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19 March 2019 | „WalkTheTalk“

"Rubbin' Shoulders" at the Global Food Summit "WalkTheTalk". On 19 March 2019, our supporters and foreign delegations as well as the start-ups had the opportunity to exchange ideas in advance of the Global Food Summit. Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, Chairman of the Board of Management, welcomed the participants at the BayWa headquarters in Munich. In addition to the delegations from Canada and the Netherlands and their start-ups, Ubermetrics, EVONIK, Systemiq, Biotopia and many nominated start-ups also presented their work and projects and ended the evening at the Burda Bootcamp.

You can find some presentations here:

20 March 2019 | 1st conference day

The fifth Global Food Summit took place on 20 and 21 March 2019 in the Max-Joseph-Saal of the Münchner Residenz. This was the first time that the Science Conference had taken place in Munich; it had previously been held in Berlin. The change of location was based on an invitation from the Bavarian State Government, represented by the Bavarian Nutrition Cluster. The topic of this year's conference was: "Foodtropolis - Are cities changing our perception of food and nature? A total of 27 speakers and panelists presented their projects and ideas in front of approximately 220 conference topics. 

Michaela Kaniber, Bavarian Minister of State for Food, Agriculture and Forests

Michaela Kaniber congratulated Mr Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein and the team of the Global Food Summit for providing a platform that provides the right background to global food issues, highlights key factors responsible and poses the right questions necessary to go forward. “It is a great challenge to convey the complexity of the fascinating research and development being undertaken in the food sector.” In her opening speech for the Global Food Summit, she highlighted the importance of topic of food production for the state of Bavaria. While speaking about the theme of Foodtropolis, she said, “Foodtropolis and Foodvillage are not contradictory topics for Bavaria. Rural areas and family farms have always played an important role in the Bavarian agriculture ecosystem, alongside disruptive innovations such as urban farming, urban gardening and aquaponics. Bavaria wants to become the leader in Europe for turning ideas in added value for the economy. The technical, cultural and legal challenges of this topic are so complex that they cannot be mastered by any single company, nor can they be mastered by a single state alone.”

Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi, UAE Minister of State for Food Security, Dubai World Expo 2020

Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi provided a promising insight into the future of food security in United Arab Emirates and gave an insightful presentation about her ministry's work to bring UAE in the top 10 by 2021 and a leader in food security by 2051. Food security, which was defined by her as the availability of safe, nutritious and sufficient food at affordable prices for everyone, is an important issue for UAE because the country imports 90% of agricultural produce. As the Minister of State for Food Security, she highlighted the UAE National Food Security Strategy which aims to bring several initiatives in areas like agribusiness trade facilitation, tech-enabled food production, reduction of food waste, food safety and nutrition, and reduction of food risks and crisis management into the mainframe of policy making. The Food Security Strategy works to improve governance, research and development, data building, human resource management and food awareness. Lastly, she announced that through such initiatives, the Ministry of Food Security has opened a new economic sector for UAE in agriculture by effectively leveraging the three things that UAE has in abundance - sun, sand and sea - and using them to bring long-lasting improvements in food security. 

Máximo Torero | Deputy Director-General of the Economic and Social Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rom

Maximo Torero is the Assistant Director of Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome. In his speech, he highlighted the need for food systems of the future to have a balancing act, where it is important that the existing food gap is closed, economic development is supported while also reducing the environmental impact of our actions. He mentioned that the trend of urbanization in past has been a developed country phenomenon, but in the future more and more urbanization is going to take place in developing parts of the world. While speaking on the role of digital technology, he highlighted that they technology needs to be complementary and bring in innovation, efficiency and inclusion. If it is not complementary, there is the risk that technology will bring concentration and monopoly, and inequality. He also highlighted that urban agriculture is a potential solution to the problems of the food system, but it is not the only solution. Several other initiatives will have to work hand-in-hand. However, urban agriculture has tremendous potential in areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Start-up Speed Dating and Public Choice Awards

Several start-ups, venture capital providers, angel investors and industry experts responded to the call that was released prior to the Global Food Summit and recommended several start-ups in areas of vertical farming, circular food economy, plant and animal data analytics, biotechnology, packaging and new farm-to-table marketplaces. The best among the recommended start-ups were then selected by the Global Food Summit Board of Trustees to pitch at the conference. 26 start-ups applied for the Global Food Summit Audience Award. 5 were nominated to present on stage their ideas on 20 March 2019. This session was sponsored by BayWa AG and Ingo Maurer, a German industrial designer and moderated by Johanna Braun, Head of Innovation and Start-ups at the Global Food Summit.

The winner for the Audience Award was an Israeli start-up, Redefine Meat ( Redefine Meat is 3D-printing deceptively real-looking and tasty “meat” using plant- and vegetable-based ingredients.

Each of the start-ups had 3 minutes to present their pitch followed by a round of Q&A from the audience for 3 minutes. At the end of the all the pitches, the audience voted for the best start-up. Following are the nominated start-ups.

Agrilution ( from Munich is specialized in “vertical farming” for homes and offer a PlantCube system that customers can use to grow microgreens, herbs and vegetables in their houses. The climatic conditions in their boxes are automatically adjusted according the plant growing inside.

Noyanum ( from Garching near Munich is using artificial intelligence to help reduce food waste in canteens and restaurants. To this end, data about weather, visitors, semester breaks and holidays is correlated to calculate how many dishes are expected to be sold.

Regiothek ( from Passau offers a platform on which small businesses from the region can show who they are and what makes their products unique. These businesses could include farmers, beekeepers, brewers, butchers, bakers, restaurants and individual shops. The platform is designed to promote small and local businesses and encourage removal of monopoly systems common across agricultural sector.

Quinta ( is a start-up from Canada that has optimized and successfully established the value added process for high protein quinoa in the Canadian market. The company works closely with farmers and can produce large quantities of quinoa on dry soils.

A summary of the speakers at the Global Food Summit can be found here.

The speaker's presentations can be found here: