Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems Summit Europe 2024

Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems Summit

Unifying the food industry to accelerate regenerative agriculture practices through partnership and harmonisation

Register Interest for 2024
Amsterdam
3-5 September, 2024

"Together we can help move the needle and this kind of event helps build the connections that lead to actual transformation on the ground". Nestlé

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US IN 2023

What a pleasure it was to be in person with 450 leaders at this year's Summit! A three-day event filled with insights, critical thinking, optimism, and vital discussions needed to transform our food system.

Key themes and takeaways addressed over the three days included:

  • Collaboration, trust, openness, and consistency are crucial. Working together is the cornerstone of progress in the journey towards sustainability and critical for scale.
  • Actively listening to the needs and concerns of farmers is vital to build solutions that not only address their challenges but also share in the risks and rewards of a more regenerative future.
  • The time is now! Perfection isn’t needed to start working and drive change. We must implement at scale and continue to make progress towards strengthening the resilience of farming communities worldwide.

Thank you to all our speakers, partners, and attendees for making this year's Summit such an educational, thought-provoking, and industry-shaping few days!

We look forward to welcoming you back next year with even greater representation from farmers and farming organizations,
academics, policymakers, and more!

2023 SERIES ADVISORY BOARD

Our Advisory Board helps steer the direction of the Series and its content to ensure we stay close to our mission throughout.

Our members bring an objective and collaborative approach to their roles and aid in the creation of a platform that is industry-driven and provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to share, network, and leave committed, and ready to make real progress.

Author:

Jennifer Simpson

Sustainability Lead CSST
Cargill

Jennifer Simpson

Sustainability Lead CSST
Cargill

Author:

Megan Rock

Chief Sustainability Officer
CHS

Megan Rock is vice president of sustainability and innovation at CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and an agronomy, global energy, grains and food company.

In 2022, Rock joined CHS as the company’s first VP of sustainability and innovation. Prior to CHS, she served as VP of corporate responsibility and sustainability and global lead of sustainability solutions at Bunge, Inc., and held sustainability and environmental management positions in government and banking.

In her new role, Rock will lead CHS efforts to develop and execute sustainability and innovation strategies across its $48 billion enterprise.

Rock holds a bachelor of science degree in soil, environmental and atmospheric science from the University of Missouri and a graduate certificate in advanced studies in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver. 

Rock has served on the board of directors for Field to Market and Ag Future of America. In 2015, she received the Changemaker of Tomorrow award from Keep Akron (Ohio) Beautiful, and she is a member of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class of 2020. She lives in St. Louis with her three children and two French bulldogs.

Megan Rock

Chief Sustainability Officer
CHS

Megan Rock is vice president of sustainability and innovation at CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and an agronomy, global energy, grains and food company.

In 2022, Rock joined CHS as the company’s first VP of sustainability and innovation. Prior to CHS, she served as VP of corporate responsibility and sustainability and global lead of sustainability solutions at Bunge, Inc., and held sustainability and environmental management positions in government and banking.

In her new role, Rock will lead CHS efforts to develop and execute sustainability and innovation strategies across its $48 billion enterprise.

Rock holds a bachelor of science degree in soil, environmental and atmospheric science from the University of Missouri and a graduate certificate in advanced studies in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver. 

Rock has served on the board of directors for Field to Market and Ag Future of America. In 2015, she received the Changemaker of Tomorrow award from Keep Akron (Ohio) Beautiful, and she is a member of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class of 2020. She lives in St. Louis with her three children and two French bulldogs.

Author:

Øistein Thorsen

CEO
FAI Farms

Øistein Thorsen

CEO
FAI Farms

Author:

Martina Henry

Director, Agriculture Sustainability
Kraft Heinz

Martina Henry

Director, Agriculture Sustainability
Kraft Heinz

Author:

Jess Newman

Senior Director of Agriculture and Sustainability
McCain Foods

Jess Newman is the Senior Director of Agriculture & Sustainability at McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and appetizers. Her team of agronomists and field representatives are responsible for all the vegetable crops purchased directly from farmers. They also implement McCain’s 2025 sustainability goals related to agriculture: 100% of farmers implementing regenerative practices, 25% reduction in farming CO2 emissions intensity, 15% improvement in irrigation water use efficiency in water-stressed regions, and the launch of three Farms of the Future.

Jess works remotely from her home state of Michigan and travels frequently to support her team (when covid allows).

Jess is passionate about sustainability in agricultural supply chains. Her philosophy is to meet farmers where they are and help them move along the sustainability spectrum – while creating profitability too! Talking to farmers is what energizes her. Shas worked at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Ecologic Institute, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Booz & Company, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and Anheuser-Busch. She holds a B.A. from Harvard, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (with Sustainability Certificate). She loves baking bread, sci-fi/fantasy, and cats.

Jess Newman

Senior Director of Agriculture and Sustainability
McCain Foods

Jess Newman is the Senior Director of Agriculture & Sustainability at McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and appetizers. Her team of agronomists and field representatives are responsible for all the vegetable crops purchased directly from farmers. They also implement McCain’s 2025 sustainability goals related to agriculture: 100% of farmers implementing regenerative practices, 25% reduction in farming CO2 emissions intensity, 15% improvement in irrigation water use efficiency in water-stressed regions, and the launch of three Farms of the Future.

Jess works remotely from her home state of Michigan and travels frequently to support her team (when covid allows).

Jess is passionate about sustainability in agricultural supply chains. Her philosophy is to meet farmers where they are and help them move along the sustainability spectrum – while creating profitability too! Talking to farmers is what energizes her. Shas worked at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Ecologic Institute, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Booz & Company, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and Anheuser-Busch. She holds a B.A. from Harvard, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (with Sustainability Certificate). She loves baking bread, sci-fi/fantasy, and cats.

Author:

Pascal Chapot

Corporate Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development
Nestlé

Pascal Chapot

Corporate Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development
Nestlé

Author:

Felipe Villela

Founder & Chief Impact Officer
ReNature

Felipe Villela

Founder & Chief Impact Officer
ReNature

Author:

Dionys Forster

Director General
SAI Platform

Dionys Forster

Director General
SAI Platform

Author:

Alex Godfrey

Joint Head of Natural Capital
Savills

Alex Godfrey

Joint Head of Natural Capital
Savills

Author:

Lesley Mitchell

Director of Policy
Sustainable Food Trust

Lesley Mitchell

Director of Policy
Sustainable Food Trust

RAFSS 2023 Europe

FARMER INITIATIVES

Farmer Budget

We understand that farmers face additional barriers that prevent them from attending events such as ours. So, we've allocated a budget specifically for farmers to support with covering travel and accommodation costs.

If you are a farmer and are interested in attending our event, please reach out to us for more information at [email protected]

Sponsor a Farmer

Attendees have the option of contributing €50 during their registration as part of our Sponsor a Farmer Initiative. All funds will be allocated to our Farmer Budget and go towards covering farmer costs. 

VIRTUAL FARMER'S WORKSHOP

Focused on sharing the farmer's perspective, join leading regenerative farmers from across Europe in partnership with The Regenerative Agroforestry Podcast as they discussed experiences, challenges, and learnings they faced when scaling regenerative practices.

Discussion points included:

  • As a farmer what challenges and hesitancies have you faced during your transition? What solutions are corporates looking to implement, in response to these challenges?
  • For those who aren’t farmers, how can you best support farmers with these challenges and ensure you’re bringing continued value to them?
  • What does a successful buyer/supplier relationship look like that considers both the challenges of regenerative agriculture and supports its farmers?

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