Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
The global food value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture

Past Events

Metro Ag Summit

From 28 September 2010 to 30 September 2010 | Rotterdam, The Netherlands

TransForum and Reos Partners are in the final preparations for the upcoming 1st Global Summit on Metropolitan Agriculture. There is still time to register.

The Summit is taking shape. A team of more than 20 diverse stakeholders from the Detroit/Flint area will be on hand to help us explore how the food and agriculture system can provide opportunities for regional renewal by strengthen ing collaboration and fostering economic development.  A team from Johannesburg will share its in-depth work on food security and a team from mega-city São Paulo will bring its work on shortening supply chains and rediscovering the city’s agricultural linkages and connection with the natural environment.

Then, we’ve got Learning Journeys to various locations around Holland, such as:

  • Different farms that offer a variety of services including day-care, labour market reintegration and care for people with addiction or psychiatric problems, learning programmes for children in special primary education and other jointly designed programmes that provide supplementary income and support for farmers.
  • A sustainable housing system for chickens that takes into account the welfare and health of the animals, environmental criteria, harmonization with the landscape, and modern, efficient packaging equipment for the poultry farmer.
  • A retailer who has engaged in long-term partnerships with producers so that the producers are able to invest in sustainable production methods, ensuring a reliable supply of reasonably priced, sustainably produced foods.
  • A horticultural region that is looking at economies of scale in logistical opportunities, energy usage and conservation, and shared transportation of product, resulting in higher revenues and preservation of the characteristic Dutch landscape.
  • A covered farmers’ market that closes the gap between producer and consumer and creates demand for authentic, healthy, fresh, tasty, and sustainably produced food that people are willing to pay for.

You’ll have an option to choose which Learning Journey you want to go on, but regardless of where you go, you will have a dynamic experience.

We’ve also got several guest “provocateurs” and Metropolitan Agriculture “champions” including—

  • Agricultural economist Dr. Decio Zylbersztajn of the PENSA institute at University of São Paulo, Brasil
  • Jan Kees Vis, Global Supply Chain Director Sustainable Agriculture, Unilever
  • Dr. Rudy Rabbinge, Professor in Sustainable Development and Food Security at Wageningen University and Chair of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
  • Dr. Chris Peterson, Nowlin Chair of Consumer Responsive Agriculture at Michigan State University, a  specialist in the development and commercialization of high value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture and natural resource sectors
  • Social innovator Adam Kahane, author of Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities and Power and Love:A Theory and Practice of Social Change.

These speakers will, in a few minutes, challenge our thinking about Metropolitan Agriculture or host us in conversations that will help ground our possibilities in reality.

We’ve got an unusual but highly effective, compelling design for the Summit, and we’ve got participants—all of whom are steeped in these issues and are committed to addressing this complex challenge.

Shouldn’t you be there too?

Join us. The Summit will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 28-30 September, 2010.

To download a brochure, please click here: http://images.reospartners.co.uk/summit/summitbrochure.pdf

To register, click here: http://tinyurl.com/metagsummitregistration

For more information about Metropolitan Agriculture, visit www.metropolitanagriculture.com

Questions—please contact Sander Mager, TransForum or LeAnne Grillo, Reos Partners.

We hope to see you there!