Riddet Summit 2018

Organised by the Riddet Institute Centre of Research Excellence

The Riddet Summit 2018 Balancing People, Planet and Prosperity: New Zealand's role as a World future food producer, was held on December 6th 2018, at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand.

The 2018 Riddet Institute International Summit brought together recognised local and global thought-leaders to spark the conversation on the future of global food production. The Summit was a timely exploration of New Zealand’s place in this new future while balancing people, planet and prosperity.

With the world’s population predicted to increase to 8.5 billion over the next 20 years, the challenge is on for food producing nations like New Zealand. Yet arguably, primary industry food production has never been under greater threat owing to perceptions of the social and environmental costs of animal-based agriculture and the rise of synthetic or ‘clean meat’ and plant-based proteins. New Zealand is producing enough food and beverage annually for over five times our population but global food systems will be challenged to nutritiously and sustainably feed everyone.

Harjinder Singh, Mark Piper, Lain Jager, Louise Fresco, Robert Thompson, Steve Maharey

Speaker Presentations (Please click on the highlighted link to access the presentation):

Meeting the world’s food needs
Professor Louise O. Fresco, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Prospects for food and agriculture: Balancing people, planet and prosperity
Professor Emeritus Robert L. Thompson, Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA

Meeting consumer needs by extending the reach of our food
Mark Piper, Director, Group Research & Development, Fonterra

New Zealand Food and Fibre – A vision for a prosperous and sustainable New Zealand
Lain Jager, Chairman of Government Primary Sector Council,
Former CEO Zespri

Food Nation: What is it and how to make it real
Hon Steve Maharey, independent director and former Vice-Chancellor of Massey University

Inspiring a new generation of food producers
Julia Jones, Agri-Food Farm Enterprise Specialist, KPMG