16 OCTOBER 2019

With great pleasure we’d like to announce World Food Day 2019: the agrifood professionals event in the Netherlands on October 16th. This year’s theme is ‘Circular Food Systems for Food Security’. 

By attending, you will receive the latest insights from international renowned experts, inspiration for new business ideas and opportunities to link with other players in the field. All this to help achieve the UN’s second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2): putting an end to hunger and food insecurity, and providing sustainable and healthy food for everyone.

World Food Day 2019 is the closing event of Dutch Food Week and in the morning program the Netherlands Food Partnership will be launched. The attendees join forces with high-level professionals from government, business, science and civil society across nations, sectors and professions. Together, we have the collective power to end hunger and malnutrition and build a resilient food system for everyone. 

16 October 2019

Circular Food Systems for Food Security

Mauritskazerne, Ede, The Netherlands

English spoken

Registration is free


MORNING PROGRAM:  09.00 – 12.45

The day will be moderated by television and radio presenter Diana Matroos.

Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Minister Schouten will outline the context of the day, present the urgency of SDG2 and the potential of Dutch actors.

SEAN DE CLEENE  Keynote speaker
Head of Food System Initiative and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum

Sean will explain everything about the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Food.

WIEBE DRAIJER  Keynote speaker
CEO of Rabobank

Wiebe will discuss successful Food Systems in practice and the role of the Netherlands.

Plant forward Ghanaian chef

Selassie will help us link abstract ideas about food systems to food as a local, cultural and social experience.


The Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) is a new international collaboration platform. It involves existing organizations and networks bundling and mobilizing their knowledge, expertise and innovation power – to thereby take Dutch commitment to global food security to the next level. What does this partnership have to offer? And how can you contribute? 

Launch Netherlands Food Partnership
Conversation with experts from the private sector, knowledge institutes, government and CSO

    • Carola van Rijnsoever (Ambassador Sustainable Development​, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    • Heleen Bos (Specialist Marketing Organics / Foreign Development Projects, Rijk Zwaan)
    • Carol Gribnau (Program Director Green Society, Hivos) 
    • Jack van der Vorst (General Director Social Sciences Group, Wageningen University and Research)

SeedNL and the Dutch Diamond
The Dutch Diamond Approach as an inspiration for the Netherlands Food Partnership

  • Carola van Rijnsoever (Ambassador Sustainable Development​, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Guido Landheer (Director European, International and Agro-Economic Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)
  • Jaap Mazereeuw (Chairman, Plantum / CEO, Enza Zaden)

Leadership Table
Examples of current and future initiatives that could make use of the NFP 

  • Koen de Heus (CEO, Royal De Heus Animal Nutrition)
  • Margrethe Jonkman (Global Director R&D, Royal Friesland Campina) 
  • Albert Markusse (CEO, Cosun)
  • Henri Hekman (CEO, Agrocares / Dutch Sprouts) 
  • Peter Maes (Director Corporate Marketing, Koppert Biological Systems) 

AFTERNOON PROGRAM: 14.00 – 16.00
Six Circular Sessions 

What is going on around the world in terms of circular economy for food security? During the the Circular Sessions we showcase circular solutions from all around the globe. You can only attend one of the six circular sessions. At registration you get to pick one case of your choice.

Circular Sessions on Circular Food Systems 

  • Food Losses
    Sanne Stroosnijder (WUR), Anne Janssens (The Ketchup Project), Richard Yeboah (MDF)
    One third of the world’s food is lost or wasted before consumption. In a circular food system, natural resources must be effectively used and managed. Therefore, reducing food loss and waste is an important starting point and essential to end hunger and malnutrition. In this session we’ll discuss the extent and causes of food waste and present different circular models.
  • The Land | Session partner: Oxfam Novib 
    Christy van Beek (AgroCares), Bram de Jonge (Oxfam / Seed NL), Michaël Wilde (Eosta)
    To make the transition to a circular food system, we need to retain and restore natural capital and incorporate natural processes into our agricultural methods and practices. In this session we’ll discuss regenerative agriculture and explore how farmers in low- and middle-income countries can make the leap to (circular) regenerative models.
  • Information Technology
    Brigitte Campfen (KPMG), Erwin Sikma (Impact Terra), Alexander Valeton (Yielder)
    Information technology can play an important role in the transition to a more circular food system in low- and middle-income countries and contribute to food security. In this session we’ll discuss different circular IT solutions that can track and optimize resource use and strengthen connections between actors in the food system. We’ll also explore how these efforts can be made fit for purpose for farmers in LMICs.
  • The City
    Eva Gladek (Metabolic), Demetri Pappadopoulos (The Hatchery – investor in farming Southern Africa), Aart van Beukelen (Safi Sana)
    Since 80% of food will be consumed in cities by 2050, cities significantly influence the way food is grown. In this session we’ll discuss how cities can take circular approaches to provide affordable, healthy and sustainable food to its citizens. We will discuss (peri)-urban horticulture, advanced urban production systems, and waste to value solutions that can tackle waste issues and food security at the same time.  
  • The Plate | Session partner: Hivos
    Edie Mukiibi (Slow Food International), Selassie Atadika (African Cuisine), Heleen Bos (Rijk Zwaan), Karel Nierop (Triodos Investment Management)
    Shifting to a more plant-based and diverse diet can be a viable strategy for food to provide healthy and sustainable food for all. In this session we’ll discuss how we can inspire dietary changes, including behavioral changes, through changes in policies and better access to finance and high quality seeds.

  • Trade
    Siemen van Berkum (WUR), Guido Rutten (IDH), Henk Schouten (Good Bite), Peace Quadt (Ferm O Feed)
    Circular agriculture aims to close the resource loops at the lowest possible level.However, with the rise of global value chains our food system has become incredibly complex. In this session we’ll present global agricultural trade and nutrient flows, and also explore the implications of a circular approach and how an international value chain can become (more) circular and provide healthy and sustainable food locally in low- and middle-income countries.


09.00 – 09.30

09:30 – 12.30 | Morning Program
Official opening
Keynote: Sean de Cleene
Keynote: Wiebe Draijer
Launch of the Netherlands Food Partnership
Chef’s table with Selassie Atadika

12.45 – 14.00 | Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 | Circular Sessions
Six parallel sessions on Circular Food Systems

16.15 – 17.00 | Closing ceremony & drinks

About World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated all over the world on 16 October to increase awareness of hunger and malnutrition. 

With this event we set the stage to establish the debate about World Food Day in the Netherlands. An important part of the program will be the launch of the Netherlands Food Partnership, a collaboration in which existing organizations and networks will bundle and mobilize their knowledge, expertise and innovation power – to thereby take Dutch commitment to global food security to the next level. Cooperation will also be sought with international partners.

Dutch Food Week

World Food Day 2019 is the closing event of Dutch Food Week 2019. The event is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with Dutch Food Week and all of its partners.


The program of the circular sessions is made possible by Topsector Tuinbouw en Uitgangsmaterialen, Hivos, Oxfam Novib and Wageningen University and Research.