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Monday, June 28, 2021

WEBINAR: Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way

24 June 2021. World Food Convention – “Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way”

The global society is facing major challenges. The growing population of the planet must be fed in a fair and sustainable manner. Producing enough food causes new, different problems which harm the climate. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic endangers the security of food production and the stability of supply chains, threatening food safety. Against this backdrop, scientific institutions as well as companies from both the old and the new economy are searching for ways to cope with these challenges. 

At the 5th World Food Convention, leading minds from science, politics and the economy discussed how food security can be ensured all over the planet without further exacerbating climate change and to find strategies to address these issues with regard to possible future pandemics. The focus was not only on the technological and technical aspects of food production and distribution but also on related ethical questions and political considerations. 

Food Security and Smallholder Farmers

  • Arif Husain, Chief Economist at UN World Food Programme
  • Dr. Jacqueline Mkindi, CEO of the TAHA GROUP and Board Member of the Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT)
  • Rodger Voorhies, President of the Global Growth & Opportunity Division and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Economist, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit

Genome Editing

  • Yvonne Colomer, Executive Director, Triptolemos Foundation
  • Dr. Jon Falk, Managing Director of Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH
  • Dr. Michael Kock, SVP, Innovation Catalyst, INARI
  • David Spencer and Svenja Augustin, Öko-Progressives Netzwerk/Givegenesachance
  • Pia Voelker, Referee Gen-Ethisches Netzwerk e.V.
  • Irene Sacristán Sánchez, Head of Unit at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Farm to Fork

  • Michaela Küfner - Moderator
  • Keynote - Julia Klöckner, German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture
  • Tassos Haniotis, Acting Deputy Director-General in the European Commission’s Directorate General Cabinet for Agriculture and Rural development
  • Christoph Heinrich, Chief Conservation Officer at WWF Germany
  • Christiane Lambert, President COPA-COGECA

Carbon Farming

  • Interview: Prof. Dr. Heinz Flessa,Head of the Department “Agricultural Climate Protection” at Thünen Institut
  • Ertharin Cousin, Ambassador, Visiting Scholar at the Center on Food Security and Environment at Stanford University
  • Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division
  • Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker; President of the AGRA and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Innovations in Food

  • Statement: Howard-Yana Shapiro, Distinguish Senior Fellow, Resilient Landscapes Principal, Double Helix Consulting Retired Chief Agricultural Officer at Mars, Owner at Double Helix Racing
  • Start-up pitch: Regina Schmidt, Head of Innovation Projects at the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
  • Interview: Erica Bliss, Business Development Manager, Mineral @X, The Moonshot Factory
  • Closing Speech: David Beasley, Executive Director for the UN World Food Programme (WFP)

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