Symposium

Symposium: 'Dutch Agriculture, European Policies and Global Food System Transitions'

On Monday 2, Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November Wageningen Economic Research organised a digital symposium consisting of a series of three lunchwebinars. This session was followed by a special digital session with an opening speech by Louise O. Fresco and the farewell lectures by Krijn Poppe and Ruerd Ruben.

The symposium focused on the rapidly changing world order, the food security crisis, increasing poverty, climate change and environmental challenges and their impact on the role and ambitions of Europe and the Netherlands. Attention was paid to the driving forces and prospects for the transformation of the food system in the Netherlands, Europe and the developing countries, and to the challenges for government policy, business innovation and researchers.

On this page you will find all information available in response to the symposium and the farewell of Krijn Poppe and Ruerd Ruben.

Organised by Wageningen Economic Research
Venue Webinar

The symposium focused on the following topics:

Food Security for the World

The major challenges that global food system face in terms of food insecurity were discussed, including the triple burden of malnutrition (hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight/obesity) and rising vulnerability to health and environment problems. Attention was given to the potential of poverty alleviation programs (i.e. cash transfers, gender empowerment) and the contribution of nutrition-sensitive value chains for reaching healthier diets and more inclusive food systems. The critical role of social science research has been emphasized in relation to bridging insights between production systems innovation, incentives for improving consumption behaviour and scaling strategies through multi-stakeholder food system governance.

Keynotes by:

  • Johan Swinnen, director general International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC
  • Marijke Kuiper, senior researcher International Policy, Wageningen Economic Research

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Food Systems in European Agricultural Policy

Europe’s place in the global system and recent policy initiatives by the European Commission for a green recovery as highlighted in the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork communication has been discussed. Attention was also given to the relation with the proposals for the CAP Reform, with its new instrument of eco-schemes and more room for manoeuvre by the member states in their national strategic plans. A food systems perspective has been advocated to create a sustainable bio-economy and a healthy food environment. The role of digitalisation of the society has been proven to be a clear driving force in the society and will influence the food system. The question is if the Common Agriculture Policy will deliver and how social scientists can contribute to assess its impact.

Keynotes by:

  • Tassos Haniotis, director European Commission - DG Agriculture and Rural Development, in personal capacity
  • Roel Jongeneel, senior researcher Agricultural policy, Wageningen Economic Research

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The role of a Dutch Circular Food System in the world

The Dutch food system is praised abroad for its innovation and contribution to feed the world, but is nationally criticized for its environmental foot print in the metropolitan landscape. A move towards circular food systems has to solve this challenge. Several options are on the table: technical innovation, products higher in the value chain, short supply chains, multifunctional activities or a reduction in the size of the farm sector and more technology export. Social sciencits could help to solve the stalemate in Dutch policy.

Keynotes by:

  • Marjolein Demmers, director Natuur & Milieu
  • Hans Vrolijk, senior researcher Wageningen Economic Research

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Farewell Krijn Poppe and Ruerd Ruben

Louise O. Fresco, president of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research: Lessons learned and future challenges for food system policy and research.

Farewell lectures Challenges for Food Systems:

  • Ruerd Ruben: Searching Effective Incentives for Global Food System Transformation
  • Krijn Poppe: Time for Departure - a Reflection on the Dutch Food System

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