034 Agripreneurship Policy and the Future of Agriculture

A roadmap to position agricultural innovation as a national agenda, as well as, facilitating the education of the public on how innovation and technoogyl


  • Industry Disruptors – Game Changers
  • Nuffield International
  • Private Sector Mechanism


The Agripreneurship Policy & the Future of Agriculture Session aims to further promote collaboration and give birth to ideas, initiatives and proposals elaborating on a shared paradigm and formulating the principles for a common agrifood innovation ecosystem identity. Specific topics addressed will revolve around how to better transfer knowledge and best practices across communities, countries, and continents, including, how to better educate the public on challenges and new solutions in the global food system. The section will also explore and assess the impact of existing models and practices of agrifood innovation and knowledge transfer as a national agenda.

Key speakers/presenters


  • Cathrine Stephenson, Ministerial Counsellor (Agriculture), Deputy Permanent Representative to the FAO and Australian delegation to the OECD
  • Kelvin Meadows, Chairman, Nuffield International Farming Scholars Board
  • David Davies, founder of AgUnity
  • Martin Maerkl, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Bayer AG, Division CropScience
  • Brigitte Laliberte, Cocoa of Excellence Programme (CoEx) and International Cocoa Awards, Bioversity International
  • Geoff Dooley, Founder, XLVets Ireland
  • Thato Moagi, Director, LeGae La Banareng Farms
  • Riccardo Mazzucchelli, Social Innovation Team Roma
  • Barbara Bray, Food Safety and Nutrition consultant

Main themes/issues discussed

The Agripreneurship Policy & the Future of Agriculture side event aimed to promote collaboration between diverse stakeholders, create results-oriented regulations that will increase multi-stakeholder trust within the food supply chain, and advance technology and innovation. This side event brought together an incredible diverse group of speakers who discussed the importance of intra- and inter-sector trust in creating an enabling environment for agripreneurship. Specific topics addressed will included how to better transfer knowledge and best practices across communities, countries, and continents; how to better educate the public on challenges and new solutions in the global food system; and practice examples of effectively building trust, an essential foundation for innovation, investment, and implementation.

Summary of key points

Celebrating programmes and initiatives that support agricultural entrepreneurship and empower agripreneurs to enact change is essential if we want to inspire other agripreneurs.

Ag entrepreneurs need a roadmap for outcome-oriented policies that foster innovation within agriculture.

Agriculture and agricultural innovation must be considered as national agenda items if we wish to see real legal progress in these areas.

Good communication and knowledge management platforms, as well as policies that best facilitate them, are key for agripreneurs.

Trust is a prerequisite for impactful agripreneurship. 

Key take away messages

Defined as “the state of being responsible for someone or something; a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something,” trust is fundamental to fostering agripreneurship and to supporting a sustainable food system overall.

There are many points at which trust can break down. One challenging one is between players in the same sector, especially when they perceive themselves as competitors. It is important to commit to pre-competitive partnerships that advance the SDGs and create symbioses rather than conflict.

It takes an incredible amount of time and energy to build trust between a food producer and a consumer, and only a single negative experience – or even perception of a negative experience – to destroy that trust. Food producers need to build trust into their business plans as a strategic move. Meanwhile, consumers must ensure that they make purchasing and consumption choices based on reliable facts, not on destabilizing marketing tactics or hearsay.

A final point at which trust is highly susceptible to breaking down is between actors on the ground and policymakers. The best way to create a continuum of trust in this regard is to ensure that any member of the food value chain is welcome and engaged in all food policymaking environments.

The goal of today’s discussion is to walk away with concrete ideas on how to create trust between sectors to advance agripreneurship and accelerate policies that support technology and innovation.

CFS - Side Event 034: Agripreneurship Policy and the Future of Agriculture