Solutions Event

Thursday, March 24, 2022
15:30 - 16:45 (CET)

We will explore regenerative agriculture to unlock new thinking and ideas for all stakeholders to draw on as we develop and scale regenerative agriculture in Europe and beyond.

Over the past twelve months, the Forum has focused much of its annual program on regenerative agriculture. This reflects the emerging interest in regenerative agriculture as a potential approach to a more sustainable food and farming system in Europe and beyond.

The EU policy agenda has also begun to address this whilst many global companies and organisations have started to make commitments to source from growers who adopt regenerative agriculture practices.

In 2021, we held a number of events which looked at how to develop and scale regenerative agriculture. During the course of this work, a number of key questions emerged. They need to be answered if regenerative agriculture is to be further developed and scaled in Europe and beyond.

We are happy to host various stakeholders during this 75 minute event to answer a couple of them.

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order)

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Herbert Dorfmann

Member of the European Parliament

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Member of the European Parliament

Herbert Dorfmann is a politician from South Tyrol, a German-speaking region in Northern Italy and is currently serving his third term as a Member of the European Parliament. After having completed a degree in Agrarian Sciences in Piacenza, Dorfmann started his professional career as a professor at the Agricultural College in Ora. He then became the director of the agriculture department at the Bolzano Chamber of Commerce and went on to direct the South Tyrolean Farmers’ Federation for nearly ten years. Dorfmann’s political career started in 2005 when he became the mayor of his hometown. In 2009, he was elected for his first mandate at the European Parliament and was subsequently re-elected as a MEP for the European People’s Party in 2014 and 2019, for a second and third mandate. In the present term, he is a member in the AGRI Committee and a substitute member in the BUDG, REGI and ECON Committee. More information Website – www.herbert-dorfmann.eu/en.html Twitter – @herbertdorfmann Facebook – @herbert.dorfmann
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Galina Peycheva-Miteva

Farmer, Bulgaria

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Farmer, Bulgaria

Galina Peycheva-Miteva studied Econometrics and Statistics in New York and graduated in 2005, when she joined the family farm. She started her active agricultural activity in 2007 by managing 1,650 ha of land. She was instrumental in creating the family vineyard, lavender fields and rose fields. She changed the direction of the family business towards crop diversity adding milk thistle, coriander, alfalfa, grass mixes, cotton and acacia to the traditional wheat, barley and sunflower. She changed the method of farming from conventional to minimum disturbance and has made numerous efforts to preserve and improve soil fertility, fight water and wind erosion and has in the process certified as biologic over 580 ha of arable land. She allocated 200 ha of her arable land to be converted to pasture grass land in order to ensure the sustainable long-term management of the land. For those efforts, she was awarded the prestigious Soil Award in Brussels, in 2017. She was named Business Woman of the Year for 2017 by the Agrobusiness Magazine of Bulgaria. Galina is the Vice-Chairman of the Bulgarian Landowners Association, holds a seat on the Board of the Association of Agricultural Producers in Bulgaria and is a member of the National Grain Producers Association. She is actively involved in policy-making and advocating the rights and responsibilities of farmers and landowners. In 2018, she joined the Wildlife Estates label and is passionate about promoting the message of sustainability and the active role of landowners in protecting and promoting biodiversity.
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Shari Rogge-Fidler

President and CEO, Farm Foundation

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President and CEO, Farm Foundation

Shari is president and CEO of Farm Foundation with over 25 years of global leadership and executive experience. She has a unique perspective, developed through her experience as a fifth-generation farm owner and operator, entrepreneur in the organic branded food industry, founder of an agribusiness consulting firm and leader of a soil health technology firm. Shari also served as CEO for a suite of service companies for 1,000 farms across the US. She began her career in London in financial services and continued in Europe with the Boston Consulting Group. Shari has served on several corporate boards, including Farm Credit Mid America and Coastal Pet. She currently serves as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy, and advisory boards of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, and Lewis & Clark Agrifood Fund.

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Marc Rosiers

Director at MR F&A Consult

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Director at MR F&A Consult

Marc Rosiers holds a Master of Science in Economics from the KU Leuven (1980). In 1981 he became Master of Science in Economics at the London School of Economics. He can look back on 25 years of experience as internal consultant and board member in agri-food companies and professional associations such as there are Agri Investment Fund, Boerenbond, etc. Since 2016 he is managing director of MR F&A Consult which serves its clients with independent, evidence based and applicable advice on strategic management and public affairs and lobbying issues. In this capacity, he is an advisor to the ELO European Policy Group.
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Mark Titterington

Co-Founder & Director, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

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Co-Founder & Director, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

Mark has enjoyed a long career in the agri-food sector having previously worked at the United Nations and for Syngenta where he held a number of senior leadership positions in corporate affairs and business sustainability in the EAME region and globally. After leaving Syngenta in 2017, Mark became Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and nurturing STEM skills in young people. Mark later became Head of Marketing and Public Affairs for Indigo Agriculture Europe GmbH. Mark is a co-founder and senior adviser to the Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Policy Network.
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Bart Vandewaetere

VP ESG Engagement, Nestlé Europe

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VP ESG Engagement, Nestlé Europe

Bart is in charge of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Engagement for Nestlé Zone Europe. He is member of Nestlé’s Zone Europe Executive Team.

Bart leads and coordinates Nestlé’s contributions and communications on policies and societal debates with stakeholders and citizens across the region. He is also actively contributing to identify and engage with partners to progress Nestlé’s nutrition and sustainability strategy that aims to achieve regenerative food systems at scale.

Agenda

Mar 24, 2022

15:30 - 16:45 (CET)

15:30 - 15:45 (CET)

Introduction on regenerative agriculture & panel presentation by the moderator Mark Titterington

15:45 - 16:30 (CET)

Panel discussion around 5 key questions on regenerative agriculture

· How do we define what regenerative agriculture is?
· How do we build awareness and buy-in across the agri-food system?
· What do growers/ land managers need/how will we support them in making and sustaining a transition to regenerative agriculture practices?
· What role do agri-food system actors play in supporting, facilitating and sustaining the transition?
· What role does policy, legislation and regulation play?

Poll & Q&A with the audience

16:30 - 16:45 (CET)

Wrap up and conclusion by the moderator Mark Titterington

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