Smart Solutions

For Healthy Diets

16 OCTOBER 2020

On Friday 16 October, the Netherlands Food Partnership organises World Food Day 2020 with an inspiring online event for agri-food professionals which is broadcasted live from the Desmet Studios in Amsterdam. This edition’s theme is ‘Smart Solutions for Healthy Diets’. The Dutch agri-food sector and its international partners aim to increase their collective impact to ensure the accessibility and affordability of healthy diets for all, produced and processed in a sustainable way. A transformation of our food systems and innovative solutions, moving beyond just technical solutions is needed.

With an inspiring, interactive online programme, participants will engage with the latest insights in food systems approaches and smart solutions for healthy diets for all, presented by renowned international experts in the agri-food sector. Participants will help to increase our collective impact towards achieving SDG2.

The online registration form will close this Wednesday at 12:00 pm CEST. If you would still like to register for the event, please contact

World Food Day 2020 Professionals Event:
Smart Solutions for Healthy Diets

DATE: 16 October 2020 | 10.30 – 15.00h
LOCATION: Online event, broadcasted live from Desmet Studio’s in Amsterdam
LANGUAGE: English spoken
REGISTRATION: Free registration, register now

Programme Details

In the plenary morning programme,​ key speakers​ will set the tone for the day: they will provide insight on our progress on SDG2 and the Dutch ambitions towards this goal. The afternoon programme provides five Smart Solution Sessions: participants can take an action oriented deep dive in their favourite smart solution. To conclude the Professionals Event, all participants are invited to join the Netherlands Food Partnership in a ​plenary dialogue​ on the preparations and contributions in the run-up to the ​2021 UN Food Systems Summit​.


World Food Day is organised by the Netherlands Food Partnership in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The programme is developed with the support and cooperation of our programme partners:


Morning programme: 10.30 – 12.30h

With contributions of, amongst others:


Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Opening of the Professionals Event.


Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kitty van der Heijden will present the progress and ambitions on SDG2 from a Dutch perspective, putting on the table what we need to do to accelerate our progress on SDG2.

Simon Groot

Founder and Honorary Chairman of East-West Seed, 2019 World Food Prize laureate

Simon Groot will be interviewed on how a Dutch vegetable seedsman won the World Food Prize, and how better vegetable seeds, training and market development can fight poverty and reduce hunger and malnutrition in the tropics.


Member of the Board of Directors of Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and General Director of the Social Sciences Group

Jack van der Vorst will elaborate on the added value and challenges of the food systems approach in achieving SDG2 and how the Netherlands is contributing to increase the impact of this approach on SDG2.


Executive Director Netherlands Food Partnership

Myrtille Danse will discuss how boosting transformative approaches for sustainable food systems and healthy diets in Low and Middle Income Countries will create opportunities for scaling and more impact on SDG2.



Hadassah de Boer is the moderator of the day.

Carol Gribnau
Carol Gribnau

Program Director Green Society at Hivos

Carol Gribnau will illustrate how the involvement of smallholders and marginalised groups in decision making processes, and in collaboration with local government lead to inclusive, more sustainable food systems. 

Jackline Owili

Student at United Community of African Students (UCAS), Wageningen University & Research | Representative World Food Day Youth Event

Jackline Owili will provide the viewpoint of youth and the need to ensure equal opportunities for both (young) men and women in promoting sustainable development. 

Suzanne van Tilburg

Global Head Food & Agri Networks Rabobank

Suzanne van Tilburg brings in the financial and business perspective on global challenges related to food systems.

ikenna azuike

TV presenter of What’s Up Africa (BBC) and The Post-Racist Planet (VPRO)

Ikenna Azuike will ensure we are all up to date on the urgency of SDG2 and the need for smart solutions for healthy diets.

bram wits

Agricultural Counsellor for West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire) at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Bram Wits will elaborate on bringing policy to practice from his a as agricultural counsellor calling in live from Ghana.

Eva koffeman

Youth representative biodiversity and food for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Eva Koffeman will highlight the importance of the connection between youth and policy in reaching SDG2.

Networking Break: 12.30 – 13.00h

Use the small break to connect with other professionals with the World Food Day networking app. Soon available for download by all registered participants.

Smart Solution Sessions:
13.00 – 14.00h

In the Smart Solution Sessions participants will take a 60-minute action oriented deep dive into one of the five smart solutions they would like to learn more about. Together with other professionals working on SDG2 they will discuss different aspects of the solution; how to work with different stakeholders to overcome challenges and how to scale it for the desired and necessary impact.


With Hivos

Join Hivos in a session that opens the dialogue around inclusive food system governance interventions. They will show how successful examples from the Hivos Food Change Labs provide smart solutions for healthy diets.

The Hivos ​Food Change Labs are multi-actor social innovation processes that use a systems approach to address pressing issues in a local food system. The labs successfully transformed local food systems in Uganda and Zambia. For example by building coalitions of change, testing ideas and interventions on the ground, and translating these to (inter)national advocacy efforts. Listen to the inspiring first hand experiences of the local partners in Uganda and Zambia. In addition, Wageningen University & Research and KIT Royal Tropical Institute ​will share their experiences in the use of their ​Food Systems Analysis Tool​. ​Co​me and listen to these inspiring stories and share your own!


with Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Join Wageningen University & Research in this session to discuss using a food systems approach as a smart solution for healthy diets in view of system shocks such as COVID.

In this session the WUR aims to discuss the usefulness of a food systems approach in unveiling dominant structures and mechanisms which sustain structural inequalities and thereby hamper healthy diets for all. For example the marginalized position of informal workers, mostly women and youth, in the food economy. They will also share and discuss key insights from ​rapid country assessments on the impact of COVID-19 on the food systems in four Low- and Middle Income Countries. Together with participants they will explore ways to ensure local ownership in conducting such assessments. Join this session to share your insights and to ensure these assessments translate into structural impact in an inclusive way.


with Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials

Join Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials in this session to learn which smart solutions the Dutch Horticulture sector has for healthy diets. They will present examples from the perspective of scaling, innovative partnerships and inclusiveness.

Many Dutch companies have a long history of doing business, investing and multi stakeholder collaboration in Low and Middle Income Countries. These businesses do contribute to achieving SDG2. Join this session for the private sector perspective! ​What are the dilemma’s and big challenges in the next ten years? And what joint actions are urgently needed to address these challenges? Together with partners including Topsector Horticulture & Starting Materials and RijkZwaan we invite you to actively contribute in this session and seek opportunities for joint action.


with Yoba4Life, SNV Uganda and the Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP)

Join Yoba4Life, SNV Uganda and the Netherlands Food Partnership in a discussion on the role of dairy as a smart solution in the development of healthy diets. How can dairy contribute to nutritious and healthy diets?

While in Europe consumption patterns show an increase in vegetal proteins, in Africa and Asia the consumption of eggs, meat and dairy is far below what is recommended. Promoting dairy in a healthy diet is part of the recently developed action agenda on dairy development in emerging economies, supported by the NFP. This session zooms in on how dairy can contribute to affordable and nutritious diets. So, how do dairy actors make sure that vulnerable groups are benefitting from healthy diets? How is school milk and school yoghurt benefitting children in Uganda? How will probiotic yoghurt reach the East African consumer? What is the business case of Mabisi, traditional fermented dairy in Zambia? A panel with Fredrick Kizito (TIDE SNV Uganda), Nieke Westrik (Yoba4Life) and Yvonne Mtumbi (APF Zambia) will discuss these important questions. You are invited to attend the session and to put your questions and comments to the panel.

SESSION 5: Design, Horticulture and the Challenges of Urbanisation

with Design Academy Eindhoven

Join the Design Academy in a session where they want to discuss the potential added value(s) designers could bring to the (dinner) table that stretch beyond the design of its chairs or silver ware. We will explore the useful conceptual and strategic support design could offer in light of our shared SDGs. More to be announced soon!

Kicking off Food Systems Dialogue: 14.10 – 15.00h

To conclude this Professionals Event, all participants are invited to join the Netherlands Food Partnership in a ​plenary dialogue​ on the preparations and contributions in the run-up to the ​2021 UN Food Systems Summit (FSS)​. The Netherlands Food Partnership and its Food Security Policy Coalition facilitate a dialogue with Dutch Diamond Stakeholders to gather input on the international preparation process and contribute to a well-informed Dutch position. This session is meant as a kick-off for this process that will have several follow-up actions into 2021. During this dialogue on World Food Day, we will talk to leading experts and the Dutch government about what to expect and what is at stake. Participants will get the opportunity to share how they would like to get involved in the dialogue and which questions and proposals they would like to bring up regarding the content and the preparation process towards the FSS.

Time Schedule Overview

10.00 – 10.30
Log-in all participants

10.30 – 12.30
Broadcasting live from the studio
Engage with several key speakers
Contribute to a round table discussions with contributions from: Private sector, government, civil society and knowledge institutes.

12.30 – 13.00
Networking Break

13.00 – 14.00
The Smart Solution Sessions

14.10 – 15.00
Plenary dialogue ​Kicking off Food Systems Dialogue ​
Closing of World Food Day Professionals Event


Have a look at the aftermovie of 2019’s World Food Day professionals event: Circular Food Systems for Food Security. Even though this year’s event is broadcasted online and we can’t all meet face to face, we are looking forward to an exciting programme and your participation.


There is an urgent need for a global, rapid response and to accelerate and increase (our) collective efforts in achieving SDG2: end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The worldwide and unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, causing a global health and economic crisis, on top of already existing emergencies, sharply put into focus the vulnerability of our food systems.

The joint efforts to achieve the objectives under SDG2 by 2030 are impressive, but not enough. Looking at the roadmap towards the 2030 Agenda, the world is off track in meeting the global goals. It is important to come together and propose smart solutions and innovative actions, and to discuss challenges to strengthen the efforts and collectively achieve more impact. Furthermore, a concerted and integrated approach is required to address the interlinkages of SDG2 with other goals.

The Netherlands has a lot of knowledge and expertise to apply and share, especially when it comes to using a food systems approach and the Dutch Diamond approach, in which actors from government, business, knowledge institutions and civil society collaborate together. The Netherlands is also a partner in many international networks. Therefore, it has a lot to offer and can make a significant contribution towards achieving SDG2. World Food Day provides an inspiring environment for exchange between agri-food professionals on progress towards achieving SDG2: What are the smart solutions, how do we overcome bottlenecks and challenges and how can (new) coalitions be initiated and strengthened?

About World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October in over 150 countries to create awareness and action for SDG2: ​end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

FAO’s 75th anniversary coincides with the 75th anniversary of the UN and the beginning of the Decade of Action to Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. These initiatives are all taking place under exceptional circumstances, as countries are dealing with the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite severe disruptions, it is vital that the international community uses this opportunity to call for action and to look closely at the future we need to build together.

Maintaining access to safe and nutritious food is and will be an essential part of the response to COVID-19, particularly for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, who are being hit hardest by the pandemic and related economic shocks. World Food Day is calling for global solidarity to help the most vulnerable to recover from the crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver affordable and healthy diets for everyone, and decent livelihoods for food system workers. For more information visit the FAO website.

With the World Food Day Professionals Event, the Netherlands Food Partnership contributes to these efforts, bringing stakeholders together to address and discuss the challenges in food systems. The Dutch agri-food sector and their partners will have the opportunity to exchange progress made on SDG2, and learn from each other ́s solutions and challenges. The online event will offer a space to initiate collective actions and start new collaborations to increase the necessary impact towards 2030.

World Food Day is organised by the Netherlands Food Partnership in close collaboration with the Ministries of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.