Crisis-proof nutrition through sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture – the private sector as actor

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture Berlin (GFFA Berlin) e.V.

Time: Thursday, 19. January 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Room: M1

Languages: English, German


The discussion focused on the role the private sector plays in safeguarding global food security – with panellists including Alem Greiling, an oat producer from Ethiopia, Ruramiso Mashumba, president of a farmers’ association from Zimbabwe, and Frank Terhorst, a representative of Bayer AG, a large DAX-listed company operating in the field of agricultural engineering. The Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Lawrence Haddad, opened the debate by giving an overview of food scenarios worldwide. With this in mind, the panel facilitated by Dr Per Brodersen (German Agribusiness Alliance) discussed global food security with a very specific focus on the need to improve framework conditions for producers, the role associations play in knowledge transfer and the inclusion of marginalised groups, and the added value of applying/using up-to-date agricultural technologies in the relevant markets.
It became evident that the private sector has great potential for effectively producing food in a decentralised manner, thereby contributing to increased food security. Shaping framework conditions accordingly, openness towards technological diversity and not least showing entrepreneurial spirit are key pillars in this regard.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Lawrence Haddad is GAIN’s Executive Director since 2016. From September 2020 and up to the United Nations Food Systems Summit that took place on 23 September 2021, Lawrence chaired Action Track 1: Ensuring Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All. Lawrence is also the co-convener of the Standing Together for Nutrition. Prior to GAIN, Lawrence was lead author of the Global Nutrition Report, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at IFPRI.
He is the winner of the 2018 World Food Prize together with David Nabarro. Click here for more.


Panel Guests

Alem is the founder and managing director of Nutridense food processing company. She has completed her first degree in Chemistry at Addis Ababa University and has been working in an International research company. Later on she left to Germany for further study on food processing and nutrition and she accomplished her study on Food Engineering. She has been working as a Nutrition Advisor for different nutrition programs locally and internationally.
To tackle the malnutrition in country Ethiopia, she believes that reduction of malnutrition starts at the root cause of malnutrition which start growing nutritious crops cooperating with small holders farmers providing nutritious improved crops to grow, introducing simple farming tools, and at the same time create a market linkage to the crop produced by small holders to sell directly to food manufacturing industry.


Frank Terhorst serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and as Head of Strategy & Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in Monheim, Germany, he leads efforts to drive the division’s long-term business and sustainability strategies that benefit farmers, consumers, and the planet.
Terhorst has worked at Bayer for over 25 years in the agriculture industry, bringing deep experience in crop strategy, crop protection, seeds and traits, strategic business initiatives, business modeling, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and lifecycle crop management. After beginning his career in crop protection in Germany, Terhorst held various positions in global portfolio management, marketing and controlling, as well as Managing Director/Country Head roles in the Netherlands and Italy. In 2011, he served as Head of Strategy for Fruits and Vegetables and Insecticides in Germany before becoming Global Head of Seeds. In addition to his responsibilities leading Seeds, Terhorst was most recently responsible for Pre-Merger Planning, which paved the way for Bayer’s successful acquisition of Monsanto.
Terhorst is married and has one son. He enjoys running, diving, golf and traveling. Terhorst speaks five languages: German, English, Italian, Dutch and Spanish


Mrs Ruramiso Mashumba represents young farmers at national level, continental level and international level. She is a well sort out adviser and speaker for organizations like the United Nations – FAO, African development bank and for stakeholders like crop life international. She is the first woman to become chairperson of the Zimbabwe Farmers Union youth wing. Ruramiso primary role at the Union is to advocate and lobby for youth and women participation in agriculture. Ruramiso has 10 years’ experience farming in rural Zimbabwe. She has a 100 ha plantation of eucalyptus trees to address the challenges of deforestation in her community. Ruramiso is the founder of Mnandi Africa an organization that seeks to reduce hunger and poverty in rural livelihoods using tools of sustainable agriculture. Upon completing a degree in Agriculture Business Management in 2008 Ruramiso worked for one of United Kingdom’s leading agriculture companies. In 2016, Ruramiso was selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which is a flagship program of Barak Obamas Young African Leaders Initiative. Ruramiso was selected to be a panelist at the World Food Prize in Iowa and gave her input on the Importance of nutrition in Africa. In 2021 Ruramiso was named one of Zimbabwe’s most influential people below the age of 40. She has a number of videos available online featuring her recommendations in food and agriculture on global stages.


The CV will be available at a later date


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