should food companies follow their consumers or the scientific evidence?

  • 4:40pm
    Agri-Food Business Model & Technology Innovation Showcase

    An up-to-the-minute view of the agri-food disruptors, collaborators and innovators that are pushing business model and technology boundaries in the global food system.

    • 16:00 - Showcase One
    • 16.10 - Showcase Two
    • 16:20 - Showcase Three
  • 5:10pm
    Keynote Address
  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks, followed by Drinks & Entertainment

What are circular dialogues?

What is a Circular Dialogue?
A scheduled space built into the programme for our audience to reflect on what’s just been said on stage, and to share personal experiences with peers, speakers, and journalists.

Who's involved?
You will meet a range of agriculture and food sector movers & shakers through small group conversations to help deepen understanding and share experiences of the most topical challenges. These circular dialogue sessions are also a great way to add to your professional contacts list. Bring plenty of business cards!

What's the benefit to you?
Conference formats sometimes overlook the need for delegates to talk about what's just been said on stage. It can feel like going to see a really good film and then not be given the opportunity to unpick it afterwards. The circular dialogues are an informal opportunity for you to have your say about what's just been said on stage, while it is still fresh in your mind.

"Interestingly, I find at FT events that it is the roundtable discussions that I enjoy the most. I sat with fascinating people at the top of their game. I don't think there are any other events other than those hosted by the FT Live that facilitate this (hence why I always clear my diary to attend these events)."

"Disrupting the standard format of conferences by engaging everyone in great discussions and interactive sessions."


Moderator (1)

Clive Cookson

Clive Cookson

Science Editor
Financial Times

Clive Cookson is Science Editor at the Financial Times. He joined the newspaper in 1988 as Technology Editor and has also written about the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Previously, he was the science and medical correspondent for BBC Radio. He also spent four years in Washington DC as American Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He has won several science journalism awards and is an honorary member of the British Science Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr Cookson graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in Chemistry.

Keynote Speaker (1)

Judith  Batchelar OBE

Judith Batchelar OBE

Head of Brand

Judith Batchelar is responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer, from Policy formation on aspects such as Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing, through to Product Technology, Development, Safety, and Packaging along with Corporate Responsibility, Health and Public Affairs.  Also driving the Quality and Innovation agendas whilst protecting and enhancing the reputation of Sainsbury’s Brand. She has worked in the food and drink industry for 37 years and is a Biochemist and Registered Nutritionist and Scientist. In addition to her work at Sainsbury’s, Judith is a Non-Executive Director of both the Environment Agency and the Rugby Players Association, and is Deputy Chair of Farm Africa, the Matt Hampson Foundation, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Trust Accounting for Sustainability Project, she is also an ambassador for the Woodland Trust.  Judith is a Fellow of both the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), from 2013 – 2018 she Co-Chaired the Government’s AgriFoodTech Council, and currently sits on the Food and Drink Sector Council.

Speakers (5)

Peder Tuborgh

Peder Tuborgh

Arla Foods

A highly accomplished CEO in the global food industry, Peder Tuborgh has dedicated his career to delivering long-term value and opportunities for Arla Foods’ farmer owners while meeting consumers’ needs for nutritious, affordable and more sustainable dairy products through inspiring brands.

Peder Tuborgh is CEO at the cooperative dairy group Arla Foods, a global business that provides dairy products and ingredients based on milk supplied by 10,300 farmer owners in Northern Europe.

He is a firm believer that progressive and financially robust farmers are essential to solving what is probably the food industry’s biggest challenge: to provide nutritious, affordable and more sustainable food to a global population that will reach almost 10 billion citizens in 2050. Not only will farmers need to produce more milk, they will also have to develop their farming methods to become more sustainable, while maintaining high standards for milk quality and animal welfare. Long-term financial stability is the prerequisite for farmers to actively participate in this challenge. As CEO for a farmer-owned dairy company it is a key priority for Peder to deliver the highest possible price for Arla’s farmer owners’ milk through a strong performance across the business.

Helen  Browning

Helen Browning

Soil Association

Helen Browning is Chief Executive of the Soil Association, a member of the Food Ethics Council, trustee of the RSPB and was recently appointed to the Food Farming and Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) as well as the BBC’s Rural Affairs Advisory Committee.

Helen has a very mixed organic farm Wiltshire, with dairy, beef, pigs, cereals and is now also experimenting with agro-forestry. Her products are sold through the Helen Browning’s Organic brand in retailers, big and small, as well as through her mini hotel and restaurant/pub on the farm, and through her restaurant in Swindon.

Prior to rejoining the Soil Association, Helen was Director of External Affairs for the National Trust. She has had a number of roles in agri-politics over the years, including the Government’s Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food (‘the Curry Commission’) and chaired the England Animal Health and Welfare Implementation Group. Helen was awarded an OBE in 1998 for her services to organic farming.

Kath Dalmeny

Kath Dalmeny


Kath Dalmeny is Chief Executive of Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, since 2016 leading the alliance's response to Brexit and its profound implications for healthy and sustainable food, farming and fishing and developing the Campaign for a Better Food Britain. During 2018 she became a Commissioner for the RSA's Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, after having served on the steering group that led to its establishment.

John Ingram

John Ingram

Director, Food Systems Group, Environmental Change Institute
Oxford University

John Ingram leads the Food Systems Group at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute. His interests are in the conceptual framing of food systems; the interactions among the many actors involved and their varied activities, and the outcomes of their activities for food security, livelihoods and environment; and food system resilience. He has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean and has conceived, developed and/or led a range of major international research initiatives. He has had substantial interaction with FAO, UN Environment, the CGIAR and many other international organisations, with national departments and agencies, with NGOs, and with businesses in the food sector helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. In addition to leading the food systems research group within ECI, he also leads the multi-university post-graduate ‘Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ programme (IFSTAL) and coordinates the UK Global Food Security programme ‘Resilience of the UK Food System’. He is an Associate Professor in Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College.

Xavier  Leprince

Xavier Leprince

Head of EAME Business Sustainability

Xavier Leprince is the Head of EAME Business Sustainability for Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agricultural technology companies with 28,000 employees across 90 countries. Syngenta is committed to doing its part to help improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

As Head of EAME Business Sustainability, Xavier leads a team across Europe and Africa - Middle East (EAME) responsible for sustainable technologies for agriculture and innovation. His team is also responsible for regulatory, public affairs and public policy, building the corporate brand and company’s reputation. Xavier is an agribusiness professional with over 35 years experience within Syngenta’s operations, locations and its legacy companies.  Prior to his current role, he was Head of Global Business Unit Fungicides.

Xavier Leprince is a French national and is an agronomist who graduated from “Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture” de Lille, France. He holds a master’s in Finance from Lille University as well as an MBA from EDHEC Business School. He is also a Chairman of the Board at the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture in Lille and Board Member of Yncréa (Lille University) and Fésia (National Federation of Agronomy Universities in France).



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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont™, is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. By combining the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, we’ve harnessed agriculture’s brightest minds and expertise gained over two centuries of scientific achievement.

Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Oilseeds, Grains, Freight, Global Markets, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Rice, Dairy and Juice. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of 6 geographical regions and 10 platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 17 000 people globally. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.
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