Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security is a two-day training course that goes beyond ESG ratings in order to understand the key issues and developments in this crucial sector. Attendees will gain essential insights into where capital should be directed to enhance sustainability in the agriculture sector, whilst also gaining a thorough grounding in the subject necessary for effective advocacy and engagement with the companies they are invested in.

The course is taught by world-renowned expert Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, founding editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability and recipient of an OBE for services to sustainable agriculture.

Who Should Attend: Investment managers, institutional investors, ESG and equity analysts, sustainability professionals.




2 Days (In-Person & Online, 9am to 5pm)


Tower Hotel, London E1 & Online


Jules Pretty

Course Fee:

£1990 + VAT


21st Century Agriculture and Food

  • The continuing food and agriculture crises

Principles of Sustainability in Agricultural Systems

  • Concepts, terms and principles
  • The five renewable assets (natural, social, human, cultural and sustainable physical capital)
  • Regenerative versus sustainable agriculture

The Climate Crisis

  • Carbon footprints by country
  • Actions for farmers
  • Actions for individuals

The Inequality Crisis

  • Collective action, social capital and landscapes

The Nature Crisis

  • Nature-based solutions
  • Nature as essential infrastructure for health services

Regenerative Good Growth

  • Renewable assets
  • Contested use of the term growth (green growth, degrowth)
  • Greenwash
  • Circular economies

Productivity/Yield Increases with Sustainable Agriculture

  • Cases of success at scale (> 10,000 farmers, > 10,000 hectares)
  • Small farm contexts and industrialised country contexts

Story and Transformation

  • How to use story to engage and transform systems
  • Corporate cases: B corps, ESG, race to zero
  • Green innovations and tipping points (energy, city, and agriculture/food systems)

Public and Policy Engagement (PPE)

  • Typology of public engagement, new power
  • Business cases of successful PPE
  • Failures and successes on sustainable policies: response diversity and backlash movements

Developing an Investment Approach

  • Growth opportunities