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The World Economic Forum and future-proofing global food systems



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Following the launch earlier this month of Alternative Proteins, a research report conducted by the Oxford Martin School for the World Economic Forum (WEF), the organisations have jointly organised an Ideas Lab on Future Proofing Food-Systems to be held as part of the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos this week.

As part of WEF’s focus on global food systems as the world’s population grows, the Ideas Lab on Wednesday 23rd January will discuss how we can sustainably feed a planet of 11 billion, how to tackle the global obesity epidemic, and how to use digital technology to address food poverty.

Oxford Martin School’s Director, Professor Sir Charles Godfray, will present alongside Professor Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy and Head of Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford and Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. Professor Godfray will also be participating in a Q&A at the event’s Science Hub on Wednesday about food systems as the global population passes 9 billion, which it is expected to do by 2050.

These events provide Oxford Martin School with a unique opportunity to present the latest research and academic thought on the most urgent global challenges to heads of business, leaders of governments and policymakers, and other social and thought leaders from around the world.