The Future of Food
in a Climate Changing World:

The Global Alliance 2nd International Dialogue


FINAL NOTICE: Join us at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food for an invite-only critical meeting. Many thanks to those who have already registered!! We only have a handful of tickets left. Kindly register immediately if you are planning on attending. 

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is hosting its 2nd International Dialogue in May 2017 in Paris, France. If we as a global community are going to meet our Paris commitments and realize a climate- and food-positive future, we must navigate potential obstacles and opportunities and weigh associated environmental, economic, social and cultural implications, together.

This two-day event will bring together 250 invited experts and leaders from the local to the global to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need today and tomorrow, and to chart potential pathways to get there.

5:00 PM 1 May – 5:15 PM 3 May 2017

With the backdrop of the Paris Agreement’s historic ratification, the International Dialogue will be held just outside Paris at Capgemini Campus: Les Fontaines. This sustainable retreat-like venue facilitates maximum interaction, carbon-conscious programming, proximity to international airports, access to 52 acres, and seamless flow between hotel rooms, meeting facilities and recreational activities, all in a secure location.

Please see the DRAFT programme and logistics.
Please register, here. Password: GA2ID
After you click on “TICKETS”, please use the following registration codes:
1) Foundation/Government/PrivateSector Code: SEEDS
2) Students/NGO Code: CLIMATEFOOD

Programme highlights include:

Opening Plenary on climate science, policy, and impacts, including how our climate outlook impacts critical food systems issues such as equity, health, migration, political unrest, hunger.

The launch of a major research study on Climate Change and Food Systems with recommendations on global and national climate responses to mitigate climate change in order to avoid catastrophic global temperatures, and to create an environment in which food systems can indeed be resilient and adapt.

Plenaries on frameworks for change from Philanthropy, Business, Government, Civil Society, and Academia showcasing solutions and climate-positive pathways to change.

Breakout sessions on how to harness the power of True Cost Accounting, Health and Well-being, Agrobiodiversity, Animal Agriculture, Beacons of Hope, and Food and Climate Movements toward a more climate friendly future of food.

An emphasis on dialogue, interaction, solutions, and realizing positive change.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Payal Parekh,
  • Sonja Vermeulen, CGIAR Research Program, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Janos Pasztor, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Rajasvini Bhansali, Thousand Currents
  • Charlotte Streck, Climate Focus
  • Duncan Pollard, Nestlé
  • Olivia Yambi, IPES-Food
  • Chris Elliot, Climate Land Use Alliance (CLUA)
  • Raj Patel, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
  • Alice Ruhweza, Vital Signs, Conservation International
  • Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood, UNEP
  • Francisca Acevedo, Comisión nacional para el conocimiento y uso de la biodiversidad (CONABIO)
  • Michael Hamm, Michigan State University
  • Phrang Roy, Indigenous Partnership for Agro-biodiversity and Food Sovereignty
  • Nori Ignacio, Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives For Community Empowerment (SEARICE)
  • Iain Wright, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Cecilia Rocha, Ryerson University
  • Peter Bakker, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Haripriya Gundimeda, ITT Bombay
  • Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, FAO
  • Ronnie Vernooy, Bioversity
  • Barbara Herren, Biovision Foundation
  • Shefali Sharma, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
  • Pat Mooney, ETC Group / IPES
  • Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South
  • Million Belay Ali, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
  • Jessica Fanzo, Johns Hopkins University
  • Keith Tuffley, The B Team
  • Pavan Sukhdev, GIST Advisory, TEEBAgriFood UNEP
  • Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Alejandro Argumedo, Asociación ANDES
  • Mark Campanale, Fish Tracker Initiative
  • Anya Fernald, Belcampo Group Inc.
  • Fawn Jackson, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
  • Tara Garnett, University of Oxford
  • Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Pesticide Action Network
  • Yiching Song, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Cristina Tirado-von der Pahlen, UCLA
  • Anna Yang, Childrens Investment Fund Foundation
  • Sarah Bell, The Schmidt Family Foundation
  • Maria Jimena Esquivel Sheik, Meridian Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Les Fontaines?
By taxi, Les Fontaines is 30 minutes from Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport and 50 minutes from Paris Gare du Nord, the arrival station for Eurostar and Thalys trains. There is public transportation TER train from Charles de Gaulle airport but it does not go directly to Chantilly. We strongly recommend using a taxi (approximately 70€ according to traffic). There are direct trains from Paris Gare du Nord to Chantilly-Gouvieux station. For extra guidance on the best way to reach Les Fontaines, Christophe or Beatrice can answer all questions: email:; telephone: +33 3 44 62 91 00.

How far is it to Paris?
Les Fontaines is a 20-minute TER train journey away from Paris Gare du Nord. The train departs from Chantilly-Gouvieux station. Timetables can be found on Visit in order to reserve tickets for shows or activities in Paris. If you leave Les Fontaines at any point during your stay, be sure to take your identification with you, as it will be required upon your return.

What is the nearest town to Les Fontaines?
Chantilly town centre, where you will find shops, restaurants and cafes, is 2.5km away. The reception can order a taxi for you, which can take you into the centre of town in just 5 minutes. If you leave Les Fontaines at any point during your stay, be sure to take your identification with you, as it will be required upon your return.

What time does the conference begin and end?
Please check-in between 3:00 – 5:00 PM on 1 May. The International Dialogue ends at 5:15 PM on 3 May.

Where can I find my hotel reservation confirmation?
As long as you have registered for the conference, and received your Eventbrite ticket via email, you have a private room reserved at Capgemini Campus Les Fontaines. Please bring a downloaded / printed copy of your Eventbrite ticket. The registration covers hotel for 2 nights, all meals, registration fee, meetings and facilities at Les Fontaines, 1 – 3 May. Check-in will be from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on 1 May followed by a reception and dinner. The International Dialogue ends at 5:15 PM on 3 May. You must check out at 9AM on 3 May – unless you are staying for the Sequestering Carbon in Soil: Addressing the Climate Threat conference, 3 – 5 May.

What if I need a French business visa to attend?
Please contact Meena Nallainathan at for assistance as soon as possible. We can send you an official invitation letter.