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International Conference on World Food Policy 2017

 
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2017 International Conference on World Food Policy:
 
The Future Faces of Food and Farming; Regional Challenges
 
16 - 17 January 2017
 
 
The Conference on World Food Policy will bring together policymakers and scholars to discuss and share relevant research findings on the need to take into account interdependence of food, health, environment and society.
 
The Royal Society of Thailand (RST) together with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of National Assembly of Thailand and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) will organize the 2017 World Food Policy Conference during January 16-17 in Bangkok.
 
The conference will discuss global and regional perspectives of food economy and policy, referring to the roles of China and India in the global food economy. The main theme is China and India's agricultural and food policy transformation – concentrating on the transformation as well as each component of the major transformation, consequences of transformation, and enabling factors.
 
Three lead papers will start off the discussions:
 
  • Global and regional perspectives of food economy by Dr. Mark Rosegrant: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC
  • Quantitative evidence on various drivers of structural changes for China by Professor Jikun Huang: School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University and Director of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Quantitative evidence on various drivers of structural changes for India by Professor Prabhu Pingali: Professor of Applied Economics and Founding Director, Tata-Cornell Institute Cornell University will contribute the lead paper for India
 
These drivers of structural changes to be discussed include: climate change, consumption patterns (particularly growth of meat, fish and dairy consumption), and increasing pressure on water supply. Research-based papers will be presented and discussed on these topics
 
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Our discussions will also cover the responses to these drivers – which would include: the impact of possible macroeconomic downturn on investments, investments in foreign sources of food, the research capacity, and concerns with food safety. The following authors have accepted our invitation to contribute the papers on a number of these topics:
 
 
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In addition to the theme on China and India, the conference will include the theme on global and regional perspectives of food economy and policy – referring to the roles of China and India in the global food economy.
 
Dr. Mark Rosegrant of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC, has agreed to contribute a lead paper under the theme on global and regional perspectives of food economy.
 
Concentrating further on the global and regional impact from sectoral perspectives – given the demand from China and India – the role of multinational corporations will be discussed under the topics of production technology (i.e. research, GMO), retail, and food safety.
 
Professor Thomas Reardon of the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University has accepted our invitation to contribute a paper on global and regional impact from the role of multinational corporations in food retail – given the demand from China and India.
 
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