Goes digital

IFAMA2020-Rotterdam goes Digital

IFAMA’s 30th World Conference: Food for the Future – initially planned for June 15-18, 2020 in Rotterdam, was cancelled. Instead, the organizing partners have decided to develop something even better – an ongoing digital program in which you can participate and follow on demand on https://www.foodlog.nl/ifama/.

Sure, this is a very post-corona response. The global lockdown has triggered many new ways people can get information online and stay connected.

But, we have decided to explore a NEW type of worldwide conversation. Our ambition is to make it last.

The pandemic is creating catastrophic challenges for the entire global food supply chain. We have only begun to see the extent of human vulnerabilities as governments must put large parts of their economies on hold. The pandemic is accelerating the urgency to construct a more resilient food system. As governments pour trillions of dollars —almost post WWII— ‘Keynesian’ style money into the economy, it requires intelligent input from all stakeholders. An articulated plan is sorely needed to create trust, add value, and manage the ongoing risks, losses, and cracks in the food system. It cannot be solely defined from the top down, as it is highly dependent on complex, interconnected networks.

Interview with Ray Goldberg, founder of IFAMA

So far we have started discussions on these topics:

  • IFAMA goes Digital. About the impact of COVD-19 on the global food system
  • Digital Food. About digitisation and digitalisation of the food system.
  • Dutch Agri. About the history of Dutch Agriculture

Panel discussion with Mary Shelman, Aidan Conolly, Tiffany Tsui and Dick Veerman

What’s coming up:

  • Health
  • Trade and logistics
  • World of Horticulture
  • World Dairy
  • Many more…

How can you contribute to the lasting discussion?

  • Comment on the video’s or articles on foodlog.nl/ifama
  • Write an article for foodlog.nl/ifama
  • Invite colleagues to react on your post of article
  • Share articles and video’s on LinkedIn or Twitter

If you have questions, idea’s or suggestions about how to contribute, please mail to ifama@foodlog.nl.

Sponsors: City of Rotterdam, province of Zuid-Holland, Leiden Delft Erasmus Alliance of Universities, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Wageningen University, and Foodlog.

Foodlog is a leading Dutch news and discussion platform on food economy. It has over 15 years of experience instigating and moderating discussions about bigger and smaller challenges in food and agriculture.