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Global Outlook – Future Competition for Land and Water
29.01.2013 - 30.01.2013 09.30 h - 17.00 h
Norra Latin, Barnhusgatan 7B, Stockholm



An International Symposium as a part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) 200 year celebration and financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

SEI Executive Director Johan Kuylenstierna will moderate the session From knowing to acting – paths to a sustainable future on 30 January 2013, 14.00–17.00.

Global Outlook!
With an expected world population of 9 billion people in 2050, the global need for Food, Feed, Fibre and Fuel has become a matter of high political concern. In order to satisfy the ever increasing needs of “the four Fs”, there will be a progressively severe competition for limited land and water resources. This will be highlighted from four different perspectives:

Agricultural policies over the past 40 years – three cases
The overarching goal of this session is to draw attention to the political aspects of farming, emphasizing that policies are as important for development and increasing production as are for example good soil conditions. Three cases have been chosen to illustrate different courses of development during the last 40 years: the EU, the US and New Zealand.

Opportunities and challenges for farmers, researchers and business in the agricultural sector
To feed an ever growing global population we will need 70 percent more food by 2050. This we have to achieve from less land, while at the same time reducing our use of resources such as fossil energy, fertilizers and plant protection systems. This session, however, will focus on the farmer’s challenge to produce a range of crops, livestock and biomass in the sustainable way that is needed in respect to the generations to come.

Opportunities and challenges in the forestry sector
The growing demand for wood fibre contributes to the pressure on the land resources. Currently, the growing demand is mainly seen in Asia and other growing economic regions of the developing world. In this context, investors are increasingly interested in Africa. In South America and Northern Europe the number of social conflicts is increasing.

From knowing to acting – paths to a sustainable future
To create a sustainable future, scientists, economists, politicians and social scientists will need to work together with practitioners and local communities. Broad collaborations will be needed on the regional as well as the international arena. The concept of planetary boundaries sets the scene, and we need to find new, smarter and more efficient ways to give people better lives within nature’s limitations. Research and practical knowledge is the foundation, but it is worth nothing if not put to use.


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