The first part of day 2 was dedicated to the role of good agricultural practices in supporting food security for future generations. Feeding 9.6 billion people in 2050 is one of the biggest challenges facing all of humanity today. How can good agricultural practices help secure food supplies today and in the future? Delegates also learned about public and private sector approaches to addressing food security through safe and sustainable agriculture.

We introduced the Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices: The joint initiative launched by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the International Trade Centre (ITC), and GLOBALG.A.P. Helping farmers grow farms for their grandchildren: How can G.A.P. support food security for future generations?

The day continued with parallel sessions on several pressing topics, with keynote speakers and expert panelists, discussing thought provoking ideas and debating controversial concepts.

We closed the day with an exceptional cultural experience at the Conference Dinner.

Download the conference presentations here.

9 a.m.

Plenary/Mezzoon Ballroom

Master of  Ceremonies: Haider Al-Rashed, Managing Partner, Smart Health Networks FZCO, UAE

The Role of Good Agricultural Practices in Supporting Food Security for Future Generations


Keynote address of high-level Government representative and honoring farmers from Abu Dhabi who recently achieved GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.

Mpule K. Kwelagobe, Chief Executive Officer, MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development, USA
Shaikha Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Terrestrial Marine and Biodiversity Sector, Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Public sector solutions for food security and the role of Good Agricultural Practices
Uwe Barg, Fishery Resources Officer (Aquaculture), FAO of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Italy

Private sector solutions for food security – creating the incentive for implementing Good Agricultural Practices. Keynote speeches from:
Hans Juergen Matern, Head of Corporate Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs Food/Non Food, METRO AG, Germany

10:30 a.m.

Mezzoon Ballroom Foyer

Networking Break – Share Your Inspiration!

Enjoy a warm or cold beverage in the networking area and be sure to check out the exhibitors!

11:30 a.m.

Plenary/Mezzoon Ballroom

Introducing the Declaration of Abu Dhabi

GLOBALG.A.P., the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating a new private-public collaboration to support food security for a growing population using safe and sustainable agriculture practices. Hear from the founding partners on their vision and why they initiated this collaboration.  Learn from early signatories about why they are committing to the Declaration of Abu Dhabi and what value it represents in their sector.

Puvan J. Selvanathan, Head, Food & Agriculture, UN Global Compact, US – Video Address:
“The UN Global Compact is fully committed to collaborating with The Declaration of Abu Dhabi.  We want to ensure alignment.  We want to avoid duplication of efforts.  And we want to maximize our collective impact.”

Panel of Signatories moderated by Joseph Wozniak, Manager, International Trade Centre, Switzerland

Peter-Erik Ywema, General Manager, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, The Netherlands
Kristian Moeller, CEO & Secretary, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany
Thad Simons, Board Chair, IFAMA
Jeremy Boxall, Marque Director and Commercial Manager, LEAF, UK
Hans Juergen Matern, Head of Corporate Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs Food/Non Food, METRO AG, Germany
Koen Boone, Managing Director Europe, The Sustainability Consortium
Ann de Craene, Senior Advisor, VBT
Jim Bracken, Sustainability Director, GS1


1:00 p.m.

Mezzoon Ballroom Foyer

Networking Lunch – You’re invited!

We have organized a delicious buffet lunch for all our delegates in the networking area. Stop by our GLOBALG.A.P. booth and learn more about our products and services!

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2:30 p.m.

Mezzoon Ballroom & Session Rooms 1-4

Parallel Sessions

Parallel sessions on several hot topics, with keynote speakers and expert panelists, discussing thought-provoking ideas and debating controversial concepts:

Session 1 - Plenary/Mezzoon Ballroom: Food Safety and Food Security in the MENA: Developments today and in the future

High-ranking representatives from government, industry and agricultural associations offer an overview of the Middle East and North Africa region as a key food import market, highlighting the food safety & sustainability requirements for consumer food products in the region. They will also share insights into developments and projects based on the government’s commitment to the future of agriculture in Abu Dhabi and to ensuring food security for coming generations.

Moderator: Haider Al-Rashed, Managing Partner, Smart Health Networks FZCO, UAE

Peter Ensor, Planning & Studies Section Manager, Abu Dhabi Farmer Service Center ADSFC, UAE
Bashir Hassan Yousif, Food Safety Expert, Food Control Department, Dubai Municipality, UAE
Freda Molamphy, Manager Product Development & Compliance, Spinneys Dubai L.L.C, UAE

Session 2 - IT, Transparency & Market Access

How can supply chains monitor and control responsible sourcing. How can we monitor progress toward sustainability in agriculture? What are the roles of government, technology and science? Many good and well-placed specialized systems with valuable features exist, but there is one challenge: how can we transfer information between the different systems?

Moderator: Hans Schoolderman, Partner Sustainability & Responsible Governance, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), The Netherlands

Science as Foundation for Measuring Sustainability Indicators on Farms, Koen Boone, Director Europe at The Sustainability Consortium, The Netherlands.

Panel Discussion: Panelists point out initial challenges and information requirements as well as showcase their IT solutions.

  • Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt, Director Agriplace, AgriPlace/ P4E, The Netherlands
  • Thomas Lorber, CEO, Intact Consult GmbH, Austria
  • Marion Handel, Quality Department, VOG – Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Growers’ Cooperatives, Italy
  • Spencer Morley, Farmforce Implementation Manager Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Juliah Mnyambo, Group Technical Manager, Kenya Horticultural Exports
  • Jeff Goulding, Business Development Director, Muddy Boots Software Ltd, UK
  • Marjan De Bock-Smit, CEO, Supply Chain Information Management (SIM), The Netherlands

Session 3 - Session Rooms 3&4 : Performance metrics for G.A.P. impacts: the potential for a common global set

Public and private sector experts will share their tools and approaches for performance measurement, explain how metrics are used to evaluate G.A.P. impacts at the farm and landscape level, and explore the opportunities and challenges to defining common metrics across the globe.

Moderator: Peter-Erik Ywema, General Manager, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, The Netherlands

Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, SAFA Manager, Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, FAO, Italy
Larry Jacobs, Co-founder Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo; CEO Great African Food Company; Coordinating Council Member for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops – USA/Tanzania
Lara Koritzke, Director of Development and Communications at ISEAL Alliance, Canada

Session 4 - Session Rooms 1&2: Capacity Building

How can capacity building for farmers be efficient, sustainable and scalable – what works, what doesn’t and how to avoid reinventing the wheel? How can capacity building be more targeted to women in agriculture?

Moderator: Christof Walter, Management consultant, sustainable agriculture, agri-supply chain and agri-investment

Success factors for efficient and effective training programs that have an impact,
Reiko Enomoto
, Training Manager of the Rainforest Alliance, Costa Rica

Competency-based approaches to capacity building from farm to fork – creating efficiency, sustainability and scalability, Julia Bradsher, President and CEO, International Food Protection Training Institute, USA

Training through local partnerships in India – a case study, Keith Jones, Director Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture, Croplife International, Belgium


  • Indiana Mendilaharzu, Quality Consultant, Indiana Mendilaharzu & Asoc., Argentina
  • Britta Huebers, Responsible for the Farm Assurer Capacity Building Project in China, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany
  • Manal Saleh, General Manager, Blue Moon Ltd, Egypt

4:30 p.m.

Mezzoon Ballroom Foyer

End of Conference Day 2

5:00 -5:45 p.m.

Meeting Room 9&10

Declaration of Abu Dhabi News Conference

(By invitation only)

7:30 p.m.

Conference Dinner

You can buy your conference dinner ticket when you register for the conference!
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