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    BCPC Congress to Address the Challenges of Feeding the World 2009-10-05

“The challenge of feeding future generations is so great it's almost frightening,” warns Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) who will be giving the keynote address, ‘Working together: Rising to the challenge’, at this year’s BCPC Congress.


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“No single part of the food chain can meet the challenge on its own – we need producers and environmentalists, scientists and business, governments and climate change experts to make genuine partnerships if we are going to achieve it. But before that can happen, we need to understand what each of us has to offer. This year's BCPC Congress provides a great opportunity to achieve that."

In the second keynote address, Dr. Denis T. Kyetere, chairman of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in Uganda, will be focusing on the challenges facing Africa’s sub-regional organisations in order to help reduced poverty. “By improving agricultural productivity, competitiveness, markets and strengthening capacity for agricultural innovation, we hope to produce sustainable broad-based agricultural growth and improved livelihoods,” he says.

These two keynote speeches will set the scene for the start of an exciting and comprehensive conference agenda at this year’s BCPC Congress in Glasgow, UK from 9 to 11 November.

The programme – which includes interactive panel debates and discussions, as well as technical and scientific presentations – will focus on a wide range of topical issues relevant to the global crop production and crop protection industries including: the environment and climate change; research funding issues; bees; biosensors and the latest developments; new products, application and formulation technology; nanotechnology and biofuels.

To see full details of the conference programme and speaker line-up, as well as details on how to register as a delegate, visit the BCPC Congress website at: You can now even follow the BCPC Congress on Twitter.

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