9th December - Thematic Day


9th December - Thematic Day


Thematic Day Hosts:

ADVANCE protein diversification.

8.15–9.15 +4 GMT

Global Launch of the EIT Food Policy Brief - “Accelerating Protein Diversification for Europe”

Press only

9.30–10.30 +4 GMT

Harvesting Solutions: Cultivating a Sustainable Future through Methane Reduction in the Agrifood Sector

A deep dive session on the importance in advocating methane reduction solution within the agrifood systems to address climate urgency.

11.00–12.00 +4 GMT

The Diversification Tipping Point: Advancing Complementary Protein Ecosystems

Countries like Israel, Denmark, Singapore, Brazil, and the Netherlands are frontrunners in building innovation ecosystems for complementary proteins. However, global impact can only be reached by scaling out their approach. This discussion is focused on what has worked thus far and how we can push others toward the tipping point in protein diversification.

12.30–13.30 +4 GMT

Circular agrifood & biomass – Food & materials for a sustainable future

This workshop will present a variety of pathways to a circular agrifood system that has a significant positive climate impact. We pose dilemma’s and demonstrate Dutch innovations and showcases that support our goals to provide healthy, safe and tasty food for 9 billion people within the boundaries of the planet and that can only happen if we work together at the international level. We present innovative agriculture practices but also showcase examples of valorisation and upcycling of residual streams with the agrifood system with applications as food, feed or material.The workshop will be presented by Freek van Eijk, Director of Holland Circular Hotspot agency and Jolijn Zwart-van Kessel, Innovation Lead Circular Agrifood at Foodvalley. The workshop will based on the results the brochure Circular agrifood & biomass: Food & materials for a sustainable future

14.00–15.00 +4 GMT

Cultivating Change for a Food Secure World

An estimated 735 million people around the world are currently facing hunger. Protein diversification serves as an approach approach to meet the growing dietary demands, nourishing people, while producing food in a more sustainable manner.’During this session, speakers will address innovations that can contribute to protein diversification while promoting human and planetary health, the policies that can support progress, and the importance of using a just transition framework to guide stakeholders.

15.30–16.30 +4 GMT

A healthy diet is critical for well-being and development, yet it remains inaccessible to more than 3 billion people worldwide. Addressing this problem will require stakeholders to rethink policies and programs that support access to healthy food, the technologies and innovations that can boost nutrition security, and the investments that are necessary to unlock to drive positive change. Speakers will address the inextricable link between food and health, opportunities to address malnutrition in all its forms, and why a healthy planet is foundational to these efforts.

17.00–18.00 +4 GMT

How diversification of aquatic food consumption can help address the biodiversity crisis

The climate crisis is wreaking havoc on the world’s largest carbon sink and its inhabitants. As fish stocks migrate to escape warming waters, the impact on coastal communities’ economies and billions of people who depend on aquatic foods for protein is profound and worsening. In this conversation, experts discuss how a diversifying approach to aquatic food consumption from boat to throat could help take pressure off of popular species and address biodiversity loss in our oceans, rivers, and lakes. 

18.30–19.30 +4 GMT

Lowering emissions and promoting equitable food distribution through protein diversification

The dual challenges of overconsumption in High Income Countries and hunger in Least Developed Countries lie at the heart of food systems transformation. Global protein diversification could help improve equitable food distribution and nutrition security. Shifting away from a reliance on industrial animal agriculture will lower emissions, improve human health and increase sustainability at the local level. Crucially, a protein diversification approach must be based on equity and inclusion. Efforts must be made to ensure that Global South stakeholders and marginalised communities are involved from the onset.