Take a look at interesting discussions und interview from the last World Food Convention

Food Security and Smallholder Farmers

German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Member of the Bundestag since 1994

until 2005 foreign and European policy spokesman of the CSU state group

2005 to 2013 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

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As Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley’s work transcends political, religious and ethnic boundaries to promote economic development and education. At WFP, Beasley uses leadership and communication skills spanning four decades to mobilize more financial support and public awareness for the global fight against hunger.

Before joining WFP in April 2017, Beasley worked for over a decade in more than a hundred countries with influential leaders and managers on projects to promote peace, reconciliation, and economic progress. As governor of the US state of South Carolina, Beasley headed the state from 1995 to 1999. Beasley was the first governor in South Carolina to publicly demand that the Confederate flag be removed from the roof of the State Capitol – for which he was awarded the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” award.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a doctorate in law (Dr. Jur.) From the University of South Carolina, and also taught at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Economist, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit

His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, agriculture, resource economics and trade.

He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General.

von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, member of various other academies.

From 2002 to 2009, he was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC.

Publisher Der Tagesspiegel

Career: 1979 – 1981: Trainee at the Express and Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

1981 – 1995: Political editor at Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Kölnische Rundschau and Süddeutsche Zeitung

1995 – 1999: Head of the parliamentary editorial department at Stuttgarter Zeitung

2004 – 2018: Editor-in-Chief of Der Tagesspiegel

2014 Award in the category “Editor-in-Chief Regional” as Journalist of the Year together with Lorenz Maroldt Member of the Board of Trustees of the Johanna Quandt Foundation, on the Advisory Board of the Protestant Academy in Berlin and on the Foundation Board of “Active Citizenship”.

Since September 2018: Editor of Der Tagesspiegel

Year by year, food security for the world’s population becomes more and more difficult. Endless debates deal with this issue, but where are the ideas and discussions being put into practice? Where is a change in thinking already taking place;what are politics, business and society already doing and where is the scope for action still expandable? These and other important questions have been discussed at our Panel “Food Security and Smallfarmer Holders” Speaker: Dr. Arif Husain – Chief Economist at UN World Food Programme Dr. Jacqueline Mkindi – CEO of the TAHA GROUP, Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun – Economist, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit Rodger Voorhies – President of the Global Growth & Opportunity Division and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Farm to Fork Strategy

Sustainably-produced, quality food is vital not only for addressing climate change and pollution, but also for Europe’s food producers and Europeans’ public health. In the context of the European Green Deal, the EU’s Farm2Fork initiative seeks to transform how we consume, produce and distribute food – via policy change as well as investments in research and technologies.

Education and profession

1992 Abitur at the Gymnasium an der Stadtmauer in Bad Kreuznach, Germany
1992 to 1998 Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
1998 Master’s degree in theology, political science and pedagogy
1998 state examination in religion and social studies
1998 to 2002 freelancer at SWR television, Mainz
1998 to 2000 journalistic traineeship
2000 to 2002 editor at the magazine “weinwelt
2001 to 2009 editor-in-chief at “Sommelier-Magazin

Political career

since 1997 Member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
since 2002 Member of the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU state executive committee
2002 to 2011 Member of the Bundestag for the districts of Bad Kreuznach and Birkenfeld (among other things, member of the Agriculture Committee of the German Bundestag, Consumer Representative of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Deputy Chairwoman of the Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection)
since 2004 Member of the District Council for the District of Bad Kreuznach
2006 to 2011 Member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group executive committee
2006 to 2010 Deputy State Chairwoman of the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate
2009 to 2011 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
since 2010 State Chairwoman of the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate
since 2010 Member of the Executive Committee of the CDU Germany
2011 to 2018 Chairwoman of the CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and member of the state parliament
since 2012 Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU of Germany
since 2018 Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture

The European Commission last year presented its Farm to Fork strategy. The strategy aims to move the EU food system to a more healthy and sustainable state. It proposes ambitious targets for 2030. We wanted to take a closer look at the Farm to Fork strategy within the European Green Deal its goals and discussed challenges and possible solutions. Speaker: 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 and Christiane Lambert – President COPA-COGECA

Carbon Farming

1980-86 Diploma Agronomy (TU München-Weihenstephan)

1990 PhD (TU München-Weihenstephan)

1990-95 Research Assist. (GSF Institute of Soil Ecology, Neuherberg)

1995-2009 Assistant Professor, Professor (Soil Science, Univ. Göttingen)

2001 Habilitation (Univ. Göttingen)

since 2009 Director and Professor, Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture (Braunschweig)


  • Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in soils
  • Greenhouse gas emission from agriculture
  • Greenhouse gas reporting of Germany (agriculture and LULUC)
  • Climate protection in agriculture
  • National inventory of agricultural soils
  • Soil organic matter and climate pro

Is Carbon Farming the new way of farming to sequestrate carbon in the soil and in crop roots, wood and leaves, that otherwise would end up as CO2 in the atmosphere, causing climate change? We wanted to take a closer look at the variety of agricultural methods within this concept and talked about its potentials and challenges Speaker: Liam Condon – Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division Ertharin Cousin – Ambassador, Visiting Scholar at the Center on Food Security and Environment at Stanford University Dr. Agnes Kalibata – Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker, and president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), UN Secretary-General´s Special Envoy

Innovations in Food

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Resilient Landscapes


Senior Fellow
Department of Plant Sciences
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
University of California, Davis
Howard has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, landscape rehabilitation, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 50 years. He has worked with indigenous communities, NGO’s, governmental agencies and the private sector around the world.
His academic career spans 45 years, leading the global effort sequencing, assembling and annotating the Theobroma cacao genome. Shapiro founded the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) and the African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA), launched the Foldit Aflatoxin Puzzle with 460,000 online gamers to redesign and improve enzymes to degrade aflatoxin, co-authored, in PLoSBiology, the landmark paper, that shows for the first time a maize landrace grown in nitrogen-depleted fields near Oaxaca, Mexico, where up to 82% of the plant nitrogen is derived from atmospheric nitrogen.

Kitovu enables smallholder farmers to cut down input costs ,increase yields and sales by providing them with precise inputs, personalized soil and crop health insights, and market linkages.

This inclusive business collaboration aims to improve the existing post-harvest management by disseminating Solar Dryer Domes to benefit small-holder farmers and agricultural cooperatives in underserved communities. This enables farmers to dry their agricultural products, such as bananas, tomatoes, chili, cocoa, coffee, herbs as well as fisheries products for fishing communities under more hygienic circumstances, while at the same time improving the quality and the output.

Genome Editing

Head of Unit at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Irene Sacristán Sánchez is head of unit for Biotechnology in the Directorate General Health and Food Safety of the European Commission. She joined the Commission in 2003, spending several years working on the development and negotiation of pharmaceutical legislation. Most recently, Irene was head of the policy development and legislative unit in the European Anti-Fraud Office. Before joining the Commission, she worked as a lawyer in Madrid.

Svenja Augustin is a graduate student at the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) in Düsseldorf (Germany). This fall, she will start her doctoral studies focussing on plant developmental biology. During her Bachelors’s studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University (Oldenburg, Germany), she also got interested in science communication and became a board member of the Ecoprogressive Network (EcoProg).

David Spencer is a plant biotechnologist from Aachen, Germany. In his PhD project, he studies fungal plant diseases on important crops such as soybean and wheat. He is also a board member of the Eco-Progressive Network, Science Slammer and host of the plant science podcast “Krautnah“.

She has developed her professional career around the food system, in its different approaches: areas of research and development of new products, quality control, marketing and consumption, market research, international trade and education. Agronomic Engineer (University of Lleida-Spain), European Doctor (Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, Nancy-France), MBA in International Agrifood Economics and Management (ESSEC). She obtained the title of piano teacher (Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo -Barcelona). Since 2002 she has directed the Foundation Triptolemos. Secretary of the UNESCO Chair and the board of management Campus Network Excellence (17 Campus). Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Jon Falk studied biology in Kiel (Germany) and Manchester (UK) followed by a PhD in botany at the University of Hamburg and his habilitation in botany at the University in Kiel in 2004. During his scientific carrier he worked at the Carlsberg Research Centre in Copenhagen, the University of Cologne and Kiel. From 2004 to 2008 his focus was barley breeding and ingredients at the Carlsberg Research Centre in Copenhagen (DK). Jon Falk became Managing Director of SAATEN-UNION BIOTEC GmbH in 2014. Key areas of expertise are plant breeding, plant biotechnology, analytics, and R&D management.

Dr. Michael Kock works at the interface between innovation, technology acceptance, and intellectual property for 25 years. With degrees in chemistry and molecular biology, his heart beats for enabling food security innovations. After 20 years in leadership positions in multinational companies, Michael Kock now serves as Senior Vice President, Innovation Catalyst for Inari Agriculture Inc. designing holistic intellectual property, freedom-to-operate, and value capture strategies. As a qualified European and Swiss Patent Attorney, Michael Kock regularly lectures and has published multiple papers on plant related intellectual property in peer reviewed law journals.


Pia Voelker works as an editor for topics related to genetic engineering in agriculture at the organization “Gen-ethisches Netzwerk” in Berlin.


In the new episode of the Agenda Podcast journalist Kevin Caners talks to Matthias Berninger, Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Bayer AG, about ways to make agriculture sustainable and advance its decarbonization.

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As the demand for meat rises along with the growing world population, cultured meat has the potential to become the more sustainable alternative to traditional livestock meat. In this special episode of the Agenda Podcast Professor Yaakov Nahmias,  Founder and CSO of Future Meat, explains to our host Kevin Caners how cultured meat can change the way we eat in the future and what chances and challenges lie ahead.

Food Security is one of the pressing topics of our time. Harvest are endangered not only by climate change and extreme weather conditions but also by the over-reliance on monocultures and other modern agricultural habits. In this episode we talk to the scientist David Spencer, who is a doctoral researcher at the RWTH Aaachen University and a member of the Eco-Progressive Network about how sustainable food security can be ensured for the following generations.

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Klimaneutral Bus fahren, klimaneutrale Gesichtscreme oder klimaneutral gedruckte Kataloge. Die klimaneutralen Angebote werden täglich mehr. Aber was bedeutet „klimaneutral“ eigentlich? Und vor allem, wie funktioniert erfolgreiche CO2 Kompensation genau?

„Klimaschutz ist im Mainstream angekommen“, sagt Tristan Foerster, Geschäftsführer von ClimatePartner im GREEN LIFE Interview. „Das war vor ein paar Jahren noch ganz anders.“ Immer mehr Menschen und Unternehmen sind bereit, sich aktiv freiwillig daran zu beteiligen. Wir sind es unseren Kindern schuldig, das Schlechte, das wir unserer Umwelt angetan haben, an anderer Stelle wieder gut zu machen. CO2 Kompensation ist dabei eine Möglichkeit. Climate Partner, als kompetenter Lösungsanbieter im Klimaschutz unterstützt Privatpersonen und Unternehmen auf ihrem Weg klimaneutral zu werden und erklärt im Podcast, worauf es bei der CO2 Kompensation wirklich ankommt. (Copyright des Fotos: 1032_ClimatePartner_03, GREEN LIFE)

Das Bild von glücklichen Kühen auf grünen Wiesen bröckelt unaufhaltsam. Die Realität sieht leider anders aus. Nitratverseuchte Böden, verschmutztes Grundwasser und kranke und leidende Nutztiere entsprechen eher dem heutigen Bild unserer Massentierhaltung. Viele der weltweit dringendsten Probleme haben eine gemeinsame Ursache: Unsere Ernährung. Immer mehr Menschen stellen deshalb den Konsum von Tierprodukten und die Auswirkungen auf unser Klima, auf unsere Gesundheit und auf die Tiere in Frage und suchen nach geeigneten Alternativen. Pflanzenmilch gehört dabei zu dem umsatzstärksten Alternativ-Produkt und erfährt einen wahren Siegeszug. Wie eine geeignete Lebensmittelauswahl wirklich dabei hilft, effektiven Klimaschutz zu betreiben, erzählt Anna-Lena Klapp von ProVeg International. Die führende internationale Ernährungsorganisation erklärt komplexe Zusammenhänge und unterstützt den Wandel zu einer Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft, die weniger von der Tierhaltung abhängig und nachhaltig für unseren Planeten ist. 

Ist „vegan“ die Ernährung der Zukunft??? Mein Gast zum Thema ist die Ernährungsexpertin für pflanzenbasierte Nahrungsmittel Ulrika Brandt, von der NGO ProVeg International.
Der Markt für pflanzliche Lebensmittel boomt und das soll erst der Anfang sein. Zunehmende Fleischskandale, ökologische, ethische und gesundheitliche Bedenken gelten als die entscheidenden Markt-Treiber. Die weltweite Entwicklung zu einer eher pflanzenbasierten Ernährungsweise, fordert die globale Lebensmittelbranche heraus, endlich umzudenken und ihre Investitionen in nachhaltige und gesunde Lebensmittel zu stecken. Eine Revolution der Nahrungsmittelindustrie gilt als unerlässlich, wenn wir den Planten retten wollen. Der damit verbundene Wertewandel ist in vollem Gange und stellt uns alle vor eine grundlegende Ernährungsentscheidung. Hier die Folge auf spotiy oder apple anhören.

Bis 2050 wird die Weltbevölkerung auf ca. 9 Milliarden Menschen ansteigen. Dafür muss die landwirtschaftliche Produktion weiter gesteigert werden. Genau darin steckt das Dilemma: Mehr Nahrungsmittel produzieren und gleichzeitig die Ausbeutung unseres Planeten verhindern. Das geht sicher nicht mit Massentierhaltung, industriellem Fischfang und Regenwaldrodung. Die einzig denkbare Lösung für das Lebensmittelparadoxon des 21. Jahrhunderts ist eine radikale Änderung der Art und Weise, wie wir essen, Lebensmittel produzieren und globale Lebensmittelsysteme organisieren. Im Interview mit dem TAGESSPIEGEL diskutieren wir die aktuellen Lösungsvorschläge der World Food Convention und geben einen Überblick über den aktuellen Stand aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Wissenschaft.

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Die Nutzung gentechnisch veränderter Pflanzen in der Landwirtschaft und Nahrungsmittelproduktion polarisiert seit jeher.

Aber was für Chancen und Risiken birgt die sogenannte “grüne Gentechnik” in Zeiten des Klimawandels tatsächlich? Befürworter preisen sie als einen Weg zu einer effizienteren Produktion von Nahrungsmitteln und als Waffe im Kampf gegen den Welthunger an. Gegner warnen vor irreparablen Schäden für unsere Ökosysteme. Doch klimatische Veränderungen und die stetig anwachsende Weltbevölkerung zwingen uns offen zu bleiben, umzudenken und alle Werkzeuge in einen Kasten zu werfen, um größeren Schaden abzuwenden. Wie dies gelingen kann und auf was es in Zukunft ankommen wird, bespreche ich in einem ethisch-wissenschaftlichen Diskurs mit dem Biologen David Spencer. Weitere Links zum Thema: Podcast David Spencer Tagesschau zu Gentechnik CRISPR/Cas9 leicht erklärt Das “Ohne Gentechnik-Label” Der Beitrag Grüne Gentechnik – Fluch oder Segen? erschien zuerst auf Green Life.