The second day of the IFAMA World Conference was kicked off by a keynote about new paths in food innovation and sustainability. Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Arla Foods, participated together with Jacques De Groot, Head of Quality Assurance at VanDrie Group, and Flemming Besenbacher, Chariman of the Supervisory Board at Carlsberg and Professor at Aarhus University. The keynote speakers focused on the importance of adopting a more sustainable business model that would address the global food challenges. This is important to meet the demands of today’s more critical consumers and to benefit society as a whole.. During the following keynote roundtable, Niels Dijkman, Head Sustainability Corporate Banking at ABN-AMRO, discussed how finance can serve as a framework for the development of a more sustainable agriculture with Stefano Pascucci, Professor in Sustainability and Circular Economy at University of Exeter, UK and Andre Louw, Professor of Agribusiness at University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Another great event of the day was the matchmaking session organized by Enterprise Europe Network, where the participants had the opportunity to extend and strengthen their network in a pre-scheduled one-to-one meeting with another participant from the conference.
In the afternoon, the participants have the opportunity to visit several food and agribusiness centres near Aarhus: Agro Food Park and SEGES, Agro Business Park and Aarhus University’s Research Center at Foulum, Dupont and Danish Technological Institute, and Danish Crown in Horsens. Some chose to participate in the Aarhus Food Walk or to visit Moesgaard Museum.