Crisis-proof nutrition through sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture – the private sector as actor

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture Berlin (GFFA Berlin) e.V.

Time: Thursday, 19. January 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Room: M1

Languages: English, German


How can we safeguard healthy diets whilst respecting planetary boundaries? The global agri-food systems are facing major challenges: They need to produce more and better food, be more effective and efficient, and produce more sustainably and, first and foremost, in a more climate-resilient manner.
The expert panel sheds light on the requirements for agri-food systems in order to be able to achieve crisis-proof nutrition and the SDG 1 and 2. It sets out the diverse and conflicting aspects ranging from the need for food security to the importance of local engagement by local and global private sector actors and the producers themselves in order to advance the sustainable transformation of agri-food systems.

The expert panel addresses issues such as: What are the levers for transformation? What role do businesses and social entrepreneurs play in the transformation of food systems? What are the good practices from the private sector that arise from sustainable and climate-resilient approaches that are scalable and sustainable and can be locally funded and implemented? What institutional reforms are required to drive transformation, e.g. by changes in the policy environment for investment or by improving the funding opportunities for businesses and start-ups?

Keynote Speaker

Dr Lawrence Haddad is GAIN’s Executive Director since 2016. From September 2020 and up to the United Nations Food Systems Summit that took place on 23 September 2021, Lawrence chaired Action Track 1: Ensuring Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All. Lawrence is also the co-convener of the Standing Together for Nutrition. Prior to GAIN, Lawrence was lead author of the Global Nutrition Report, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at IFPRI.
He is the winner of the 2018 World Food Prize together with David Nabarro. Click here for more.


Panel Guests

Alem is the founder and managing director of Nutridense food processing company. She has completed her first degree in Chemistry at Addis Ababa University and has been working in an International research company. Later on she left to Germany for further study on food processing and nutrition and she accomplished her study on Food Engineering. She has been working as a Nutrition Advisor for different nutrition programs locally and internationally.
To tackle the malnutrition in country Ethiopia, she believes that reduction of malnutrition starts at the root cause of malnutrition which start growing nutritious crops cooperating with small holders farmers providing nutritious improved crops to grow, introducing simple farming tools, and at the same time create a market linkage to the crop produced by small holders to sell directly to food manufacturing industry.


Frank Terhorst serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and as Head of Strategy & Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in Monheim, Germany, he leads efforts to drive the division’s long-term business and sustainability strategies that benefit farmers, consumers, and the planet.
Terhorst has worked at Bayer for over 25 years in the agriculture industry, bringing deep experience in crop strategy, crop protection, seeds and traits, strategic business initiatives, business modeling, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and lifecycle crop management. After beginning his career in crop protection in Germany, Terhorst held various positions in global portfolio management, marketing and controlling, as well as Managing Director/Country Head roles in the Netherlands and Italy. In 2011, he served as Head of Strategy for Fruits and Vegetables and Insecticides in Germany before becoming Global Head of Seeds. In addition to his responsibilities leading Seeds, Terhorst was most recently responsible for Pre-Merger Planning, which paved the way for Bayer’s successful acquisition of Monsanto.
Terhorst is married and has one son. He enjoys running, diving, golf and traveling. Terhorst speaks five languages: German, English, Italian, Dutch and Spanish


Mrs Ruramiso Mashumba represents young farmers at national level, continental level and international level. She is a well sort out adviser and speaker for organizations like the United Nations – FAO, African development bank and for stakeholders like crop life international. She is the first woman to become chairperson of the Zimbabwe Farmers Union youth wing. Ruramiso primary role at the Union is to advocate and lobby for youth and women participation in agriculture. Ruramiso has 10 years’ experience farming in rural Zimbabwe. She has a 100 ha plantation of eucalyptus trees to address the challenges of deforestation in her community. Ruramiso is the founder of Mnandi Africa an organization that seeks to reduce hunger and poverty in rural livelihoods using tools of sustainable agriculture. Upon completing a degree in Agriculture Business Management in 2008 Ruramiso worked for one of United Kingdom’s leading agriculture companies. In 2016, Ruramiso was selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which is a flagship program of Barak Obamas Young African Leaders Initiative. Ruramiso was selected to be a panelist at the World Food Prize in Iowa and gave her input on the Importance of nutrition in Africa. In 2021 Ruramiso was named one of Zimbabwe’s most influential people below the age of 40. She has a number of videos available online featuring her recommendations in food and agriculture on global stages.


The CV will be available at a later date


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