reconciling food and industrial needs

For the bioeconomy to work it needs new supply and value chains that will be more complex and numerous than fossil fuel chains. However, the mantra of the bioeconomy has to be “food first” as there is a natural tension between using biomass for food and industrial usage. Many of the OECD nations are net consumers of biomass, and some of the key developing nations are net suppliers of biomass. However, we know that Malaysia and other emerging countries have ambitious plans to develop a ‘bioeconomy industry’ around higher value-added products.

Key topics:

  • What policies can be put in place to ensure food security first
  • How biotechnology can contribute to a bioeconomy
  • How food/feed and industrial demands on biomass may be reconciled
  • How these policy goals may achieve sustainable value chains and an equitable global bioeconomy.  

Provisional program:

  • 11:30 – 11:45 Enabling Food Security Policies in Southeast Asia: ASEAN Food Security Initiatives. Margaret Yoovatana
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Biotechnology in India for a Global Bioeconomy. Renu Swarup
  • 12:00 – 12:15 An Inclusive Bioeconomy: Potential Benefits for Africa. Hailemichael Teshome Demissie
  • 12:15 – 12:30 Policy Instruments for Sustainability in Bioeconomy Value Chains. Sergio Ugarte
  • 12:30 – 13:00 Discussion (with 4 speakers as a panel, taking questions and discussion from the participants)

11:30 – 13:00, 26th November 2015

Chair: Peter Schintlmeister (OECD)



Peter Schintlmeister is an Austrian chemical engineer with emphasis on industrial biotechnology. After working experience in industry and at NGOs he joined the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in 2003, where he is responsible for the field life sciences and biotechnology. Beside this Mr. Schintlmeister represents the ministry in various positions such as commission’s chairman of the European Expert Group for Bio-Based Products and the OECD’s Task Force of Industrial Biotechnology. He is also a member of the European Commission’s Bioeconomy Panel and worked temporarily at the Austrian Embasy in Beijing.