Idea

When discussing sustainability, one area is sometimes disregarded. It is larger than transportation. It transcends energy. It is – FOOD!

Society is confronted with a massive challenge. How to feed 10 billion people by 2050 while maintaining the health of both people and the planet. We have to remember that food is a part of our history and culture. Economic theory applies to food. Food is a political issue as well. Last but not least, the environment is defined by food!

The world in 2021 is extremely focused on food sustainability. The United Nations just had its first ever Food Systems Summit.

It is time for a major shift and communal accountability in how we care for the environment around us. It is up to individual persons, individual countries and the world as a whole to create a more sustainable food system. These unprecedented difficulties also present enormous opportunities.

There is an urgent need to truly establish an unbreakable food system, which is genuinely restorative, regenerating and leaving no one behind. It is critical to establish a collaboration between the public and private sectors. This is a first step toward a more sustainable food system.

The necessity is immediate, and the ambition is big. This year, AgriFood Forum 2021 will introduce innovative new activities, solutions, and strategies to accomplish the Green Deal goals, all of which are based on healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable food systems. The Forum will educate the community about the importance of collaborating to improve how to produce, consume, and think about food.

Expected Outcomes

  • Significantly increased public dialogue regarding the critical role of food systems in achieving a sustainable food value chain and the measures necessary to achieve it.
  • Identified actions needed, with quantifiable outcomes, which are required to fulfill the 2030 Agenda targets. This will include highlighting existing solutions and honoring leaders in the transformation of food systems as well as calling for new actions at the national and EU levels by a range of stakeholders.
  • A system of monitoring and review that will motivate new activities and results, facilitate the sharing of experiences, lessons, and information, and incorporate new impact measurements.

Speakers

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen

Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
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Kęstutis Navickas

Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
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Simonas Gentvilas

Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
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Kazys Starkevičius

Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
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Prof. dr. Viktoras Pranckietis

Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
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Dr. Agnė Kudarauskienė

Deputy minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania
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Dorfmann Herbert

Member of the European Parliament
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Bronis Ropė

Member of the European Parliament
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Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Head of Media & Research at AgFunder
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Marja-Liisa Meurice

Director of EIT Food CLC North-East
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Vidmantas Janulevičius

President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
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Marie-Christine Le Gal

French Attaché for Agriculture & Food Industry for the CEE
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Juozas Augutis

Rector at Vytautas Magnus University
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Daina Kleponė

Managing Director at Enterprise Lithuania
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Paulius Kunčinas

Economist
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Augustas Alešiūnas

CEO at ART21 & Innovation manager at Future Technologies DIH
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Donatas Dailidė

CEO at Dojus Group
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Kristina Simonaitytė

Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
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Linas Dičpetris

EY Baltics Consulting Leader
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Dr. George Beers

Coordinator at SmartAgriHubs, Wageningen University & Research
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Giedrius Bagušinskas

President of Lithuanian Cluster Networks & CEO at Lithuanian Food Exporters Association
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Andrius Pranckevičius

Deputy Chairman at Linas Agro Group, CEO at AB Kauno Grūdai, Chairman at PF Kekava
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Aušrys Macijauskas

Chairman at Lithuanian Grain Growers Association, Lithuanian Agriculture Council
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Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė

Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH
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Darius Gaidys

Lithuania Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs
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Eivilė Čipkutė

President at Association of Lithuanian Banks
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Mika Kukkurainen

Founder & Partner at Nordic FoodTech VC
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Raimundas Juknevičius

Chairman at Lithuanian Farmers’ Union
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Grigoris Chatzikostas

Vice President of Business Development at FoodScale Hub
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Daniel Calvo Alonso

Head of the Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics unit at Atos Research and Innovation
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Arūnas Jusas

CEO at Timac AGRO LT
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Aistė Miliūtė-Pranckuvienė

CEO at Birštonas Mineral Water
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Julija Kiršienė

Vice-Rector for Research at Vytautas Magnus University
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Remigijus Lapinskas

Director at Green Policy Institute
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Arnas Radzevičius

Head of Agro Precision Technology Division at Agrokoncernas
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Daiva Jakaitė

Head of European Parliament Liaison Office in Lithuania
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Dr. Arūnas Svitojus

Chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
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Andžej Šuškevič

CEO at Baltic Amadeus
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Diana Tatarūnaitė Zubenienė

Director of the Lithuanian branch at Dojus Agro
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Arūnas Milašius

Editor at Delfi.lt Agro
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Mantas Vilys

Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center
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Ramūnas Terleckas

Editor at Verslo klasė
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Dr. Rico Mockel

Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Maastricht University
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Anneli Roose

Project Manager at Civitta Estonia
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Milda Kraużlis

RIS Programme Manager at EIT FOOD CLC North-East
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Edvardas Žičkus

Journalist
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Martyna Czerniakowska

Action Line Leader at EIT Food RIS Fellowships
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Paulius Guzevičius

Director for Innnovation at Vikonda
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*The list of speakers will be updated.

Agenda

*Continuously updated

09:00 Opening of the Forum

Ramūnas Terleckas | Editor at Verslo Klasė

09:05 Welcome speech

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen | Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

09:10 Keynote of the AgriFood Forum 2021

Kęstutis Navickas | Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

09:20 Keynote: "CO2-free food sector: is it possible?"

Simonas Gentvilas | Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania

09:45 Keynote: "Strong and Digital. The beginning of the long run journey"

Augustas Alešiūnas | CEO at ART21 & Innovation manager at Future Technologies DIH

10:10 Keynote: "The Road to a Sustainable AgriFood Chain: How AgriFoodTech Investment & Innovation is Evolving"

Louisa Burwood-Taylor | Head of Media & Research at AgFunder

10:40 Coffee break

Stage I

Stage II

Rural Development and Future Skills Forum

10:50 Keynote: "Cooperatives and rural development: improving together"

Marie-Christine Le Gal | French Attaché for Agriculture and the Food Industry for the Central and Eastern European Region

11:10 Keynote: "Skills for the AgriFood sector: current situation and future perspectives"

Dr. Agnė Kudarauskienė | Deputy minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania

11:30 Discussion: "Prospects for the AgriFood sector to increase the economic development and attractiveness of regions for young people"

Marie-Christine Le Gal | French Attaché for Agriculture and the Food Industry for the Central and Eastern European Region
Juozas Augutis | Rector at VDU
Marja-Liisa Meurice | Director of EIT Food CLC North-East
Arnas Radzevičius | Head of Agro Precision Technology Division at Agrokoncernas
Dr. Agnė Kudarauskienė | Deputy minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

Robotics session (Joint broadcast for both halls)

12:20 Discussion: "Working side by side with AgriFood robots – opportunities and challenges"

Daniel Calvo Alonso | Head of the Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics unit at Atos Research and Innovation
Anneli Roose | Project Manager at Civitta Estonia
Dr. Rico Mockel | Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Maastricht University

Moderated by Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

Organized by

Empowering Women in AgriFood Sector Forum

13:20 Keynote: "How women leaders in the AgriFood sector can enforce faster economic and social recovery?"

Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

13:40 Discussion: "Why can women be at the forefront of the transformation of the agri-food sector?"

Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH
Diana Tatarūnaitė-Zubenienė | Director of the Lithuanian branch at Dojus Agro
Aistė Miliūtė-Pranckuvienė | CEO at Birštonas Mineral Water
Milda Kraużlis | RIS Programme Manager at EIT FOOD CLC North-East

Moderated by Edvardas Žičkus | Journalist

AgriFood Ecosystem in the Face of Digital and Green Transition Forum

Organized by

14:20 Keynote: "AgriFood ecosystem in the face of digital and green transition"

Marja-Liisa Meurice | Director of EIT Food CLC North-East

14:40 Discussion: "EU Innovation Ecosystems: the role of the AgriFood sector"

Daina Kleponė | CEO at Enterprise Lithuania
Darius Gaidys | Lithuania Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs
Vidmantas Janulevičius | President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
Andrius Pranckevičius | Deputy Chairman at Linas Agro Group, CEO at AB Kauno Grudai, Chairman at PF Kekava

Moderated by Ramūnas Terleckas | Editor at Verslo Klasė

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:20 Keynote: "Less is more: sustainability and efficiency in agribusiness"

Arūnas Jusas | CEO at Timac AGRO LT

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:35 Keynote: “EIT Food programs for innovators”

Martyna Czerniakowska | Action Line Leader at EIT Food RIS Fellowships
Małgorzata Młynarska | EIT Food RIS Junior Communication Coordinator at EIT Food

Vision of the Future AgriFood Sector in Lithuania Forum

15:50 Keynote: "Roadmap for Lithuanian AgriFood Sector Transformation"

Linas Dičpetris | EY Baltics Consulting Leader

16:10 Discussion: What vision do we have for the AgriFood sector in Lithuania?

Aušrys Macijauskas | Chairman at Lithuanian Grain Growers Association, Lithuanian Agriculture Council
Augustas Alešiūnas | CEO at ART21 & Innovation manager at Future Technologies DIH
Kazys Starkevičius | Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Julija Kiršienė | Vice-Rector for Research at Vytautas Magnus University

Moderated by Ramūnas Terleckas | Editor at Verslo Klasė

16:50 Closing of the Forum

Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

17:00 Networking meetings

Stage II

The Future of Agriculture in the EU: New Elements of Common Agriculture Policy, Green Deal and ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy

Organized by

10:50 Keynote: "New EU CAP policy and Green Deal: from Lithuanian perspective"

Prof. dr. Viktoras Pranckietis | Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

11:05 Keynote: "CAP policy revision: main directions and novelties"

Bronis Ropė | Member of the European Parliament

11:20 Discussion

Prof. dr. Viktoras Pranckietis | Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Bronis Ropė | Member of the European Parliament

Moderated by Arūnas Milašius | Editor of Delfi.lt Agro

11:35 Keynote: "’Farm to Fork’ strategy: the way forward for sustainable food production and consumption"

Dorfmann Herbert | Member of the European Parliament

11:50 Keynote: "New EU CAP policy and Green Deal: a look from Lithuanian farmer’s perspective"

Arūnas Svitojus | Chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

12:05 Discussion

Dorfmann Herbert | Member of the European Parliament
Arūnas Svitojus | Chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderated by Arūnas Milašius | Editor of Delfi.lt Agro

Robotics session (Joint broadcast for both halls)

12:20 Discussion: "Working side by side with AgriFood robots – opportunities and challenges"

Daniel Calvo Alonso | Head of the Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics unit at Atos Research and Innovation
Anneli Roose | Project Manager at Civitta Estonia
Dr. Rico Mockel | Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Maastricht University

Moderated by Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

Organized by

Green Transformation Investment and Financing Forum

Organised by MOSOM

13:20 Keynote: "The Green Deal: the importance of the AgriFood sector to the economy"

Paulius Kunčinas | Economist

13:40 Discussion: "Investment in the AgriFood sector: current situation and future prospects"

Grigoris Chatzikostas | Vice President of Business Development at FoodScale Hub
Paulius Kunčinas | Economist
Mika Kukkurainen | Founder & Partner at NORDIC FoodTech VC
Eivilė Čipkutė | President at Association of Lithuanian Banks

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

Smart Food Forum

14:20 Keynote: "Data sharing – the ‘hot potato’ in smart functional food"

Dr. George Beers | Coordinator at SmartAgriHubs, Wageningen University & Research

14:40 Discussion: "Smart specialization priorities: smart food, functional food"

Dr. George Beers | Coordinator at SmartAgriHubs, Wageningen University & Research
Linas Dičpetris | EY Baltics Consulting Leader
Giedrius Bagušinskas | President of Lithuanian Cluster Networks and CEO at Lithuanian Food Exporters Association
Andžej Šuškevič | CEO at Baltic Amadeus
Paulius Guzevičius | Director for Innnovation at Vikonda

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:20 Keynote: "Less is more: sustainability and efficiency in agribusiness"

Arūnas Jusas | CEO at Timac AGRO LT

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:35 Keynote: “EIT Food programs for innovators”

Martyna Czerniakowska | Action Line Leader at EIT Food RIS Fellowships
Małgorzata Młynarska | EIT Food RIS Junior Communication Coordinator at EIT Food

Sustainable Environment Forum

Presented by

15:50 Keynote: "Sustainability beyond the Green Deal: can sustainability be profitable?"

Donatas Dailidė | CEO at Dojus Group

16:10 Discussion: "Decarbonisation in agriculture: challenges and opportunities"

Remigijus Lapinskas | Director at Green Policy Institute
Raimundas Juknevičius | Chairman at Lithuanian Farmers’ Union
Donatas Dailidė | CEO at Dojus Group
Kristina Simonaitytė | Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

16:50 Closing of the Forum

Daiva Jakaitė | Head of European Parliament Liaison Office in Lithuania