Parallel Sessions Monday 15 June

Parallel Sessions: AgriFood Clusters


Do you want to contribute to a sustainable food system? Are you wondering which steps you can take to change such a complex system? Do you want to be inspired by small scale initiatives that truly make a difference in the transition? We invite you to participate in a thought-provoking session. Leading scientists, policymakers and internationally operating entrepreneurs unravel the secrets of the Small Wins approach. Participants are challenged to share their own experiences, initiatives and questions. This session will further empower you to take crucial steps towards a sustainable food system.

From a production perspective the Netherlands is one of the successful players in the world food chain. Research shows that the key to success is the ability to cooperate and innovate in a continuous process involving business, policymaking and science. During the session, cases from the agrifood sector in the Netherlands will inspire you. Presented by closely involved stakeholders, you will experience how ups and downs, tensions and small wins are all part of the process towards change. Leading scientists and policy makers will reflect on these transformative changes. You will learn how projects at a relatively small scale can be motivating and inspiring. And taken together, small wins possess the characteristics to contribute to the necessary big change to the food system.

In small hands-on working groups, you will have the opportunity to make use of the key success factors of the small wins approach by applying it to your own challenges and institutional setting. You will learn how to recognize and strengthen small wins in your own situation and use them as building blocks for the big change that is needed to enhance the food system.

Join us and discover your role in celebrating small wins towards big change. We aim to inspire and challenge participants to take action. There is room for 150 active participants, that are willing to share and learn.

Provisionary program

Step 1:  Introduction: common understanding of the problem and the urgency of the small wins approach.

Step 2:  Practice: presentation of successful cases from the agrifood sector in the Netherlands.

Step 3:  Theory: The small wins approach as a theory of change.

Step 4:  Interaction: Meet & greet sessions with the presenters from the case examples and scientists.

Step 5:  Action: workshops in which challenges from the participants will be dealt with using the toolset of the small wins approach.

Step 6:  Harvest: sharing the results and celebrating collaboration.

Parallel Sessions: AgriFood clusters and institutional dynamics

In an ever more connected world, the governance and traceability of the food supply chain requires more and more knowledge and expertise from a variety of fields. Central to today’s theme is the question: How can the collaboration of science, businesses and government fulfil societal demands for today and tomorrow, both for the regional as well as the international market? We will discuss ways in which science in particular can contribute to the discussion and help identify not only problems but also solutions.

A Sustainable Food System for the EU: a social sciences perspective

How can social sciences contribute to a more just and sustainable food system? Insights from social sciences can help analyze various sustainability objectives, yet the AgriFood sector has been slow to adopt them. In this session, we first discuss the most pressing issues in the food system before holding a roundtable discussion on food system governance.

Speakers: P. Monore and Peter Jackson

Regional food transition and innovation networks

How can the governance of food transitions be designed, facilitated and realized in legitimate and flexible ways? In this interactive session, we discuss and share insights from various food transition & innovation networks around the world, and the related governance challenges these initiatives are confronted with and how these governance challenges are addressed. The goal is to generate more insight and innovation capacity and legitimate governance arrangements in pursuing transitions towards a sustainable food system.


  • Representatives of the South-Holland Food Family (Inholland University of Applied Sciences, DRIFT/Erasmus University, Province of South Holland, Netwerk&Co / LINK Consult);
  • Representatives of the innovation network on agri-food value chains in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region;
  • Representatives of the Cooperativa Colonia San Francisco case, Argentina.

Conflict and Agricultural Resilience – Institutions, Processes, and Markets

Conflict is pervasive in many agricultural communities throughout the world, particularly in developing countries where conflict is exacerbated (or sparked) by poor market access, vulnerability to climate change, and weak governance structures. How farmers, agribusinesses, and consumers cope with conflict dynamics will determine if communities fall victim to conflict and fail or if they can survive. During this session, we will discuss what are the effects of conflicts on agricultural communities, and how do they deal with them?


  • E.C. Price (Texas A&M University)
  • J.N. King (Conflict & Development foundation)
  • S. Al-Rubaye (University of Baghdad)
  • T. Schilling (World Coffee Research)

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