11 Jan 2018 – Agrodebat 2018

In January 2018, the yearly debate on agriculture (Agrodebat 2018) organized by Wageningen Economic Research focuses on the changing role of the Netherlands in a dynamic international playing field (in Dutch). 

Op 11 januari 2018 is het zesde Agrodebat, dit keer in de Lloydstoren in Rotterdam. Het debat gaat over de veranderende rol van Nederland in een dynamisch internationaal speelveld.

Toegang tot internationale markten is erg belangrijk voor de Nederlandse agrosector. De Nederlandse afzetmarkt is te klein voor de ambities van veel bedrijven, die een groot deel van hun producten – variërend van zaaizaad tot kippenslachtlijnen tot kaas – afzetten buiten Nederland. Omgekeerd draaien veel bedrijven in de agrosector – zowel in de toelevering als in de verwerking – voor een belangrijk deel op ingevoerde grondstoffen. Maar er is ook kritiek op de globalisering van markten.

Wat betekent dat voor Nederlandse agrosector?

Het Agrodebat 2018 draait om de vraag wat dit betekent voor de Nederlandse agrosector. Kunnen andere handelsregels leiden tot een beter ‘level playing field’ voor internationale handel in landbouwproducten en de zorgen om de al dan niet vermeende negatieve effecten wegnemen? Welke rol is er voor internationale organisaties en het bedrijfsleven? Welke risico’s voor de sector brengt de neiging tot protectionisme met zich mee? Of bieden de trends in internationale agrarische handel ook nieuwe kansen voor de Nederlandse agrosector, bijvoorbeeld door – weer- voorop te gaan lopen?

We gaan hierover graag in debat onder onder leiding van Roelof Hemmen. Registratie is mogelijk via deze link.

Event Info

Event: Agrodebat 2018

When: 11 January 2018

Where: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Organizer: Wageningen University & Research

Website: http://agrifoodtechplatform.nl/evenement/agrifoodtech-platform-congres-2017/


13 Dec 2017 – AgriFoodTech Platform Congress 2017

On December 13, 2017, the AgriFoodTech Platform Conference takes place in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. It focuses on “Food & Future: Know what you don’t know”. You often just eat what you know. But society is changing. More and more consumers want to know where their food comes from and how it has been prodcued. This has an effect on the supply chains and food systems. At the Conference, the Postharvest Network will organize a parallel session “Stop food waste: Dutch innovations for efficient food chains in emerging markets”.

Know what you don’t know

What do consumers know about food, and how does that knowledge affect what they consume? Generally speaking, consumers will only eat foods that they are familiar with. Society is changing. More and more people want to know where their food comes from, and how it has been produced. These developments are having an impact on supply chains and food systems. To make sure your organization is and remains future-proof, you have to know what you don’t know.

If you ‘know what you don’t know’, you will be able to anticipate new developments, make the required changes, identify opportunities, and devise innovative solutions. The AgriFoodTech Conference will focus on ongoing changes in the food supply chain, the role played by technology and the interplay with developments in society, including the impact on your company. Meet representatives of the technology sector and the food industry, farmers, retailers, other entrepreneurs, as well as educators, government officials and representatives of NGOs and consumer interest groups. Find out what you don’t know about food and the future, and the food of the future!

Visit the website (in Dutch) for more information on the programme and venue.
Download the flyer with information in English.

Postharvest Network side event “Stop Food Waste”

The Postharvest Network organizes a side event during the Conference, entitled “Stop food waste: Dutch innovations for efficient food chains in emerging markets”. The session takes place on December 13, 2017 from 11:15 till 12:45, will be held in English and the entrance is free.

This side event focuses on the Postharvest Network approach, which has been developed over the past three years and will be illustrated by showcasing some recent projects. The Postharvest Network is happy to introduce speakers from India and Argentina who will tell about their first-hand experience working with the Postharvest Network. Furthermore, the possibilities of collaborating with Postharvest Network 2.0 will be announced. This new version of the Postharvest Network will start operating early 2018.

Event Info

Event: AgriFoodTech Platform Congress 2017

When: 13 December 2017

Where: Den Bosch, the Netherlands

Organizer: AgriFoodTech Platform

Website: http://agrifoodtechplatform.nl/evenement/agrifoodtech-platform-congres-2017/


16 Nov 2017 – Food Waste 2017

New Food presents its inaugural one-day conference, “Food Waste: Reducing environmental impact and reaping business benefits”, on November 16, 2017 in Manchester, UK. This event pioneers the conversation on issues relating to food waste, from legislation to packaging and household trends.

The World wastes approximately one third of food produced. The global issue of Food Waste is one that needs to be addressed. Affecting everyone from consumer to government, food waste costs economies billions each year. With the UK wasting an equivalent of six meals every week, now is the time for action.

The event will also equip delegates with the strategies and techniques for measuring, monitoring and analysing supply chain to identify areas of food wastage.

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn how to arrive at practical solutions for your surplus food redistribution schemes
  • Identify proactive strategies on how to overcome barriers regarding consumer commitment to reducing food waste
  • Examine the EU legislation and what Brexit means for UK commitments and policies
  • Gain insight into sustainability implications at both food manufacturer and supply chain levels
  • Explore food waste reduction strategies throughout the supply chain

Event Info

Event: Dutch showcases; supply chain management in agribusiness

When: 16 November 2017

Where: Manchester, UK

Organizer: New Food

Website: https://www.newfoodwaste.com/


13 Sep 2017 – Food Tank Summit: New York City

The Food Tank Summit 2017 in New York City is focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste. The event is sold out, but can be followed online through a free live stream at foodtank.com.

This one-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on diverse topics. The theme for the Summit is focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste.

Event Info

Event: Food Tank Summit 2017 NYC

When: 13 September 2017

Where: New York City, USA

Organizer: Food Tank

Website: https://foodtank.com/events


25 Aug 2017 – Dutch showcases; supply chain management in agribusiness

Nuffic Neso is organizing a logistics event in Vietnam on August 25, 2017, entitled “Dutch showcases – supply chain management in agribusiness”. Both Françoise van den Broek and Nina Waldhauer will be representing the Postharvest Network at the event. They will give more information on current developments and join in the discussions and Q&A session.

The programme of the logistics event currently consists of three speakers from the local business community:

  • Mathilde Tran – PwC – “Current state of supply chain industry in Vietnam”
  • Siebe van Wijk – Fresh Studio – “Fresh fruit cut and vegetables chain management”
  • Tina Thuy – De Heus – “Animal nutrition: from collecting ingredients to end-customers”

Registration for the event runs through Nuffic Neso Vietnam via support@nesovietnam.org.



Event Info

Event: Dutch showcases; supply chain management in agribusiness

When: 25 August 2017

Where: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Organizer: Nuffic Neso Vietnam

Website: https://www.nesovietnam.org/


23-25 Aug 2017 – World Food Summit 2017

The purpose of the global movement “Better Food for More People” and the annual World Food Summit 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 23-25 is to unleash the full potential of gastronomy in order to create worldwide solid solutions that ensure better food for more people.

The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045. The amount of information about food is huge and difficult to get right, 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food, more than 244 million people lived outside their country of origin and more than 40% of food waste in industrialized countries occurs at retail and consumer levels.

The need for strong solutions across the world is calling for action among the worlds politicians, decision makers, experts, professionals, chefs, scientist and CEO’s.

Better Food for More People and the annual World Food Summit in Copenhagen are framing that action to evolve and take place. Together with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which involve all nations, the aim is to push forward the agenda on sustainable development within production and consumption of food and essentially healthy lives in the global society.

Focus will be on the following themes: Gastronomy as a tool; Prevention of Food Waste; Food Diversity; Safer Food; and Better Information.

Event Info

Event: World Food Summit 2017

When: 23-25 August 2017

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

Organizer: Danish Government

Website: http://bfmp.dk/


10-14 July 2017 – ICAAT 2017

The Inaugural International Congress on African Agribusiness & Trade at Rutgers University (ICAAT) will bring together African agricultural and political leaders with bilateral and multilateral institutions, overseas development organizations, US agribusiness, agricultural investors, technical and policy experts, and African civil society representatives.

The event will highlight the importance of aligning with international strategic frameworks that address environmental protection, poverty alleviation, gender rights, tenure rights, sustainable economic growth and more. Investors, African governments and entrepreneurs will learn how alignment with these goals can generate greater opportunities for collaboration, increased access to funding and the development of sustainable, successful and transformative agricultural practices.

There will also be a special focus on improving African agricultural education and training and on transforming smallholder farmer subsistence agriculture into agribusiness.

Please download the ICAAT flyer.

Event Info

Event: ICAAT 2017 – The Inaugural International Congress for African Agribusiness & Trade

When: 10-14 July 2017

Where: New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Organizer: Rutgers University

Website: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/ICAAT/


02 July 2017 – Making Sustainable Agriculture a future for youth in Africa

Considering the key role of agricultural development for structural transformation in Africa, the aim of the Ministerial Conference is to build up political engagement ahead of the Africa EU Summit, on a common vision on how to generate sustainable, inclusive jobs for African youth in the agri-food sector and rural economy.

Parallel thematic sessions will focus on: increasing responsible private investment in the agri-food sector in Africa; research innovation and the role of digitalisation in agriculture; sustainable water management; climate-smart agriculture and food losses and waste.

The outcome of the ministerial Conference will be reported to the 5th Africa-EU Summit in November 2017 and will guide future work of both the European Commission and the African Union Commission in this area. The meeting is following the ‘AU-EU: Investing in a Food Secure Future’ Conference, held in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in July 2016.

The event is co-hosted by the African Union Commission, the European Commission and the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council.

The meeting will be closed with a cocktail reception

This event will be preceded by a high-level Investors Forum on July 1, 2017 among business leaders and financing institutions regarding the instruments available to increase financing of investment in agriculture. (by invitation only)

The pre-registration form is available here [registration code: AUEU4agri]


Event Info

Event: Making Sustainable Agriculture a future for youth in Africa

When: 02 July 2017

Where: Rome, Italy

Organizer: African Union Commission, the European Commission and the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council

Website: https://www.agri.ee/en/making-sustainable-agriculture-a-future-for-youth-in-africa


29 June 2017 – From food waste to food profit

Network meeting “From food waste to food profit”, organized by Wageningen Academy, the MVO Network Food & Agribusiness and the IMVO Network Chemistry (in Dutch).
In samenwerking met Wageningen Academy organiseren het MVO Netwerk Food & Agribusiness en het IMVO Netwerk Chemie de netwerkbijeenkomst van food waste naar food profit.

Want hoe voorkom je voedselverspilling? En waar dat niet kan, wat doe je met grondstoffen die overblijven? Waar liggen kansen en hoe vertaal je die naar een rendabel business model? Laat je inspireren door voorbeelden van succesvolle start-ups en gevestigde bedrijven en ga in gesprek met diverse experts over jouw uitdaging.

Voor wie?

Aan de bijeenkomst in de Verspillingsfabriek in Veghel nemen ondernemers, strategen, marketeers, business developers, MVO- en innovatiemanagers van kleine en grote bedrijven uit de Food & Agribusiness en de chemiesector deel. Direct aanmelden? Dat kan via het inschrijfformulier.


13.00    Ontvangst met koffie/thee

13.30    Introductie door Gerard Teuling, sectormanager Food & Agribusiness, MVO Nederland

13.40    Keynote presentatie: “Vechten tegen verspilling van voedsel & talent” door Bob Hutten, directeur De Verspillingsfabriek

14.10    Quickscan Food Waste Live; verdien jij al met je reststromen? Door Toine Timmermans, Wageningen UR, Food & Biobased. Na een korte inleiding vul je live de quickscan in. Je krijgt inzicht in jouw business case. Wat zijn de kansen en hoe haalbaar zijn ze?

14.40    Meet the experts! Toets jouw ideeën uit de quickscan direct bij ons panel met praktijkdeskundigen

  • Bob Hutten, directeur van De Verspillingsfabriek
  • Toine Timmermans, Program Manager Sustainable Food Chains, Wageningen UR
  • Mark van Boxtel, Adviseur Reststromen & Accountmanager bij Kwaliflex Food & Beverage Recycling
  • Agnieszka van Batavia, Duurzaamheidsadviseur en Sales Executive bij The LCA Centre & BSCI Coördinator bij PACOMBI GROUP
  • Johan van Groenestijn, Senior Scientist bij TNO

15.00    Pauze

15.25    Pitches – opschaling gezocht voor inspirerende initiatieven. O.l.v. Pieter Goudswaard, business developer, MVO Nederland. Drie ondernemers vertellen hoe zij waarde creëren met reststromen. Na elke pitch is het publiek aan het woord. Welke kansen zie jij? Waar en hoe kan jij bijdragen aan vergroting van het succes van het initiatief? Het panel reflecteert op de kansen voor opschaling.

16.25    One-minute-of-fame o.l.v. Astrid Kühlkamp, Wageningen Academy. De zaal zit vol met experts en pioniers, dus pak je kans en pitch jouw idee of initiatief voor een Futureproof Agrifood- en chemiesector in één minuut. Het panel geeft feedback en het publiek stemt voor de beste pitch. Mis deze kans niet en meld je voor 15 mei aan bij Gerard Teuling (max. 5 pitches)!

16.35     Afsluiting en netwerkborrel

17.30     Einde programma

Event Info

Event: Network meeting From food waste to food profit

When: 29 June 2017

Where: Veghel, the Netherlands

Organizer: Wageningen Academy, the MVO Network Food & Agribusiness and the IMVO Network Chemistry

Website: http://mvonederland.nl/event/netwerkbijeenkomst-van-food-waste-naar-food-profit


20-22 June 2017 – MACS-G20 initiative on Food Losses & Waste Reduction

Radical reduction of food losses and waste (FLW) is a crucial issue to ensure global food security and to use the available resources in the best manner possible. Not for nothing United Nations identified FLW reduction as Goal 12.3 of Sustainable Development Goals.

Hence at MACS Meeting 2015 in Izmir (Turkey) the G20 States decided to place emphasis on FLW. Germany was charged with developing relevant activities. First step was the establishment of an appropriate web-portal with information about current research activities, latest innovations and available scientific expertise.

But only collecting and documenting information isn’t enough. In fact G20 States should unite their strong potentials and make significant contribution to real progress. So as next step a joint MACS initiative is scheduled pooling promising research findings, innovative technological and logistical solutions, successful campaigns etc. concerning FLW reduction. Goal is to organize “touchable” progress.

As announced at MACS Meeting 2016 in Xi’an (China), this perennial process starts with a workshop of interested MACS partners in June 2017 in Berlin. Furthermore Thünen Institute will recruit a coordinator to manage and promote the MACS initiative on FLW over the next four years.

Event Info

Event: Workshop “MACS-G20 initiative on Food Losses & Waste Reduction” When: 20-22 June 2017

Where: Berlin, Germany

Organizer: MACS

Website: https://www.macs-g20-flw-workshop.de/