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When the president of China scolds his nation of 1.4 billion people about food waste, it’s safe to rank food security as a global concern. The Covid pandemic has stress-tested food supply chains as never before. Border restrictions mean slower harvests and longer journeys to market. Farmers are having to dump milk and bury perishable crops. Shortages loom for 1.6 billion people by the end of 2020 and global food supply will have to grow by 70 per cent by mid-century. In these circumstances food systems become critical infrastructure; their breakdown risks the breakdown of public health and public order. How do we get food to those who need it at a price they can afford in a time of protectionism, climate change and social distance?
EDITOR AND INVITED EXPERTS
Co-founder and Editor
President of Europe and Central Asia, Tetra Pak
Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment and formerly Executive Director of the World Food Programme
President, Food & Refreshments at Unilever
Non-Exec Director at Marks & Spencer plc and former CEO of Sainsbury’s (2004–14)