Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, November 23, 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good: first day

23—24 November 2020
. Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good
This joint-partner organized event was co-led by the World Economic Forum, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Farmers Organization, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Unilever, PepsiCo, Royal DSM, Rabobank, One Young World, Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Wageningen University & Research, and the Government of The Netherlands.

Extracts of the program:

An African Perspective on the 2021 Food Systems

23/11. Ubuntu: an African Perspective on the 2021 Food Systems Summit This session is hosted by Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

This scene-setting session was centred on the outcomes of the AGRF summit, focusing on transforming food systems, nutrition and health, resilience, markets and trade. Panellists will explore how to catalyse these results as a first step to providing an African positioning and contribution to the 2021 Food Systems Summit.
  • Dr. Adébísí Àràbà, Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF); 
  • Dr. Alex Ariho, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN); 
  • Dr. Jemimah Njuki, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    "We need to create the food demand of the consumer (consumer education is needed to value local food). We need to value again the diversity in the African food."
  • Daniella Kwayu, Phema Agri Company Limited; 
  • Mira Mehta, Tomato Jos; 
  • Simbarashe Mhungu, Harvest Fresh

Phema Agri Company Limited

Daniella Kwayu: Phema Agri is a Tanzanian digital agriculture investment platform that provides smallholder farmers with blended finance and de-risks the value chain. 

In this video, Daniella Kwayu pitches her agribusiness, PHEMA AGRI, as part of the 2020GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize competition. This inspirational business is helping GenerationAfrica to GrowEntrepreneurs and #TransformFood across the continent. The industry-leading founders of Generation Africa, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Corteva Agriscience, Econet Global, SACAU, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, and Yara International, are proud of the young #agribusiness that are growing our African agrifood industry. Food Security and nutrition has never been more important than during the coronavirus pandemic.


Nigeria has the capacity to grow and export processed tomatoes. Currently, it is the second-largest producer of tomatoes in Africa and the 14th largest in the world. However, there are only a handful of tomato processing plants in the country. Tomato Jos, an agricultural production company in Nigeria has begun processing tomato at its $5 million plant in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The commencement of the tomato processing is aimed at contributing to the Nigerian economy by helping smallholder farmers grow excellent tomatoes and convert to high-quality tomato paste. While tomato processing is one of the ways to restore agriculture many Nigerians find it difficult to engage in the business as they do not see potential in a produce with a short-life. Farmers lose millions in revenue due to damages and food waste. Video with CEO MIRA MEHTA.


Harvest Fresh, Zimbabwe 

SIMBARASHE MHUNGU is the founder and managing director of Harvest Fresh, a Zimbabwe-based company specializing in agribusiness and food processing. As a young entrepreneur, his priorities have included adding value to agricultural products for both domestic and export markets as well as supporting small-scale farmers. In 2012 he took part in President Obama’s Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership for Young African Leaders, focusing on leveraging U.S. technological advances in the agro-processing sector. A Howard University business graduate, he has previously worked for Goldman Sachs.

Midunu, a nomadic dining concept 

Selassie Atadika is the Executive Chef & Creative Director of Midunu, a nomadic dining concept designed to celebrate Africa's culinary heritage with the plant-forward concept "New African Cuisine".
"We are growing for feed [soja for chickens] instead of for plant based food. We need taste maker for having more vegetables on the plane. We need to improve agro-processing to remove the stones from the sorghum. We need to desgin the diets that we want. Use more millet (sorghum is less a problem as it is used for beer production)"

A Vision for Food Systems of the Future

With fewer than 10 years left to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021 presents an opportunity to bring together stakeholders to address these challenges and unlock barriers to food systems transformation.
  • moderator Francescana Karen Tso Co-Anchor and Journalist, CNBC International (Europe) 
  • Agnes Matilda Kalibata Special Envoy, United Nations Food Systems Summit  
  • Alan Jope Chief Executive Officer, Unilever 
  • Estrella Penunia Secretary-General, Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) 
  • Sabrina Dhowre Elba United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Goodwill Ambassador, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
  • Kate Robertson Founder, One Young World 
  • Massimo Bottura Chef and Owner, Osteria 
  • Geraldine Matchett Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Royal DSM NV
    Koninklijke DSM N.V., is a Dutch multinational corporation active in the fields of health, nutrition and materials. Headquartered in Heerlen
  • Sunny G. Verghese Co-Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer, Olam International Ltd 
  • Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray Managing Director, World Economic Forum

Getting Young People Back into Farming

23 November 2020. 14:45 - 16:00 (CET). Our Generation’s Challenge: Getting Young People Back into Farming. This session was hosted by One Young World, Scale Up Nutrition movement (SUN), UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY), and the UN Food Systems Summit Secretariat
  • Moderator: Ella Robertson. Managing Director, One Young World
  • Keithlin Caroo. Founder & Executive Director, Helen's Daughters & One Young World Ambassador
  • Tolulope Aina. Founder, Tolulope Foods and Farms & One Young World Ambassador
  • Pornthida Wongphatharakul. Co-Founder, Siam Organic & One Young World Ambassador
  • Webster Makombe. Nutrition & Hunger Activist
  • Jannes Maes. President, European Council of Young Farmers

Financing Food Systems Transformation

23 November 2020. 16:15 - 17:30 (CET). Forces for Financing Food Systems Transformation
This session organised by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) examined existing public, private and blended financial sources for each of the Action Tracks in support of the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, and serve as a call for action to find new finance solutions and business models.
  • Peter Bakker, CEO & President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Managing Board, Rabobank 
  • Nono Sekhoto, Executive Council Member, African Farmers Association of South Africa
    "Money talks: The financial products should talk to the farmers, not only make sense to those who created them"
Each break-out room, was joined by a discussion leader from either private sector or civil society discussion.
  1. Room 1 : Ensuring Access to safe & Nutritious food for all
  2. Room 2 : Shifting to sustainable consumption patterns
  3. Room 3 : Boosting nature-positive production at sufficient scale
  4. Room 4 : Advancing equitable livelihoods and value distribution
  5. Room 5 : Building Resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses​: Jennifer Blanke, Non-Executive Director, African Risk Capacity Insurance Company. Incl. Katie Hoard AB InBev, Tony Siantonas about the sustainable Rice Platform; Camilla De Nardi Associate FReSH WBCSD
  • Pieternel Boogaard, Global Head of Agribusiness, Food & Water, FMO
  • Gabriela Burian, Senior Director, Sustainable Food Systems, Bayer
  • Ertharin Cousin, Chief Executive Officer and President Food Systems for the Future
  • Emeline Fellus, Director, FReSH, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary General, World Farmers Organization
  • Jeremy Oppenheim, Founder and Managing Partner, Systemiq
  • Bettina Prato, Senior Coordinator, Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN), IFAD 
  • Bas Rüter, Head Sustainability Rabobank
  • Marianne Schoemaker, Head of Banking for Food Partnerships, Rabobank

From Science to Policy: Creating the Enabling Environment for Change

A healthy food system is one with inclusive outcomes for healthy people and a healthy planet, including healthy businesses. To achieve this requires a fundamental transformation in how food is produced and consumed food. This shift needs to be informed by a collective understanding of current challenges and guided by an evidence-based common vision and collective-solutions space for business action. Collaboration between policy, science, industry and civic society is crucial.

Building on the work of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Science-to-Policy Dialogues (September 2020) and the SDG conference organized in Wageningen (2018), this session enlarged the common understanding of how each stakeholder can take action now and, together, create transformative pathways.
  • Louise Fresco - President, Wageningen University & Research
  • Joachim von von Braun - Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF Bonn)
  • Marion Jansen - Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Diane Banino Holdorf - Managing Director, Food and Nature, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Johan Swinnen - Director-General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Roberto Azevêdo - Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, PepsiCo Inc.
  • Hanane Mourchid - Senior Vice President Sustainability Platform, OCP Group

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