Innovations in Food

What alternatives are there to conventional nutrition and how can the cultivation of enough food in a limited space be optimized? In order to meet the growing challenges of food supply and food security in the world, we need new manufacturing technologies and distribution mechanisms.

What new achievements and revolutionary approaches can be found worldwide in this field? We present start-ups and their ideas for the needs of local communities and discuss the areas in which research is currently being carried out.

Speaker

Erica Bliss

Erica Leads Business Development for Mineral [Google X] and spent the past 12 years designing new products and services in agriculture. Prior to X, Erica led BD across East and Southern Africa for Syngenta, building crop lending, insurance and supply chain initiatives across a wide variety of crops. She developed sustainable, inclusive supply chains in emerging markets with Coca-Cola, Walmart and other multinationals in collaboration with NGOs including the Gates Foundation and TechnoServe. Erica holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Regina Schmidt is the Head of Innovation Projects at the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator based in Munich. Regina’s responsibilities are to source and support start-ups and non-profits that disrupt global hunger. She is leading the WFP Innovation Bootcamp and Sprint Programs. 

Prior to working at the Accelerator, Regina was Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants with an industry focus on Consumer Goods & Retail. She has advised leading international companies along the food value chain on growth and efficiency topics.

Double Helix Consulting, Retired Chief Agricultural Officer at Mars, Owner at Double Helix Racing

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Resilient Landscapes

CIFOR-ICRAF

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.

 

Watch the Finalists from our Start-Up Pitch at on June 24th at 6:30 p.m. CET

Green Gold Farms is a modern agricultural company whose mission is to grow, renew, transform and excel in a sustainable manner. We believe Africa can feed itself and its people can be empowered to lift themselves out of poverty. Our flagship project will serve as a blueprint for other nations in Africa to emulate.
Adopting modern or advanced technological practices in areas like irrigation, hydroponics, disease and pest control, etc to maximize food production making Africa “the food basket of the world” and reducing drastically importation of food.
Green Gold Farms Ltd. intends to leverage on Ghana’s geographically central location which places Ghana in a good place to serve as food basket to the West African sub-region. This combined with other equally conducive factors such as stability of government, good arable land, perfect climatic conditions, labour and a good business climate, ranked 1st in West Africa as the preferred investment destination, will ensure that the business thrives and meets investor’s expectations. We are starting our project on 700 hectares. Our mission is to move 1m Ghanaians out of poverty in remote areas and enhance sustainability.

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.

iPoP Africa is an agribusiness initiative under the Nutritious Agriculture Network LLC reclaiming the sovereignty of indigenous grains in shaping the future of snacking fulling the quest of a healthy population seeking healthier, plant-forward, on-the-go snack bringing robust ethnic flavors without giving up their moments of indulgence. We promote ecofriendly purchase of snacks by offering sustainable reusable packaging bags and making our customers tree heroes through our one snack one tree initiative as we create jobs for the youth and women.

Keynotes and Videostatements

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Resilient Landscapes

CIFOR-ICRAF

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.

Erica Leads Business Development for Mineral [Google X] and spent the past 12 years designing new products and services in agriculture. Prior to X, Erica led BD across East and Southern Africa for Syngenta, building crop lending, insurance and supply chain initiatives across a wide variety of crops. She developed sustainable, inclusive supply chains in emerging markets with Coca-Cola, Walmart and other multinationals in collaboration with NGOs including the Gates Foundation and TechnoServe. Erica holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

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.

Podcasts

Photo by Patricia Alvarado Núñez / graziosopictures.com

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.

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.