Kofi Annan keynote speaker AgriVision 2017
25 January 2017
Amersfoort, The Netherlands | 25 January 2017 - Kofi Annan will be the keynote speaker of this year's AgriVision conference, which takes place in The Netherlands from 13 to 15 June 2017. Calling on his vast experience as former Secretary-General of the UN, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, member of The Elders and many other roles, he will address close to 400 leaders in the agrifood industry.
This year's conference will provide a platform to discuss developments in agricultural technology, the pressing global public health issue of antimicrobial resistance and the importance of agricultural development for feeding a growing world population.
Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as member of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.
Since leaving the United Nations, Kofi Annan has continued to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. He has also continued to use his experience to mediate and resolve conflicts.
As chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Kofi Annan has warned that the current food security crisis, with almost one billion people hungry, could turn into a permanent disaster, endangering millions of lives and undermining international cooperation.
A wide variety of speakers from business, science and the public sector will share their perspective on trends and developments that affect the agrifood industry. Confirmed speakers include Anne Villemoes, former VP Communications of Danish Crown and David Rowan, editor of WIRED magazine.
Also, a selection of the most promising agtech start-ups will present themselves during the conference. Adam Anders, managing partner of Anterra Capital, will host this part of programme. Other speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The conference will be moderated by Riz Lateef, journalist, newsreader and deputy news manager at the BBC.
After its inception in 2000, AgriVision has been organised biennially by Nutreco and Trouw Nutrition since 2003 and facilitates an informed discussion at a strategic level on current and future concerns in the protein food chain. AgriVision aspires to shift minds, develop new ideas, build networks and inspire approaches for the benefit of all those involved in the feed-to-food chain. AgriVision 2017 is sponsored by DuPont, Evonik and Lucta. The conference is open for registration via www.agrivision.com.
Nutreco is a global leader in animal nutrition and aqua feed. Nutreco’s advanced feed solutions are at the origin of food for millions of consumers worldwide. Quality, innovation and sustainability are guiding principles, embedded in the Nutreco culture from research and raw material procurement to products and services for livestock farming and aquaculture. Experience across 100 years brings Nutreco a rich heritage of knowledge and expertise for building its future. Nutreco employs approximately 11,000 people in 35 countries with net sales of € 5.7 billion in 2015. Its two global company brands Skretting (aqua feed) and Trouw Nutrition (animal nutrition) have sales in over 90 countries. Nutreco is a wholly owned subsidiary of SHV Holdings N.V., a family-owned multinational with net sales of €18.1 billion in 2015.
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