Join the Financal Times breakfast briefing to explore how diverse stakeholders can work together to help mobilise a shift towards climate-smart agricultural practice.

The Financial Times, in partnership with Bayer, is delighted to facilitate this breakfast briefing for influential figures from the food and agriculture ecosystem keen to work together to find a way to improve yields and farmers’ outcomes so that they can feed more people a nutritious diet in an environmentally sustainable way.


Against the backdrop of an intensifying climate crisis, the challenge of feeding a growing population nutritious food without exhausting the planet’s resources is a big one. Innovation, digital technologies, smarter working practices and bold, joined-up approaches will underpin the move towards a more sustainable agri-food ecosystem. How can agri-businesses, NGOs focussed on sustainability and other key players in the agricultural sector work more smartly and work more closely together to develop a realistic approach to solving some of the biggest challenges of sustainable food production?

The breakfast briefing is structured to encourage dynamic on-stage discussion and meaningful off-stage conversation and the exchange of ideas with stakeholders and value chain partners from across the agriculture and food production ecosystem. The audience will include senior level representation from government and academia, sustainability NGOs, digital transformation practitioners and thinkers, food and agri-business start- ups, and investors.

Please note that registration for this event is required. Please register here.




Registration and breakfast



Opening Remarks from FT chair

John Gapper, Associate Editor, Financial Times


Opening Keynote & Interview: Big Challenges Require Bolder Approaches

Liam Condon, Member of Board of Management, Bayer AG, and President, Crop Science Division 

Presentation followed by an interview with John Gapper, Associate Editor, Financial Times


Panel Discussion: Smarter agriculture

Henk Westhoek, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Department of Water, Agriculture and Food

Dhanush Dinesh, Global Policy Engagement Manager, CCAFS

Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt, Founder, the Fork

Joost Oorthuizen, CEO, IDH (The Sustainable Trade Initiative) & board member, the &GreenFund

Moderated by John Gapper, Associate Editor, Financial Times


Circular dialogues



Closing keynote address & Interview: The Collaborator

Practical insights into taking a collaborative approach to solving the big challenges of sustainable food production 

Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars



Networking tea & coffee


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