About The 2023 Symposium



The Conference

The OpenAg Symposium 2023: Food Futures in a Changing Climate, will be held on 6 October at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. The event is organised and hosted by the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) in partnership with UPL, one of the leading suppliers of sustainable agriculture products & solutions.

Across three panels, the event will explore the potential of enhancing resilience to foster sustainable food systems and an equitable future for farmers. Subjects covered throughout the conference will include the meaning of resilience across agricultural stakeholders, the relationship between farmers' wellbeing and shock resistance, and an examination of how policy reform can promote resilient, sustainable farming. Each panel will feature a mix of guests from academia, policy, industry, and NGOs moderated by a global expert.



About us - Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD)

The OICSD advances research on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development in the Indian subcontinent, bringing disciplines together to address core themes, developing future leaders through scholarships and translating research into action. Through its conferences and seminars, OICSD has been working to coordinate Oxford’s diverse expertise on India and climate change, law and governance, food and water security, health, clean energy, technology and sustainable cities.

About our Sponsors - UPL

UPL is a global provider of sustainable agriculture products & solutions, with annual revenue exceeding $5 billion. As one of the top 5 agriculture solutions companies worldwide, its robust portfolio consists of biologicals and traditional crop protection solutions with more than 13,600 registrations. With a presence in more than 130 countries and more than 10,000 colleagues globally, UPL reaches more than 90% of the world’s food basket.

UPL is guided by its OpenAg purpose to build a global collaborative network within our industry and beyond to unlock opportunities and outcomes that no single actor could achieve on their own. OpenAg is the first, truly collaborative, global commitment to working with the entire food system – from farmers to producers to consumers - to change the way the industry thinks, works and evolves and deliver positive change. This purpose reflects UPL’s mission to Reimagine Sustainability by positioning agriculture as a vital component of global efforts against climate change, particularly realising agriculture’s potential in securing Net Zero goals through sequestering greenhouse gases in agricultural soils.

UPL is India’s largest producer of crop-protection products, and has initiated the ‘UPL sustainability fund’ at the OICSD which supports key research and programmes of the Centre.