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10 May Evening

Opening dinner
President of SAI Platform
Opening by initiators representative

11 May Morning

and coffee
Peter-Erik Ywema,
SAI Platform, and Hal Hamilton, Sustainable Food Lab
Opening and introduction of first speaker
Prof. Gunter Pauli, CEO ZERI
  Business cases:
  Don Jansen, Sara Lee
  Keith Kenny, McDonalds
  Sarah Patterson, Fonterra
Keynote 1
Successful cases of sustainable agriculture
Presentation Gunter Pauli - pdf, 13.9 MB
Presentation Don Jansen - ppt, 1.05 MB
Presentation Keith Kenny - ppt, 2.14 MB
Presentation Sarah Patterson-ppt, 0.8MB
Written report - docx, 20 KB
Dr. Lea Borkenhagen, Head of Sustainable Livelihoods Strategy and Development Oxfam
Keynote 2
Sharing risk and value across the value chain: Is it possible to benefit both small farmers and big business?
Presentation - ppt, 3.18 MB
Written report - doc, 36 KB
Networking break
Ajay Vashee, President IFAP
Keynote 3
What does the farmer need to become more sustainable?
Presentation - ppt, 3.75 MB
Written report - doc, 36 KB
Interview of keynote speakers
Who & what can turn it on?

11 May Afternoon

Prof. Adil Najam,
Boston University
Keynote 4
Food production in a changing climate: risks & responsibilities
Presentation - pdf, 8.93 MB
Written report - doc, 40 KB
Break-out sessions
Peter-Erik Ywema,
SAI Platform

Prof. Gunter Pauli,

Barrett Brown,
Dutch Sustainable
Trade Initiative

Ernesto A. Brovelli,
The Coca-Cola Company

Joyce Cacho,
Novus International
1 Climate
Sharing business initiatives & strategies to a stable climate
Brian Lindsay - pptx, 2.37 MB
Christof Walter - ppt, 5.48 MB
Jaap Petraeus - ppt, 680 KB
Stephanie Gable - pptx, 1.04 MB
Bram Prins - ppt, 4.54 MB
Written report - doc, 28 KB

2 Open space for innovation
Out of the box: challenges and solutions
Written report - doc, 45 KB

3 Farmer Capacity Development
Vital Foundations, Leading Insights, and Successful Strategies
David Boselie - ppt, 3.99 MB
Marc Joncheere - pptx, 952 KB
Michiel Kuit - ppt, 691 KB
Written report - docx, 17 KB

4 Soil & land
The undervalued vulnerable soil and the limited space for agriculture
Prem Bindraban - pps, 8.66 MB
Anton Haverkort - ppt, 257 KB
Bernhard Streit - ppt, 1.57 MB
Geertrui Louwagie - ppt, 3.44 MB
Written report - doc, 34 KB

5 Social sustainability
Augmenting Business Strategies
Augustin Bianchini - ppt, 7.29 MB
Koen Boone - ppt, 2.33 MB
Mark Pettigrew - ppt, 560 KB
Written report - doc, 35 KB
Moderator & audience
‘Gold digging’
Cocktail reception

12 May Morning

Peter-Erik Ywema,
SAI Platform, and Hal Hamilton, Sustainable Food Lab
Hayden Montgomery,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Keynote 5
Why is good local & global policy so important for sustainable agriculture?
Presentation - ppt, 216 KB
Written report - doc, 26 KB
Break-out sessions
Emeline Fellus,
SAI Platform

Hal Hamilton,
Sustainable Food Lab

Don Seville,
Sustainable Food Laboratory

Giovanni Malfatti and
Brian Lindsay,
SAI Platform

Jan Kees Vis, Unilever
Jeroen Douglas, Solidaridad
Jean-Pierre Rennaud, Danone

Mireille Perrin, WWF
Kathleen Wood, moderator
6 Water
The challenge to move from technical pilots to actual water management
Sikke Meerman - ppt, 3.70 MB
Richard Perkins - ppt, 5.90 MB
Bharat Sharma - ppt, 5.80 MB
Written report - doc, 29 KB

7 Sustainable Agriculture Metrics
Is a practical global framework for farm metrics feasible? What does it look like?
Presentation - pdf, 2.24 MB
Written report - doc, 34 KB

8 Food security, sustainable development and the role of business
How can value chains simultaneously meet commercial and development goals?
Presentation - pptx, 6.89 MB

9 Buyer & farmer
How does collaboration work in the value-chain?
Presentation - ppt, 468 KB

10 Update from several Round Tables
– Sustainable palm
Responsible soy - ppt, 9.95 MB
Sustainable consumption and production - ppt, 268 KB
Presentation WWF - ppt, 6.06 MB
Written report - doc, 35 KB
Plenary wrap up
‘Gold digging’
Concluding remarks

Programme Explanation

Lunch - 11 May

During lunchtime on May 11th topic tables will be arranged. We are inviting participants of the conference to host topic tables. These tables will allow participants with common interests to gather together and discuss issues which may not have fit within the other sessions. They will provide the space and opportunity for participants and groups to connect, interact and share ideas. As a host of a topic table, you will be given the chance to call attention to a particular issue of your interest.

Break out sessions - 11 May Afternoon

1 Climate

Sharing business initiatives & strategies to a stable climate

Presentations and written report - zip, 13.3 MB


We want to share experiences from multi stakeholder initiatives and individual companies and farmers who address climate challenges and risks. From different perspectives the climate-issue itself and available policy and measures are considered. We open the discussion by inviting an NGO to provide feedback on what has been presented and then move to the participants for further discussion and investigation of potential solutions. We 'd like to end with a shared understanding of opportunities.


  1. Dairy industry global agreement and action; Brian Lindsay (Project manager Livestock SAI Platform)
  2. GACA & cool farm tool: Dr. Christof Walter (Unilever)
  3. Individual company policy: FrieslandCampina's 2020 climatestrategy; Jaap Petraeus (FrieslandCampina)
  4. Feed, a solution to climate impact? Stephanie Gable (NOVUS, Int.)
  5. Farmer about GHG reduction practices at farm; Bram Prins (Global Dairy Farmers)

Session coordinator: Peter-Erik Ywema, SAI Platform

2 Open space for innovation

Out of the box: challenges and solutions

Written report

Open Space for Innovations is an opportunity to imagine agriculture beyond fair trade and organics, to design strategies to offer food security to all beyond GMO, irrigation and engineered food, to secure that biodiversity is at the core and that we work with the resources we have locally available. The concepts outlined will be introduced on the basis of practical cases that have been implemented, generated thousands of rural jobs, created food production and job opportunities in the inner cities and secured social capital. The case studies from around the world offer insights on how the new competitive framework of farming will offer consumers high quality food at low cost, while generating value for the farmers beyond the standards today.

The cases presented will cover carrots from Gotland, Sweden, coffee in Zimbabwe, tomatoes in Brazil, cattle farming in Colombia, mushrooms with the Picuris Pueblo in Colombia, fish farming in Fiji, pineapples from Spain.

Session coordinator: Prof. Gunter Pauli, ZERI

3 Farmer Capacity Development

Vital Foundations, Leading Insights, and Successful Strategies

Presentations - zip, 1.44 MB

To build and reap the benefits from sustainable supply chains requires an integrated approach across the entire chain. The capacity development of farmers is at the heart of any such initiative. The types of capacity development range from good agricultural practices to improved labor and environmental standards to logistical changes that support traceability. The on-the-ground execution of these trainings can be daunting, as the challenges are diverse: Geographical distances between farmers, language and cultural forces, mass illiteracy, transient labor, local regulations, lack of farmer organization, insufficient local capacity to deliver training, poor infrastructure, etc. The question becomes: how to deliver on the promise and potential of sustainably produced agriculture in the face of such obstacles around farmer capacity development?

The objective of this workshop is for participants to engage in deep dialogue with field experts who have guided large-scale farmer capacity development initiatives. The session will be moderated by a global expert in farmer capacity development. Capacity development professionals currently working in the field in different parts of the world will present their general strategies and approaches for designing and delivering effective programs. Participants will then have the opportunity to present their own dilemmas in dialogue with the expert resources.

Herman uit de Bosch, Executive Director, Fair Match Support


  • Dave Boselie, Senior Researcher Sustainable Supply Chain Development, LEI Wageningen UR
  • Marc Joncheere, Manager Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
  • Michiel Kuit, Owner, Kuit Consultancy

Session coordinator: Barrett Brown, IDH

4 Soil & land

The undervalued vulnerable soil and the limited space for agro-ecosystems

Presentations and written report - zip, 9.64 MB


In a world that is desperately searching for new equilibriums in political positioning, financial arrangements, energy provision, and food security, the natural resource base will increasingly play a decisive role. So far, economic analyses have too strongly influenced decisions in policy making and in private undertakings, emphasizing short term objectives, thereby systematically undervaluing the importance of our natural resource base. In economic analyses, production in regions with high land prices are allocated to regions with lower prices with virtually no attention paid to the quality of soils. Current analyses of global development issues including climate change, food production, biodiversity, consider soil and land information very poorly.

The world's production capacity for food and other biological goods and for eco-systems services, however, lies in the Earth's living skin - the soil. To be able to meet these growing needs, the use efficiency of natural resources will have to be boosted drastically. Plants, as primary production of life on earth, root in soils, which supply them with water and nutrients. Moreover, since soils contain many of the elements in global cycles, including carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and water, they play a major role in balancing global processes. It further provides a living environment of worlds largest biodiversity. Phosphorus needs specific attention as its availability is foreseen to be exhausted shortly. We should increasingly base our decisions on "ground truth".

Actions towards a more prominent place for soil in decision making vary in complexity in terms of technical measures and governance of required process. Increasing phosphorus efficiency could be readily achieved by agronomical measures such as precise placing of P fertilizers. Increasing the water use efficiency at the scale of a watershed calls for concerted actions between many stakeholders. Advantages and disadvantages of zero tillage practices vary between agro-climatic conditions, and claimed carbon sequestration potential may be limited, while carbon built up in many years may be easily lost. Scientific support to private enterprises an policy makers remains relevant to prevent disappointments, as some seemingly obvious options for improving resource use may turn out to be cosmetic and even detrimental (such as biofuels) rather than sustainable.


  1. Dr. Prem Bindraban, WUR (15-20 minutes) - Overall role of soils. What are the agricultural issues we face and will face in the near future?
  2. Dr. Anton Haverkort, WUR (10-12 minutes) - The importance of less favourable/marginal soils.
  3. Professor Bernhard Streit, Bern University (10-12 minutes) - Contribution of conservation agriculture to sustainable production systems
  4. Dr. Geertrui Louwagie, JRC (10-12 minutes) - Opportunities and limits of good soil policy (the EU as an example of cases) for sustainable food production
  5. Moderation by Dr. Ernesto Brovelli

Session coordinator: Ernesto A. Brovelli, The Coca-Cola Company

5 Social sustainability

Augmenting Business Strategies

Presentations - zip, 8.70 MB

Economic and environmental sustainability anchor project investments to address the need to balance productivity and consumer demands to improve the performance of agricultural supply chains. However, it is social sustainability that addresses broad integration challenges across cultures and diverse economic environments of global value-chains. Against the backdrop of the financial and commodity crises, there is the opportunity to re-examine the value-added role of social sustainability in corporate project frameworks.

Presentations will provide information about ways to integrate social sustainability through investment in partnering in agriculture value-chains. A preview of GRI’s social sustainability guidelines for the Food Processing sector, which will be released at the end of May, will be provided to tie together the common interest of stakeholders in achieving the goal of intensifying sustainable agriculture to meet rapidly increasing food demand.

Session moderator: Joyce Cacho, Ph.D.; Chief Sustainability Officer, Novus International


  1. Voluntary Certification Initiative, Improved Supply-chain performance and ROI to Farmers in Argentina
    Agustin A. Bianchini
    Leader, Prospective Technology; Aapresid
  2. Measuring social sustainability: Today and in the future
    Koen Boone
    Head, Centre for Economic Information; LEI Wageningen University and Research Center
    Consultant to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  3. Social Returns to Investment in Smallholder Farmers
    Mark Pettigrew

Break out sessions - 12 May Morning

6 Water

The challenge to move from technical pilots to wide adoption of best practices for water management at farm level

Presentations and written report - zip, 14.4 MB


SAI Platform will present a project proposal geared towards wide adoption of best practices for water management at farm level. The proposal aims at drawing from the numerous technical pilot projects (e.g. on drip irrigation) lead by various groups in different places, to try and scale these up on a wider (regional) basis - through a coordinated effort. Thereafter, representatives from WWF and IWMI will reflect about the project, and whether their organizations have a role to play and what that role could be. Finally, participants will be invited to share their views about what has been presented, and how they think such project should be led.


  1. Presentation from Sikke Meerman, Chair, SAI Platform Working Group on Water and Agriculture: “Project proposal for Water Management Best Practices Roll-out”
  2. Presentations and panel discussion with representatives from WWF (Richard Perkins) and IWMI (Bharat R. Sharma)
  3. Open discussion with participants

Session coordinator: Emeline Fellus, SAI Platform

7 Sustainable Agriculture Metrics

Is a practical global framework for farm metrics feasible? What does it look like?

Presentation and written report - zip, 8.28 MB


This session will be organized around a research snapshot of current approaches to sustainable agriculture metrics by leading organizations. What are the emerging best practices? What are the possibilities for harmonization? How are agricultural metrics beginning to be communicated to consumers? What opportunities and risks do these messages and labels imply for producers and brands?

Among the leaders of the session will be Chris Anstey, Gord Kurbis of Pulse Canada, and representatives of The Sustainability Consortium and People4Earth.

Session coordinator: Hal Hamilton, Sustainable Food Lab

8 Food security, sustainable development and the role of business

How can value chains simultaneously meet commercial and development goals?

Presentation - pptx, 6.89 MB


Agriculture is once again being recognized as a critical strategy to meet the millennium development goals of significantly reducing hunger and global poverty. Estimates are that about 75 percent of the one billion people in the world who survive on under USD$1/day live in rural areas and have access to land, but have largely missed the opportunities to improve production through modern agriculture. Engaging small scale producers as suppliers to companies in formal markets to secure supplies is an important opportunity to be part of the solution by improving livelihoods and agriculture practices – but only if it also helps improve local and regional food security. Experience has clearly shown that linking these worlds in ways that meet commercial and development goals are non-trivial -- issues of aggregation, quality control, capacity building, information flow, transparency and traceability, and social co-investment all need to be addressed.

This session will feature a presentation by FAO on current and future food security challenges, a case story from the private sector on integrating small scale producers into their supply program, and a panel discussion including experts from Unilever, Oxfam GB, the International Institute of Environmental and Development, and Catholic Relief Services, on the opportunities and challenges of partnering with the private sector to further development through agricultural investment.


  1. Kostas Stamoulis, FAO, Director, Agricultural Development Economics Division [presentation]
  2. Christof Walter, Unilever, Research Manager Sustainable Agriculture [panel discussion]
  3. Shaun Ferris, Catholic Relief Services, Senior Advisor - Agriculture and Environment [panel discussion]
  4. David Bright, Oxfam Great Britain, Markets & Enterprise development [panel discussion]
  5. Bill Vorley, International Institute of Environment and Development, Sustainable Markets Group [panel discussion]
  6. Ghislain Pelletier, McCain Foods, Corporate Social Responsibility [panel discussion]

Session coordinator: Don Seville, Sustainable Food Lab
Note: Only one formal presentation was given during this session.

9 Buyer & farmer

How does collaboration work in the value-chain?

Presentation - ppt, 468 KB


SAI Platform, SFL and CIAA member companies will invite farmer representatives to discuss two issues:
- How have they organized the supply of a particular crop to the member company?
- How are sustainability aspects being introduced into these supply arrangements?

Speakers will be farmer representative or company representative who will briefly discuss the two questions, followed by a panel discussion.

Farmer and company representatives:
Robin Griffiths from the Shires Grower Group
Mark Pettigrew, PepsiCo
Adrie Vermeulen and Aard Robaard, members of Skylark
Sikke Meerman, Unilever
Jean Paul Lataste, president of Euralis Legumes Group
Christophe Ballouhey, Responsiable agronomique SERETRAM, General Mills

Session coordinator: Giovanni Malfatti, SAI Platform

10 Update from several Round Tables

– Sustainable consumption & production
– Responsible soy
– Sustainable palm

Presentations - zip, 15.3 MB


Since almost a decade the Shakespearian concept of Round Tables has become imaginary or at least should have enormous diameters. Round Tables contain more than some knights, nowadays. Many stakeholders contribute to the deliverables of the Tables, ranging from all parts of the world and the society.

Three important Round Tables have a considerable lifespan of experience now to look back and forward to Achievements, Expectations, Challenges and Needs to make their work as good as it can get. Are the Tables answering societal needs and can the business community create the right settings to deliver? Do we really get sustainable palm oil and responsible soy? How can we speed it up? Will the Table last forever or what is their expiration date? Will the other Round Table influence consumption and make that more sustainable?

WWF is undertaking a review study of its engagement in various multistakeholder sustainability initiatives (MSIs) including several commodity roundtables (e.g. RSPO, BCI, BSI, RTRS and RSB). In short, are MSIs measurably and permanently shifting markets towards improved economic, environmental and social outcomes? Recognising the challenges of measuring the impacts of MSIs on the ground, this review aims to get a better sense of whether and how MSIs and related standards are impacting commodity supply chains and promoting sustainable agriculture, and what can be learned across MSIs for enhanced effectiveness and credibility.

This is the first public presentation of the WWF's research results.

This session will provide you with the most recent information on the Tables and the results of WWFs research.

Moderator: Kathleen Wood

Jan Kees Vis, president of RSPO, Unilever
Jeroen Douglas, president of RTRS, Solidaridad
Jean-Pierre Rennaud, vice-president of RSCP, Danone
Mireille Perrin, WWF