Program & Registration



2:35 PM – 3:20 PM – WELCOME FROM POLITICO & PANEL DISCUSSION: Putting actions to words: the food supply chain after the Farm to Fork strategy

  • What will be the on-the-ground impact of the new EU regulations?
  • What are the challenges to making food supply chains more sustainable and at the same time more secure?
  • Who should bear the costs and responsibility of a more sustainable agriculture and food sector?
  • How will the European food supply chain adapt after the current coronavirus crisis?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Claire Bury, deputy director-general, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Wolfgang Burtscher, director general, DG AGRI, European Commission
  • Patrick Trötschler, deputy managing director and program manager, Bodensee-Stiftung
  • Lars Holmquist, executive vice president, packaging solutions & commercial operations, Tetra Pak


  • Zosia Wanat, reporter, POLITICO

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION: Diets of 2020: Convenience and sustainability – can consumers have it all?

  • How is food consumption changing in Europe? And how is the supply chain adapting?
  • Is what the consumer wants always what they need and what they are ready to pay for?
  • How could European countries ensure food sovereignty while staying competitive?
  • What is the future of nutritional information and food labeling?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, head of Unit, Farm to Fork Strategy, DG Sante, European Commission
  • Petra Berkhout, chief agricultural economist, Wageningen University & Research
  • Nicolas Chabanne, president, La Marque du Consommateur
  • Nicola Tanaskovic, head of corporate responsibility, REWE GROUP

Moderator: Zosia Wanat, reporter, POLITICO

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM – TED TALK AND INTERVIEW with Pasi Vainikka, co-founder & chief executive officer, Solar Foods

Moderator: Eddy Wax, reporter, POLITICO

4:40 PM- 5:05 PM INTERVIEW WITH Q&A with Emmanuel Faber, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Danone

Moderator: Marion Solletty, reporter, POLITICO

5:15 PM – 5:55 PM : PANEL DISCUSSION: A focus on EU-Africa – Partnering for food security


  • What does the EU common agricultural policy mean for Africa?
  • Where lies the EU’s role in bringing more opportunity to Africa’s agri-food sector? Where can the EU have the most helpful impact?
  • How vulnerable is Africa to the effects of climate – such as the current locust swarm – and how can the continent’s resilience be increased?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Carla Montesi, director, planet and prosperity, DG DEVCO, European Commission
  • Dominique Burgeon, director, emergency and rehabilitation division and strategic programme leader – resilience, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Ruramiso Mashumba, director, Mnandi Africa

Moderator: Arthur Nelsen, senior policy reporter, POLITICO




Unpacking value – how to make the food chain competitive, fair and secure

Farmers, processors, retailers, … How is value distributed among the agri-food chain? And how has it evolved over time? Is covid-19 and the discussion on food sovereignty and food pricing moving the needle?

What will the implementation of the directive on unfair trading practices and the Farm to Fork Strategy change?

What innovative solutions have recently been successful in redistributing value across the chain?

Confirmed speaker:

  • Susanne Braun, managing director, research center for bioeconomy, Universität Hohenheim
  • Jeroom Remmers, director of the True Animal Protein Price Coalition
  • Joe Healy, vice-president, COPA

Moderated by:

  • Zosia Wanat, reporter, POLITICO


Governance in the digital age

From apps, to blockchain, to QR codes labelling: what opportunities and challenges do new technologies bring for transparency and traceability in the supply chain?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Stefano Soro, head of Food Industry unit, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Harry Smit, senior industry analyst, farm inputs and farming, Rabobank


  • Eddy Wax, reporter, POLITICO



With Anne L. Alonzo, senior vice president, external affairs and chief sustainability officer, Corteva Agriscience

9:15 AM – 9:40 AM – OPENING INTERVIEW with Q&A, with Luis Planas, minister of agriculture, Spain

Moderator: Eddy Wax, reporter, POLITICO

9:50 AM – 10:30 AM – PANEL DISCUSSION – Unpacking the Green Deal in agriculture, from rhetoric to reality

  • What does the Green Deal – and, in particular the Farm to Fork strategy – mean for European agriculture? What will be the impact in the fields?
  • How can agri-food in Europe make a substantial and sustainable leap forward?
  • How much of the responsibility for the transition is placed on farmers? Who is praying for more sustainability?
  • What will be the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Green Deal’s timeline and ambitions?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Johannes Fankhauser, director general, agriculture and rural development, Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
  • Tassos Haniotis, director for strategy, simplification and policy analysis, DG AGRI, European Commission
  • Jannes Maes, president, European Council of Young Farmers, CEJA
  • Martin Scholten, strategic advisor, Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research

Moderator: Arthur Nelsen, senior policy reporter, POLITICO


Strategies for the future: Challenge to identify the top 3 things that could make agri-food sector greener and more competitive

10:40 AM -11:10 AM – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION – Food security and biodiversity: Can Europe make the equation work?

  • Can public policy reconcile agriculture and biodiversity by increasing both the economic and ecological performance of food production?
  • Can technology help in restoring the planet’s biodiversity?
  • What should be covered by the EU’s 2030 biodiversity strategy?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ian Pigott, farmer, Thrales End Farm, UK
  • Martin Ekvad, president, Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)
  • Luc Bas, director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, European Regional Office

Moderator: Eddy Wax, reporter, POLITICO

11:10 AM – 11:45 AM – NETWORKING BREAK – Time for your prearranged meetings!


  • From Brexit, to US elections, and ongoing trade deals negociations, what are the challenges and promises of a changing global trade landscape?
  • How can Europe best support the sector to ensure it is ready to face the competition?
  • What have we learned from the measures governments took to respond to the coronavirus crisis?

Confirmed speakers:

  • John Clarke, director of international affairs, DG AGRI, European Commission
  • Marion Jansen, director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Justin Brown, Australian ambassador to the European Union, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Ted McKinney, under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Moderator: Zosia Wanat, reporter, POLITICO

12:30 PM – 13:00 PM – NETWORKING LUNCH

Two themes – two meeting rooms

  1. Agriculture
  2. Food

1:00 PM – 1:25 PM – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION – Tackling deforestation in food production  

  • Discussing demand and supply side drivers for deforestation in food production 
  • What measures and targets should be implemented to tackle deforestation? 
  • Should EU nudge big companiestoward action on deforestation in cocoa and palm oil supply chains? 

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Herbert Dorfmann, member of European Parliament (MEP) (Italy, EPP)
  • Paula den Hartog, palm oil lead, Rainforest Alliance
  • Mette Wilkie, director, Forestry Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Moderator: Arthur Nelsen, senior policy reporter, POLITICO 

1:35 PM – 2:00 PM – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSIONAnimal Farm  how to strike the balance between welfare and competitiveness? 

  • What will the animal welfare goals be under the CAP? 
  • How to answer to citizens’ demand for greater animal welfare?  
  • What are the ties between sustainability and animal welfare regulation? 

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Sirpa Pietikäinenmember of the European Parliament (MEP)
  • Juliette Protino, engineer in agronomy and project manager, European Rural Poultry Association (ERPA)
  • Philip Lymbery, chief executive officer, Compassion in World Farming (Compassion)

Moderator: Eddy Wax, reporter, POLITICO 

2:10 PM – 2:50 PM – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION – Gene editing – controversy or necessity: what is the future? 

  • How will the EU regulate gene-edited products? 
  • How to decide when plant breeding techniques cross over into genetic engineering? 
  • Will the genetic engineering in food be the answer to the climate change? 

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Chantal Bruetschy, head, Biotechnology Unit, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Heike Moldenhauer, EU Policy Advisor, Association Food without Genetic Engineering, VLOG
  • René Smulders, manager of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research

Moderator: Arthur Nelsen, senior policy reporter, POLITICO

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM – INTERVIEW with Q&A with Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, Canada


  • Jakob Hanke Vela, reporter, POLITICO

3:30 PM – 3:50 PM – INTERVIEW with Q&A with Taras Kachka, deputy minister of economy, trade and agriculture, Ukraine


  • Zosia Wanat, reporter, POLITICO



Leading partner

Corteva Agriscience™

Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at

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Twitter: @CortevaEUR


Supporting partner

Tetra Pak 

Tetra Pak is a world leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries. With more than 25,000 employees around the world, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business.

Our promise, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™,” reflects our vision to commit to making food safe and available, everywhere.

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Twitter: @tetrapak.

More information about Tetra Pak is available at

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