FP Virtual Summit: Food+

December 1 & 2

Scenic landscape with aerial view of fields

Mobilizing Global Solutions for Climate-Smart Food

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Watch Day 2 (Dec. 2, 2021):


 

Global food insecurity has been on the rise. A changing climate and more frequent environmental disasters, coupled with economic disruptions, are exposing deficiencies and vulnerabilities in an unsustainable global food system. Experts warn of a growing severity and magnitude of food crises around the world, with at least 155 million people already facing hunger and malnutrition. Can the international community mobilize the level of action needed to transform our global food systems to benefit people and the planet?

It’s clear that radical shifts and new approaches are needed to achieve a more sustainable development of agriculture worldwide, not only to feed a growing global population and keep up with the rapid pace of environmental change, but to foster a more resilient, sustainable and equitable food supply. World leaders are mobilizing policy action and resource commitments, but what is needed to translate ambition into tangible solutions? How can government and industry, science and farming communities work together to secure food systems and reduce their impact on the environment?

Foreign Policy’s third annual Food+ Summit convened leading government officials, industry experts and stakeholders where they discussed innovative practices, technological advances and partnerships to feed the world while conserving and restoring the earth’s ecosystems. We heard from innovators and disruptors along the food value chain about efforts underway at the global and local levels and how individuals can make a difference on their dinner plates.

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Event Details

December 1 & 2

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Speakers
Secretary Tom Vilsack
United States Secretary of Agriculture
Thomas J. Vilsack was confirmed as the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture on Feb. 23, 2021 by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated by President Joe Biden to ret...
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Rasmus Prehn
Minister for Agriculture, Denmark
Rasmus Prehn was appointed Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's Government on 19 November 2020, representing the Danish Soci...
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Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN)
Representative, Indiana’s 4th Congressional District
Congressman Jim Baird is a lifelong resident of West Central Indiana. He proudly represents Indiana’s 4th Congressional District, which includes 16 counties, and serves on the...
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Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI)
Delegate, U.S. Virgin Islands’ At-Large Congressional District, and Chair, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett represents the United States Virgin Islands’ at-large Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She is currently s...
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Ravi Agrawal
Editor In Chief, Foreign Policy
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s New...
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Maura Barry Boyle
SENIOR DEPUTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR AND INTERIM GLOBAL WATER COORDINATOR, USAID
Maura Barry serves as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and as interim USAID Global Water Coordinator. In this role,...
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Chuck Conner
President & CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Chuck Conner is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the inte...
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María (Pilu) Giraudo
Farmer, Argentina
Pilu is the 5th generation of farmers in her family, in Santa Fe province, Argentina. Mother of  <sp...
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Maciej Golubiewski
Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission
Maciej Golubiewski is the Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr.
Janusz Wojciechowski. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economi...
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Mark Heckman
Farmer, Iowa
Farming in West Liberty, Iowa, Mark Heckman volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and is currently serving on the Animal Ag and Environment Committee for Io...
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Teresa Ish
Oceans Initiative Lead and Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation
Teresa manages the foundation’s Oceans initiative, which aims to bring fisheries under good management that protects ecosystems and builds economically thriving coastal commun...
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Charles Krause
Farmer, Minnesota
Krause Holsteins is a sixth-generation dairy farm, located in Buffalo, Minn. Today, three generations work together, Charles Krause with his father Warren, wife Robyn and their ...
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Bun Lai
Chef and Owner, Miya’s
Chef Bun Lai is the recipient of the 2016 White House Champion of Change Award for Sustainable Seafood, a James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef, and an author who has written ...
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Maggie Lake
VETERAN JOURNALIST AND FOUNDER OF MAGGIE LAKE MEDIA
Maggie Lake is a veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering business, technology, politics, and international affairs. She started her career at Reuter...
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Dr. Hoesung Lee
Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Dr. Hoesung Lee is the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, elected since October 2015, and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Ene...
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Amelia Lester
Executive Editor, Foreign Policy
Amelia Lester is the executive editor at Foreign Policy. She has worked as a journalist on three continents, most recently reporting in Japan for publications including the E...
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Spike Mendelsohn
CELEBRITY CHEF
Spike’s career, spanning nearly three decades, can be described as nothing short of creatively diverse. From chef and restaurateur to television personality, product developer...
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Adam Met
Musician, Activist, and Executive Director, Sustainable Partners, inc
Adam's interests bridge the worlds of music, sustainability, law, academia, policy, marketing, and technology. As the bassist for AJR, he has traveled the world on sold-out tour...
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David Moscow
Host, ‘From Scratch’
David Moscow is on a worldwide adventure to discover how food really makes it onto your plate, by making signature restaurant meals literally from scratch – and by ‘from scr...
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Reena Ninan
FOUNDER, GOOD TROUBLE PRODUCTIONS
Reena is a television journalist who has worked as a White House correspondent, foreign reporter, and news anchor for ABC, CBS, and Fox News. She has reported around the world ...
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Dr. Bob Reiter
Head of Research & Development (R&D), Crop Science, Bayer
Dr. Robert (Bob) Reiter serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Head of Research & Development (R&D), Crop Science division of Bayer. Reiter oversees the...
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Susan Sadigova
Vice President of Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
Susan Sadigova is Foreign Policy’s Vice President of Strategic Development. She is responsible for developing long-term institutional partnerships with public and pri...
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Andrew Sollinger
Publisher, Foreign Policy
Andrew Sollinger is Foreign Policy’s Publisher. He joined FP in March 2018 to oversee all revenue generating efforts through subscriptions, sponsorships, advertising, events, ...
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Steve Trent
CEO & Founder, Environmental Justice Foundation
For the past three decades, Steve has been a passionate defender of our natural world. His professional career began as an investigator and campaigner against the illegal wildli...
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Virginia Willis
Chef
Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis’ biography includes making chocolate chip cookies with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, foraging for berries in the Alaskan wild...
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Agenda
DAY 1
10:00 AM
Day 1 Welcome
Susan Sadigova, Vice President of Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
10:10 AM
Plowing Ahead: Policy, Practice, and Productivity
Mark Heckman, Farmer, Iowa
Charles Krause, Farmer, Minnesota
Moderator: Andrew Sollinger, Publisher, Foreign Policy
10:30 AM
Farming Forward: Climate-Resilience and the Future of Agriculture
Maura Barry Boyle, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and Interim Global Water Coordinator
María (Pilu) Giraudo, Farmer, Argentina
Maciej Golubiewski, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission
Dr. Bob Reiter, Head of Research & Development (R&D), Crop Science, Bayer
Moderator: Maggie Lake, Veteran Journalist and Founder of Maggie Lake Media
11:10 AM
Putting Food on the Global Climate Agenda
Chuck Conner, President & CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Moderator: Andrew Sollinger, Publisher, Foreign Policy
11:30 AM
Chefs and Musicians Making Food Policy Count
Spike Mendelsohn, Celebrity Chef
Adam Met, Musician, Activist, and Executive Director, Sustainable Partners, inc
12:00 PM
View from Congress: Policy to Plate
Rep. Jim Baird, Representative, Indiana’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI), Chair, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
Moderator: Amelia Lester, Executive Editor, Foreign Policy
12:25 PM
Closing Remarks
Susan Sadigova, Vice President of Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
DAY 2
10:00 AM
Day 2 Welcome
Susan Sadigova, Vice President of Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
10:05 AM
Driving Ag Sustainability: The Danish Model
Rasmus Prehn, Minister for Agriculture, Denmark
Moderator: Reena Ninan, Founder, Good Trouble Productions
10:15 AM
The Science of Climate Change
Dr. Hoesung Lee, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
10:30 AM
Netting Positive: How Sustainable Fishing Can Strengthen Global Food Security
Teresa Ish, Oceans Initiative Lead and Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation
Steve Trent, CEO & Founder, Environmental Justice Foundation
Virginia Willis, Chef
Moderator: Maggie Lake, Veteran Journalist and Founder, Maggie Lake Media
11:10 AM
Can Human Appetite Fix Climate
Bun Lai, Chef and Owner, Miya’s
David Moscow, Host, ‘From Scratch’
Moderator: Andrew Sollinger, Publisher, Foreign Policy
11:30 AM
Sustainable Food Systems: A Look Ahead with Sec. Vilsack
Secretary Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture
MODERATOR: Reena Ninan, Founder, Good Trouble Productions
11:45 AM
Closing Remarks
Susan Sadigova, Vice President of Strategic Development, Foreign Policy

For more information, contact Susan Sadigova, Director of Strategic Development.