A circular economy -
sustainable for agricultural society

The 2020 conference ‘A circular economy - sustainable for agricultural society’ will consider how circular economies and agriculture can work together to meet global sustainability challenges.

About the conference

As we move into the third decade of the C21st the challenges for, and pressures on, agriculture as the principal means of global food production have become even more prevalent. Governments around the world are faced with a dilemma. Farming and horticulture are essential for food production but how they operate is not sustainable. The planet can no longer sustain the burden of current production methods and consumer behaviour. The UN sustainable development goals are intended to tackle this problem and recognise that food and agriculture are key to their achievement. Food, livelihoods and the management of natural resources can no longer be considered separately. To begin to meet the goals requires fundamental change and unified effort from grower to consumer.

Understanding how circular economies and agriculture might work together to meet these challenges is at the heart of the 2020 conference.

The circular economy also has a key role to play in bridging the urban-rural divide, which is increasingly becoming more important, and there is a shift for agriculture to do more in this respect. RASC members - Show societies/agricultural associations from across the Commonwealth (and other major economies) – already play a vital role in connecting farmers, growers and agriculture with consumers. As such, they are important catalysts for communication across the divide and unifying organisations for the industry – in developed and developing nations.

Against this background, CAC2020 intends to contribute to this by:

  • Considering the major trends that will characterise agriculture and food production over, say, the next 20 years
  • Look at what is already happening in meeting sustainability goals in farming – using examples drawn from across the Commonwealth
  • Developing an understanding of ‘circular’ agriculture and how it might be applied in developed and developing countries
  • Better understanding how agricultural associations, working jointly and separately, can make an impact now and in the future.

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