Opening of the Academic Year 2008/09

The Opening of the Academic Year 2008-2009 in Wageningenfocused on the theme ‘Feeding the World’.

Fierce competition on the commodity market for food products caused by issues such as bio-fuel demands, world population growth, development of the Asian economy, changing diets and climate change lead to increasing concerns about food security worldwide.

Investments in innovative agri-food systems are necessary. Science, policy and industry need to rethink their strategy.

During the opening ceremony, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan focused on the global issues concerning food security and food prices from an international perspective.

Nutreco CEO Wout Dekker reflected on the role of animal protein in feeding the world.

Chairman of the Executive Board Aalt Dijkhuizen traditionally reflected on Wageningen UR’s past and coming year, as well as on the Wageningen UR’s role in resolving global food issues.