The 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water
February 21-23, 2014

The Conference convenes on Friday evening, February 21, with the keynote address at 8PM, and continues on Saturday, February 22 from 8:45AM – 4:30PM and again on Sunday, February 23 from 8:45AM-12:30PM.

The provisional Program, including order of speakers and topics addressed, appears below, and is subject to change as it becomes further developed. For information on Conference Speakers, please click here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Honorary Chair: Senator George J Mitchell
  • Camden Conference President: Sarah J. Miller
  • Conference Moderator: John Piotti, President and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust

Keynote Address: Two Pathways into the Future: Which to Choose?

  • Fred Kirschenmann: Leopold Center, Iowa State University

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Morning Session

The Role of Agricultural Biodiversity in Adapting to Climate Change

  • Ann Tutwiler: Director General, Bioversity International

Africa’s Next Harvest: Technological Leapfrogging and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Calestous Juma: Professor of the Practice of International Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change

  • Andrew Guzman: Berkeley Law School, Author of “Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change”

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Afternoon Session

New Solutions for a Changing Ocean

  • Andreas Merkl: CEO and President, Ocean Conservancy

Panel: Panel on What Agriculture Practices Are Best to Insure Global Food Security

  • Opportunities for Big Climate Solutions from Small-Scale Production
    Kathleen Merrigan
    : former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Consultant
  • What can we learn from China about Feeding the World?
    Jim Harkness
    : Senior Advisor on China, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • X-Farming: Coming to a Planet Near You
    Dave Gustafson
    : Senior Science Fellow, Monsanto Company

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Food Security Challenges Facing Maine and the United States

  • Chellie Pingree:, Member Maine, US House of Representatives.

International Food Security: The Limits of Global Governance

  • Robert Paarlberg: Adjunct Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, author of “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Agriculture, Water and Nutrition: A Crisis or Will New Technologies Be in Time?

  • Gus Schumacher: Vice President of Policy, Wholesome Wave Foundation

Final Panel of all speakers Q & A

Conference Adjourns