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.
FT Global Food Systems
“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
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
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.
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."
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.
Presented By (1)
The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, 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.
Lead Sponsors (2)
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 www.ldc.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.