10-12 August 2015
Speakers Bios & Abstracts
Sir John Crawford Memorial Address
Mr Sameer Bhariok
Sameer Bhariok is the Regional Leader for Market Access for Elanco, Asia Pacific. Elanco is the US $2.3bn Animal Health division of Eli Lilly & Company, based at Greenfield, Indiana, USA with global operations employing 6000 employees across the world. He has been with Lilly since December 2009 and in the current position since March 2014.
Sameer responsibilities include engaging and influencing Business/Industry leadership in areas of Food Production, Government and Food Supply Chain; Advancing involvement of key governments in the region in Trade Agreements in relation to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards. Prior to taking up this role, he worked with Lilly in Human Resources and has multifaceted HR experience primarily in areas of Talent Management, Assessment, building Performance Culture, Reward Strategies, building integrated view of HR processes, supporting business leadership teams and exposure to post-acquisition Integration. He has professional experience across Pharmaceutical, Banking, FMCG/Manufacturing and Government organisations. Prior to Lilly, he has worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, ABN AMRO Bank, Godrej Industries and Govt. of Delhi.
He has a Masters in Personnel Management from the University of Pune, India and also holds a degree in Law from the University of Delhi, India.
Animal Source Foods and Sustainable Global Food Security
According to the WHO, “food security” includes ‘having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet’. “Sustainable” means providing food while conserving resources, being economically viable and socially responsible, in order to allow future generations to thrive as well. Animal source foods help alleviate hunger and provide high-quality protein and key micronutrients essential for physical and cognitive growth and well-being.
Food waste in developed countries is primarily due to post harvest losses. However, the primary cause of food waste in less developed agricultural systems are pre-harvest losses due to disease and death. Reduction of morbidity and mortality is essential in order to reduce pre-harvest waste in the animal production sector.
The development and adoption of new innovation in livestock production (including products, practices and genetics) can help farmers produce more food, more sustainably. Conservation organisations, among others, are calling for the need to freeze the environmental footprint of agriculture, particularly animal agriculture. In so doing, food can also be kept more affordable. This is an achievable goal. For example, with existing innovations, such as improved animal welfare, nutrition and genetics, we can raise the average annual increase in global milk yield from 13.5 litres/yr/cow to 24 litres.
Realising this potential involves a combination of commercial opportunity, corporate responsibility and responsiveness to post-farm gate consumer dynamics. It also requires predictable science-based policy to support innovation across diverse production systems, and to facilitate global food trade.