On Monday, November 23, the Center for American Progress hosted a roundtable discussion on global food security featuring Food Chain Reaction participants Dan Glickman and Alexander Carius. Participants shed light on the major drivers of food insecurity and talked about some of their experiences in the event.
A Transatlantic Policy Conversation on Global Food Security
November 23, 2015
Secretary Dan Glickman, Former Secretary of Agriculture; Vice President, Aspen Institute
Dr. Nancy Stetson, U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security, U.S. Department of State
Richard Leach, President and CEO, World Food Program USA
Alexander Müller, Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development; former Assistant-Director General, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization
Alexander Carius, Managing Director, adelphi (Berlin, Germany); Advisor, German Foreign Ministry
Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
About the discussion:
U.S. and European policymakers are increasingly focused on food security—alongside the related challenges of climate change, environmental deterioration, and water management—as key concerns for development and global governance. The interplay of these trends has been visible in the upheavals across the Middle East, as riots over the prices of staple foods and water disputes have illuminated the region’s extreme food insecurity. As the effects of climate change affect harvests in the decades to come, it is reasonable to expect that the knock-on effects of these disruptions will be magnified.
Drawing upon policy debates in Germany, the European Union, and the United States, our expert panel discussed the lessons learned from a recent food security scenario exercise—hosted by the Center for American Progress, the World Wildlife Fund, CNA, Cargill, and Mars Inc.—that simulated a long-term and deepening disruption of the global food system. What does the future hold? Will countries cooperate or compete to achieve food security? And how can we act today to improve our options down the line?