UC Berkeley and Solidaridad to jointly host workshop on agrifood innovations

On 18 and 19 April 2018, the College of Natural Resources, at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Solidaridad North America, will hold its third annual training workshop on “Innovation in Agrifood Supply Chains: People-Planet-Profitability.” The programme will examine innovation in the agrifood sector from business, social and environmental perspectives.

For more information on the programme, registrations and early bird discounts, visit the programme website.

Oil palm fresh fruit bunches getting ready to be transported (Image Courtesy – Henkel)

The global food and beverage industry is facing some of the most pressing global challenges of modern times including water scarcity, resource depletion, food insecurity and climate change. Companies face risks in securing quality inputs for their business, even as they need to adapt to rapidly changing market preferences. Growing attention, by consumers and investors, to food safety, transparency and sustainability is adding a new dynamic to the industry. Employing millions of people globally, the agrifood sector is also addressing challenges such as poor labour practices and human rights issues.

Creating a more sustainable food production and consumption system will require holistic solutions that encompass the entire supply chain. Innovation is key to unleashing the transformative potential of supply chains, to increase profitability, sustainability and social well being. These innovations can range from developing new technologies and processes, to producing new goods and services, to discovering radically new business models.

Cupping coffee bean samples

UC Berkeley, together with Solidaridad, has designed a two-day workshop that will bring together business leaders, practitioners, researchers and innovators to present the best of theory and practice in supply chain innovation and sustainability. The sessions will offer concepts, strategies and practical case studies. The agenda also includes hands-on case working sessions to facilitate shared problem-solving and consolidation of concepts covered in the programme. A certificate of completion from the University of California, Berkeley, will also be provided at the end of the programme.

This training is targeted at emerging and senior leaders, scholars, policymakers and professionals associated with the agrifood industry. Members of the non-profit and public sectors who are engaged in the sector will also greatly benefit from the programme.

The programme will be led by Dr David Zilberman, professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley and Dr Tom Reardon, professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Executive Director of Solidaridad Network, Nico Roozen, and Dr Julia Christensen Hughes from the University of Guelph have been confirmed as speakers. A stellar international lineup from industry, academia, civil society, and government, including companies such as Costco, Bunge, Mars and Netafim have been invited. Stay tuned for more updates!

The programme is being organized by the International and Executive Programs at the College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley and Solidaridad North America. It is part of the Global Food Summit in Germany and is supported by the University of Guelph, Canada.

For more information on the programme, registrations and early bird discounts, view the programme website

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