Roundtable Discussion at Landscape 2021

Challenges and opportunities related to diversification in practice

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 13:00 - 14:00 (CEST)

The Landscape 2021 conference offers scientific insights into diversification strategies and their potential for aligning agricultural production with environmental integrity and sustainable development targets. But how is diversification perceived in practice? What are practical experiences in different parts of the world? What are respective opportunities, challenges and barriers? How do policy strategies govern diversification in favour of societal targets?

Facilitated by Prof. Peter Feindt from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany an international group practitioners, cooperatives, policy makers and experts will discuss their perception and experiences on diversification in a round table discussion.

Peter Feindt

Photo: Erik Stolze

Prof Peter Feindt

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Peter H. Feindt is Professor of Agricultural and Food Policy at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research addresses a broad range of questions in agricultural and food policy, in particular links to environmental policy, sustainability transitions and the resilience of farming systems. Related interests include environmental and technology conflicts; public participation and conflict management; strategic communication, policy discourse and narratives; and inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration.




Prof Guohua Yuan (CN)
Practitioner and policy maker; Senior Fellow in Mineral and Environmental Economics; KeyLab of Carrying Capacity Assessment for Resource and Environment, Ministry of Land and Resources, Beijing, China
Prof. YUAN Guohua has Master’s Degrees from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and University of TWENTE ITC (Netherland). He is a senior fellow of Chinese Academy of Natural Resource Economics, acting director of the key laboratory of carrying capacity assessment for resource and environment, Ministry of Natural Resources, China; Vice chairman of Resource Big Data Branch, and Resource and Environmental Carrying Capacity Assessment Branch, Natural Resources Society of China.

Yuan has been engaged in resource and environmental policy study for the Ministry of Natural Resources (former MLN, MGMR) for over 30 years. Recent researches include: China’s ecological compensation system, reform of the ecological civilization system, land consolidation and management, ecological restoration, China’s natural resource policies in promoting the Rural Revitalization Strategy etc.

Benedikt Bösel

Benedikt Bösel (DE)
Farmer on regenerative agriculture; Gut und Bösel, Alt Madlitz, Germany

Benedikt Bösel is an agricultural economist and founder and managing director of Gut&Bösel near Berlin. In addition to the operation of traditional agriculture and forestry Bösel founded the Finck Stiftung to test and develop different forms of regenerative agriculture and multifunktional landuse – such as agroforestry, holistic grazing and syntropic agriculture. In addition, the estate is offering testing grounds for agricultural startups, research projects as well as regenerative agricultural entrepreneurs. Bösel holds various voluntary advisory boards and mentoring mandates. He is board member of Soil Alliance - Association of Regenerative Agriculture e.V. as well as Chairman of the AgTech platform of the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V.

Alex Datema

Alex Datema (NL)
Dairy farmer & chairman of BoerenNatuur, the association of agricultural collectives for nature and landscape conservation, Briltil, The Netherlands

Alex Datema runs a dairy farm in the north of the Netherlands. Since 2016 he holds the position of chair for the association BoerenNatuur, which is the umbrella organization for farmer’s collectives that work on the conservation of nature in the agricultural landscape. The Netherlands has a unique system in the way that farmers work together on landscape scale to preserve plant and animal habitat. Alex Datema is a vocal proponent of this system and also a leading voice in the Dutch debate around the future of agriculture. Therefore he holds many other (advisory) board positions in the Netherlands.

Dr Antonia Lütteken

Dr Antonia Lütteken (EU)
Policy Officer, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Antonia Lütteken is Policy Officer in the unit ‘Conception and Consistency of Rural Development’ of DG AGRI in the European Commission. The unit contributes to the design of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and in particular to the development, definition and design of the rural development policy in respect of its objectives, instruments and delivery mechanisms. She is part of the unit’s group focussing on environment and climate related subjects in the framework of support for rural development and ensuring a consistent approach across Member States for environment and climate related rural development measures (period 2014-2020) and interventions under the future CAP Strategic Plans.

Arabinda K Padhee

Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee (IN)
Director of Country Relations, ICRISAT, New Dehli, India

Arabinda Kumar Padhee has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and a PhD from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He also holds a Master’s in public administration (MPA) from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has taken public policy courses at University of Toronto; Civil Services College, Singapore; and University of Cambridge at various points in his career.

Dr Padhee joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1996. He has held various important positions, both in State and Federal Governments in India. During his tenure with the Odisha Government, he was instrumental in drafting the State Agriculture Policy- 2008. He also served as a member of the Technical Support Group of the erstwhile Planning Commission that prepared the District Agricultural Plan Manual. Government of India appointed Dr Padhee as the first Nodal Officer to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilizers.

Dr Padhee is recipient of the National Award for contribution to humanitarian services given by the Indian Red Cross Society (2006-07). He was awarded the AIASA National Award for outstanding Leadership in Agriculture (2016). He is a member of World Bank’s India Agriculture Policy Advisory Group (IAPAG), and India’s National Advisory Panel on Agri-Nutrition. He regularly writes articles in prominent newspapers and magazines around issues related to climate change, agriculture, nutrition, and food policies.

Dr Padhee is continuing as Director- Country Relations of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based out of New Delhi, India, since November 2016.


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