The Economist's inaugural Feeding the World: Asia's Prospect of Plenty summit will take place in Hong Kong on September 27th 2012. This event, which is supported by FIA, will convene leaders at the highest levels across industry, government, academia and advocacy organisations. The discussion will explore challenges and innovative solutions around feeding Asia's growing population nutritiously, safely and sustainably in the years ahead, focusing on three pillars:
  1. Agriculture - How will Asia grapple with the challenges that threaten sustainable growth of its agricultural sector? What are the opportunities available?
  2. Trade - With focus on China, India and Asia, what are the recent realities of trade? Huge population growth and the impact on labour markets, the economic impact of a shifting middle class and dietary consumption will all be discussed.
  3. Health - How will policymakers tackle Asia's "double burden" of over-nutrition and under-nutrition in the region?
Speakers participating in this multi-stakeholder dialogue include Rusman Heriawan,Vice Minister of Agriculture, Government of Indonesia, Kevin Rudd, Member, Australian Parliament for Griffith, Former Prime Minister, Government of Australia, Umran Beba, President, Asia-Pacific region, PepsiCo, Percy Misika, FAO Representative, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Jose Cuesta, Food Price Watch author, Senior Economist, The World Bank. To view the latest programme and speaker faculty please visit the website.

Attendees from the first Feeding the World summit, which took place in Geneva this year, included senior representatives from Cargill, Monsanto, European Ministries of Agriculture, among others.

To ensure your place at this critical discussion email conferencesasia@economist.com or call Alice Wong on (852) 2585 3312. For ongoing programme and speaker updates, please visit www.economistconferences.asia/FeedingAsia.