Agricultural Risk and Food Security (ARFS)

Jun 10, 2010 - 04:00 am EDT to Jun 12, 2010 - 09:00 pm EDT

Organized by Agricultural Information Institute of CAAS, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and UK Department for International Development (DFID)

For three days in June, high level Chinese policymakers and international researchers will gather in Beijing to discuss and share lessons on ensuring food security in the face of economic and weather-related risks to farmers.

The conference, jointly organized by the Agricultural Information Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), will cover a number of themes on risks to farmers and how to measure them, and how farmers – and consumers -- are reacting to food security and food safety concerns. Chen Xiwen, Minister from the Central Financial and Economic Leading Group of the State Council in China and Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy research Institute will give keynote speeches on China’s experience ensuring food security and implications for the world.

Eight internationally renowned researchers will be invited to speak. In addition, a total of 48 contributed papers will be presented. Topics include: risk perception and farmers’ behavior; climate variability; public programs and food security; new research methods; consumer demand for food safety; food security status and management techniques; innovations in agricultural risk management; improvements in and impact of food safety regulations; climate risk and catastrophic insurance; and assessing the demand for and effectiveness of crop insurance.