China is grappling with a daunting conundrum: how to feed nearly one-fifth of the world’s population with less than one-tenth of its farmland. China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food. Thirty years ago about a quarter of the country’s people lived in cities, but by 2030, China’s urban population is estimated to hit the one billion mark. These urbanites are wealthier and more technologically advanced, with a diet that increasingly resembles that of the West, consuming nearly three times as much meat as in 1990. What action is being taken by the Chinese government to move towards a more sustainable food system and what does this mean for the future of food in China?
Join us as we explore these questions with Peggy Liu, Chairperson of the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE) and one of the leading voices on China‘s sustainability landscape.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A and networking.
About Peggy Liu
Liu is Chairperson of JUCCCE and founder of Food Heroes. She is a Distinguished Professor at China Academy of Governance, a lecturer at China Executive Leadership Academy of Pudong, and the National Academy for Mayors of China. She is a board member or on non-exec advisory committees of Project Drawdown, EAT Forum, Hillary Institute, FTSE Environmental Markets Committee. She previously served on advisory committees for Marks & Spencer, HP, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Consumption, WEF GAC on New Energy Architecture, Clinton Global Initiative. She is a recurring judge for The Circulars at Davos (circular economy) and the Hult Prize (social entrepreneurship at college level). She is a consultant on market entry into China to companies such as Duke Energy and governments such as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and consults on sustainable market innovation for companies such as Unilever and Danone. Peggy has been named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Foreign Policy’s shaper of US-China relations, the Hillary Step for climate change solutions, a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment, one of China’s top 50 innovative business leaders by China Business News Weekly.Prior to JUCCCE, she was a venture capitalist, an Internet pioneer in Silicon Valley heading one of the earliest e-commerce companies, a management consultant at McKinsey, a software product manager and a developer. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.