On the future of nutrition and farming
The Swiss Pavilion is participating in the World Majlis virtual forum, taking place on 23 February 2021, as part of the Food, Agriculture, and Livelihood pre-Expo event.
This session will look at how innovations in nutrition and farming will help feed the next 2 billion people on earth. The Swiss Pavilion has invited as a speaker Katja Seidenschnur, sustainability director – Nestlé Europe, Middle East, and North Africa.
Katja Seidenschnur will elaborate on how the Swiss multinational is going to further collaborate with farmers and suppliers expanding regenerative agriculture to restore and regenerate nature. She will also reflect on the changes planned in Nestlé’s own manufacturing and transport, its portfolio shift towards more plant-based diets and introducing circular packaging.
The World Majlis is scheduled at 13:30 GST, (10:30 CET), on Tuesday 23 February.
HOW WILL WE EAT?
Innovations in nutrition and farming that will help feed the next 2 billion people
Inspired by the ethos of World Expos, World Majlis aim to start a global conversation on topics of great significance for our times and our society. As part of the Food, Agriculture, and Livelihood Pre-Expo event on 23 February, this World Majliswill look at how the world can ensure the future availability of food for all within the limits of our planet’s resources and well-being.
By 2050 we will need to feed over 9 billion people, yet close to 700 million people still go hungry today. Agriculture is key, yet it remains the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the energy sector. How can the world ensure the future availability of food for all within the limits of our planet’s resources and well-being? Is technology our best source of solutions or can we look at low-tech innovations and other traditional practices? From plant-based and cultivated meats to high-protein insect-based diets, how will the way we eat need to evolve? How will this influence consumption and reduce waste?
Join us in this World Majlis, to begin to explore the answers to these complex questions in conversation with leading experts and thought leaders:
- HE Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park, UAE
- Professor Andrew Lowe, Director of Food Innovation; Chair of Plant Conservation, University of Adelaide, Australia
- Dr Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- Katja Seidenschnur, Sustainability Director, Nestlé Europe Middle East and North Africa, Switzerland
- Meiny Prins, CEO of Priva, Netherlands
- Willem Van Walt Meijer, CEO of Al Ain Farms, UAE
FOOD, AGRICULTURE & LIVELIHOODS
From farm to plate, the food value chain is an integral part of society, providing income and livelihoods for billions – but the way in which we currently cultivate our food is a significant contributor to climate change through deforestation, land degradation, pollution and food waste. The World Expo is a platform that brings stakeholders across value chains to spotlight localised solutions to food, nutrition and farming challenges. Programmes will explore how to grow food sustainably in order to eat and earn better and will encompass approaches to climate-friendly agriculture and agricultural practices that maximise productivity while operating in harmony with the environment.
PARTNERING WITH NESTLE
Nestlé is an official partner of the Swiss Pavilion and will host a temporary exhibition for the greater public. “Unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come” is the company’s purpose. Sustainability is taking a central role for Nestlé, as they are working to achieve their global commitments to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve a net zero goal by 2050.