Water and food, make two ends meet

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This AGRO session marks an important point in the  (private, public and research) of the water and food sectors to give form to the NL international ambition to increase water security and water safety in the world for people, plants and animals. The worlds food and agri systems, post covid, are working hard to deliver outcomes that are more sustainable, healthier and more inclusive than they are now. This transition needs bold actions in the face of climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality. Rethinking our (re)use of water including our water system concepts is necessary in order to develop, situation unique, resilient and sustainable food system where tradeoffs, of water allocation, become visible. This session will firstly address a water system conceptually, then showcase a concrete case. Lastly three top AGRI companies will be asked to reflect on how the presented concepts as well as the implementation in a delta can be applied at company level with the aim in mind of produce food with more water security for people, nature and biodiversity.

Director for International Affairs
Peter Díez is Director for International Affairs at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. His portfolio covers the full range of international policies within the ministry. Besides climate and climate change, environmental and spatial planning policies, the mandate of the ministry encompasses all water and transport issues.
Director
Ivo Demmers is director of the corporate Research Programme on Food Security and Valuing Water of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).Previously, he was Programme Leader for the Sustainable Water Management programme within the Environmental Science Group of WUR. Before joining WUR in 2014 he held senior management positions in the private and non-governmental sector. He has experience in working in several capacities in the Netherlands, Africa, (eastern) Europe, Asia and the United States.
Director of International Relations and Cooperation
Willemien van Asselt is Director of International Relations and Cooperation at the Topsector Agri&Food – one of the 9 Topsectors of the Netherlands. In her capacity - Willemien set up a new international strategy – based on the Dutch Public private driven Knowledge and innovation agenda for Agriculture, Water and Food. (www.kialandbouwwatervoedsel.nl). She is a member of the World Economic Forum Food innovation Hubs Ambassadors group. She also part of the Biobased Battle Jury for AVANS university of Applied Research
Senior Researcher
Adriaan Antonis is senior researcher at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research. With his research he wants to contribute to the transition to a more sustainable food system and in his research he focuses on possible risks to animal and human health. Adriaan was trained as a veterinarian at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht (the Netherlands), has been working for Wageningen Research since 2000. He enjoys complex system challenges.
Executive Director
With more than 25 years of experience as policy maker for the Netherland’s government, Martin has worked in several policy domains, including environmental policy, nature policy, international biodiversity policy and green growth policy. Currently, Martin is the Executive Director and member of the Management Board of the Capitals Coalition, a global collaboration redefining value to transform decision-making.
Private Business Developer
Jan spent his career in the agricultural sector, producing feed for livestock and developing knowledge for feed production. In the last years, as a privat business developer from de World Biobased Center Zevenellen, he wants to create a circular Biobased Economy connected to the regional foodproduction, processing and valuation, positioned as a showcase from our Limburgse technologie and craftsmanship for a sustainable foodproduction over de whole world.
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  1. SS

    Have a look at the work of Safaya Consulting, Oneplanetkichen.org and water footprint network / implementation

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