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The 2012 Annual Conference “The Scramble for Natural Resources: More Food, Less Land?” highlighted a range of issues related to the competition for natural resources and impacts on food security. Denis Blight, the Fund’s Chief Executive, has provided a detailed overview Summary of the 2012 Conference , with a shorter version to appear in our December newsletter....
The Hon John Kerin - Chair
Thank you to all participants in our 2012 Conference. PDFs of most presentations are available on the Program page, and full proceedings of the conference can be found on the left side of the page.
The Crawford Fund’s 2012 annual development conference focuses on the dynamic interactions between a range of competing uses for land and natural resources, while addressing the need to feed the world’s growing population in the face of the constraints and challenges of climate change.
The conference, which has been held every year for over two decades, is a key event in Australia’s international development calendar. It attracts 300 development professionals, decision-makers, researchers, agribusiness people, farmers, conservationists, educators, students and other stakeholders.
In 2012, the event included a one day Parliamentary Conference, and the Sir John Crawford Memorial dinner and address on Tuesday, 9 October, and the Parliamentary Breakfast on 10 October. We believe that this year’s event was another in our series of highly successful, well attended and nationally reported conferences.
Steep rises and associated volatility in commodity prices have driven a renewed focus on agriculture and food security in international development circles. In Australia the domestic debate has recently focussed on how this country’s role as a major food exporter is affected by changing patterns of land use and the availability of water resources against the uncertainties of a changing climate. The global dimensions of the problems are underlined by United Nation projections indicating that the global population will reach about nine billion in the year 2050.
In order to feed this burgeoning population, the world’s farmers will have to increase food production by 70%. Meat production over the same period will have to increase 85% to meet increases in demand driven by rising incomes, particularly in Asia. To avoid famine and provide affordable food to the world’s poor, these massive increases in production will have to be achieved against a background of increasing competition for natural resources.
The 2012 Conference drew together expert speakers from around the world to address these problems focusing on the dynamic interactions between a range of competing uses for land and other natural resources.
Conference speakers considered topics such as:
It is a special year for us in that it is our 25th anniversary. Senator the Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs opened the event on 9 October and the stellar group of speakers included:
Professor Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of the Minnesota, where he is also a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour;
Sir John Beddington; Government Chief Scientific Adviser (UK)
Dr Frank Rijsberman, new CEO of the CGIAR Consortium and formerly of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the philanthropic arm of Google
Dr Derek Byerlee, former senior advisor, World Bank
Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington;
Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria
Dr Chris Moran, Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute and Member of the Management Board of the International Mining for Development Centre