Birmingham Food Futures

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Tonight’s Horizon Scanning Event

Tonight’s event is to horizon scan Birmingham’s food future – the first of a series of events. It will look at the future challenges, risks and opportunities that exist around Birmingham’s food and drink sector.

What’s happening tonight?

We’ll be discussing three horizon timeframes, with input from three speakers:

  • 3-5 years: 2021-2024 – with Parveen Mehta, Operations Director of Minor, Weir and Willis, introducing this timeframe.
  • 6-12 years: 2024-2030 – with Dr Helen Ferrier, head of policy at the National Farmers’ Union. For background read this blog post, ‘To 2030: Shaping the Future of Global Food Systems
  • And 2030-2050, with input from Chris Elliott,Prof of Food Safety, founder of the Institute for Global Food Security.  For background read this blog post on ‘To 2050: City Deals’. And this post, ‘To 2050: Climate Change agreement’.

These horizon mapping timeframes each have a board – where ideas (on post it notes) will go. Participants in tonight’s event will also be able to write on paper table cloths – and tonight’s conversations will be recorded.

We’ll be covering the speeches and the discussions on the blog and publishing posts on specific conversations and themes throughout the evening.

How to keep track of the Birmingham Food Futures event

You can follow everything here on the blog – and with tweets on #foodfutures – and on our Twitter account @bhamfoodcouncil.


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