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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nestlé S.A.: Planting Seeds for the Future of Food


6-7 July 2017. Lausanne/Vevey, Switzerland. Nestle. As the world’s largest food company, and one that connects farmers to consumers, how can Nestlé help shape the future of food systems?

The company hosted an extraordinary gathering of industry and civil society experts. The 'Planting the Seeds for the Future of Food' conference brought together farmers, academics, industry representatives, NGOs and intergovernmental organisations to explore the issues. The Better Business show was there to record this exclusive podcast.


Biodiversity for the planet and for food
  • Bev Postma HarvestPlus, 
  • Stefano Padulosi Bioversity, 
  • Urs Schenker, Nestlé 
  • Tony Juniper
Microbes for healthy soils and healthy guts 
  • John Crawford Rothamsted, 
  • Joachim Lammel Yara, 
  • Doug Cook UC Davis, 
  • Maurice Moloney GIFS
Water conservation and stewardship for agriculture
  • Wouter Wolters, University Wageningen, 
  • Adrian Sym AWS, 
  • Frank Eyhorn Helvetas, 
  • James Lomax UN Environment
Voices of our Farmers 
  • Robert Craig, Ambrose Kirobi CMS, 
  • Peter Froelich Agricircle, 
  • Martin Mwangi University Wageningen
Organic. Costing the Earth 
  • Hans Herren, Biovison, 
  • Samuel Vionnet, Valuing Nature, 
  • Urs Niggli, FIBL, 
  • Vanja Westerberg, Altus Impact
Modelling of the food system 
  • Gerald Nelson ex-IFPRI, 
  • Joost Vervoort, IFPRI, 
  • Natalia Brzezina, KU Leuven, 
  • Karen Cooper, Nestlé Leman
Productivity, transparency and proximity through technology, 
  • Aileen Ionesco-Somers, Business School Lausanne, 
  • Michiel Bakker Google, 
  • Sara Roversi Future Food institute, 
  • Rob Skidmore, ITC
Animal Proteins, Plant Proteins 
  • Ian Roberts Buhler
  • Duncan Williamson WWF, 
  • Aarti Ramachandran, FAIRR, 
  • Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust, 
  • Leonidas Karagounis Nestlé
Urban and rural nutrition challenges 
  • Frank Mechielsen Hivos, 
  • Ruth Oniang’o Rural Outreach Africa, 
  • Hernan Manson ITC, Wilbert Sybesma, Nestlé
Responsible sourcing 
  • Rob Cameron SustainAbility, 
  • Joost Oorthuizen, IDH, 
  • Christina Nyhus Dhillon, GAIN, 
  • Benjamin Ware, Nancy Madigu, Nestlé
Food loss and food waste 
  • Richard Swannell WRAP, 
  • Franziska Staubli, Migros, 
  • Clementine O'Connor, Achim Drewes, Nestlé
Nutrition & Climate Change 
  • Josette Lewis, Env. Defense Fund, 
  • Doug Cook, UC Davis, 
  • Gerald Nelson ex-IFPRI, 
  • Pierre Herben Yara

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