During the SDG-conference 'Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact' presentations, workshops and dialogues will be organised around three themes:
- Evidence base
- Synergies & trade-offs
- Governance

Insights from these three themes will be taken up in order to come up with foodsystem transformation pathways during the final parallel and plenary sessions. Click here to learn more about the three conference themes as well as about the side-events and student e-conference.The picture below 'programme at a glance' gives you a good impression of the conference. Scroll down to see a more detailed version of the conference programme. Please note that the programme will be adjusted as new information on the sessions will become available.

The programme in more detail, looks as follows:


09.00 Registration
10.00 Opening of the SDG conference and introduction of key moderator, Andrew Makkinga
- Arthur Mol, Rector magnificus and Vice-president Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
10.30 Global Challenges ‘WEF Talk’, moderated by Louise O. Fresco, President WUR
- Akinwumi Adesina, President African Development Bank
- Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
- Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished lecturer Stanford University (former President World Food Program)
12.00 Introduction to the conference themes by theme chairs:
- Evidence: Emmy Simmons, AGree Co-chair (former USAid)
- Synergies & trade-offs: Jeffrey Sayer, Professor at Cook University
- Governance: Simon Bush, Professor at WUR
- E-conference
12.30 Lunch break
14.00 Parallel sessions (click on session title below for more information):
Double agricultural production and incomes in Ethiopia (WUR & Partners & Access to seeds foundation) Climate Smart land use: the agriculture – forest nexus (WUR) Competing project cycles and sustainable impacts (WUR, UvA, FAO, Index Initiative and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Metropolitan food supply and demand: three possible solutions for achieving a fair and sustainable distribution (Foodbank Wageningen, Dialogical Holding BV, AMS, WUR) Landscape as spatial framework for an integrated achievement of the SDGs (WUR, PBL, MER) Sustainable food development in Catalunia (Lleida University, IRTA, CADS)
A Food Systems approach to Food & Nutrition Security: from theory to practice (LNV, FBKP, HIVOS, SNV, ECDPM, WUR) Nourishing the SDGs - the power of innovative partnerships for improving diets as malnutrition to nourish SDG2 and other Development Goals (NWGN = DSM, UniCEF, WFP-NL, WUR, Save the Children, ICCO, GAIN NL, ETC, VU, BHOS) Food governance: the role of the City Council (City Councils of Ede, Wageningen, Oss)
Disruptive Innovation and Youth for Zero Hunger by 2030 (WUR & CTA)
15.30 Break
16.00 Parallel sessions (click on session title below for more information):
Food systems for Healthier Diets (International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), HIVOS, ICCO, ISD, WUR) Climate smart agriculture: synergies or trade-offs between governance levels and domains (WUR-CSA) Tracing sustainability in food & governance /sustainability governance CSG (WUR-ENP/FNP/PAP) Transforming higher education to transform agricultur­al and food systems
Finance and CSA – How can Climate-Smart Agriculture become an investable business model for financial institutions? (Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM), Rabobank, WUR) Nature’s benefits in agro-forest frontiers: linking actor strategies, biodiversity and ecosystems services (INREF-FOREFRONT & WUR) Food for thought: the role of agricultural universities in realizing SDG2 (WUR, Cornell, Davis, Massey)
Capturing innovation in smallholder service delivery (IDH, KIT, Solidaridad, Private companies, WUR) Trade-offs and synergies between SDGs at different levels (WUR) Deconstructing development rationales and knowledge (Radboud, VU, Massey, UvA)
Participatory backcasting projects as vehicles for achieving SDG2 (Marie-Helene Schwoob, IDDRI, INIA, INRAT, WUR, RRes)
18.00 Conference dinner


08.30 Registration
09.00 Keynotes Shenggen Fan, Rajiv Shah
10.00 Coffee break
10.30 Parallel sessions & Side events (click on session title below for more information):
Inclusive production and local sourcing - Can Industrial buyers support food security? (Heineken, Friesland Campina, IDH, EUCORD) The role of livestock in achieving the SDGs (WUR & Partners) Challenges of diverse alliances and strategies: on the role of donor agencies (Massey, Oxford, SAVICA, Deval) Co-creation for Impact: donors and knowledge institutions
Evidence base on Food Production: Evidence needs to facilitate Scaling of CSA (University of Vermont/CCAFS, Climate KIC, WEnR, ENZA seeds, Rabobank) A toolbox for building resilient smallholder farming systems – towards sustainable nutritional security (Mercy Corps, WUR) Roundtable on sustainable forest/tree commodity value chains Promoting added-value production by smallholder farmers through the development of robust market-driven supply chains in an industry-community-academia collaboration (JISNAS-WUR)
Using ICT and Data for Impact (WUR library, WUR, LNV, CBS, CTA, VITO, Elsevier) Synergies and trade-offs between specific SDGs, local and global settings (UvA, KIT, CABI, WUR, IPCADC) Talkshow: Pathways towards agroecological policies Borlaug
12.00 Lunch break
13.25 Ken Giller to introduce the transformative pathways
13.55 Short break to go to parallel sessions
14.05 Food system transformation pathways - Parallel sessions:
Behaviour change in food system transformation Can municipalities, cities be nodes of food system transformation? Scaling-up Youth-Led Programmes: Call to Action Towards sustainable livestock farming
Sustainable international commodity chains: cocoa Sustainable international commodity chains: oilpalm Sustainable agricultural sector in the Netherlands Seed systems
Scaling out and scaling up Using foresight to understand and inform transformations in agrifood systems Reaching a shared vision for Dutch agriculture in the quest of SDG2
15.30 Break
16.00 Building blocks facilitated by Ken Giller
Key messages proposed pathways to achieve the SDGs by Mrs. Emmy Simons, Mr. Jeffrey Sayer, Mr. Simon Bush
16.30 The Way Forward - The Next Generation, by Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, President World Food Prize Foundation and Mrs. Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture,Nature and Food Quality
17.30 Closing ceremony & drinks