Connecting generations: Partnering for food security

03 Dec 2013

Organised by: Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

About the event

870 million people are hungry today. At the same time, 1.3 billion tons of food or about one third of global food production is lost or wasted annually.

These two facts frame our discussion on food security, which exists when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient and affordable food that meets their needs for an active and healthy life.

According to United Nations projections, global agricultural production must increase by 60% to feed the world's population, which will reach 9 billion by 2050. Already today, soaring food prices, climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages and a lack of infrastructure endanger our highly vulnerable global food system. In terms of food waste, in low-income countries most loss occurs during production, while in developed countries a lot of food - about 100 kilograms per person and year - is wasted at the consumption stage.

Join a mixed age group of entrepreneurs, industry experts, government representatives and researchers to discuss how your generation envisions ways forward to produce more food in a sustainable manner and what strategies to reduce food waste could look like.

You may also join the discussion on partnering for food security on our Open Minds blog!

The Swiss Re 150 year anniversary event series 'connecting generations' brings together international experts, entrepreneurs and practitioners to discuss current and future economic, political and societal risks and opportunities. The four events will focus on energy, food security, funding longer lives and natural catastrophes.
Learn more about Swiss Re's 150-year anniversary.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013





  • Patrick Reichenmiller, Top Topic Management, Swiss Re
  • Bernd Wilke, Top Topic Management, Swiss Re


Food: Stressed surroundings and struggling supplies - will we be able to feed 9 billion people by 2050?
Ian Johnson, Secretary General, Club of Rome


Interactive panel discussion
Moderated by Patrick Reichenmiller and Bernd Wilke

  • Claudio Beretta, President,; Researcher, Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich
  • Ian Johnson, Secretary General, Club of Rome
  • Dominique Kohli, Head, Markets and Added Value Planning Directorate, Federal Office for Agriculture
  • Sidharth Srinivasan, TAS Manager, TATA Industries; St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow


The potential of reducing food waste from farm to fork
Claudio Beretta, President,; Researcher, Institute for Environmental
Decisions, ETH Zurich


Interactive panel discussion
Panellists and moderators as above


Apéro and networking

This event will be broadcasted live, photographed, videotaped, and/or recorded. A summary, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials