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29Feb2012: Guardian Sustainable Business Conference

Guardian Sustainable Business Quarterly

Wednesday 29 February 2012, America Square Conference Centre, London

Scaling up sustainable agriculture

Agenda:
WARM UP (5-10min):
Introductions.
Each delegate should explain what they would like to take away from the discussion
and highlight any particular areas they would like to be addressed.
DISCUSSION (50 minutes – 1 hour):
Mitigating the long term impact of agricultural practices
How can we improve agricultural productivity?
Can we do this without repeating mistakes of the past, for example the “green revolution” of the 1960s?
How can we satisfy the needs of the current generation without damaging the prospects of future generations?
Can we use renewable resources in a way that improves, rather than degrades, the environment in general?
Can we improve productivity in a post fossil fuel world
without increasing land take, water consumption or impacting on biodiversity?
What is the impact of animal welfare practices and livestock production systems on the environment at an international level?

Getting organisations to work together

How do we organise distribution and retail so that long distance transport needs can be minimized for better sustainability?
Can small holders work more effectively with large corporations?
What models of collaboration could provide a more sustainable system for the production and distribution of goods?
How can we get sustainable agriculture best practice adopted more broadly to have greater impact in developing economies? New approaches and innovations can be overwhelmed by entrenched systems. Can we catalyse successful programmes to
scale up and become more resilient?

Panel:
Brigitte Alarcon, policy and external relations coordinator, WSPA International
Rebecca Green, management consultant, Accenture
Jim Kirke, Leaf sustainability manager, BAT
Patrick Liane, director, corporate partnerships, WWF
Peter Lovett, shea expert, Savanah Fruits
Sonja Patscheke, senior consultant, FSG
Sarah Roberts, executive director, Ethical Tea Partnership
Paul Sousek, sustainable organic farmer, Fieldpower Organics @ Cottage Farm

Chair: Stuart Singleton-White, senior manager, external communications, Rainforest Alliance
Scribe: Charmian Walker-Smith, Guardian News & Media

Post event summary:
The discussion will take place under the Chatham House rule. A summary of
the main discussion points (anonymised) will be available via the GSBQ