24-26 APRIL 2018

Schedule of events


Please note this programme will be regularly updated, you will receive the final version via mail



  • Dairy – hosted by Arla Foods – Aarhus and surroundings
  • Arable – organised by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (L&F) – Aarhus and surroundings
  • Vegetables and Fruit – will include berries, apples research plots for local production use – organised by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (L&F)  – Aarhus and surroundings
  • Sugar Beet – hosted by Nordzucker – Copenhagen and surroundings
  • Beef – including feed and genetics – organised by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (L&F)– Aarhus and surroundings


> Agenda of the field visits






Time Content and Speaker
7.00 – 7.30 Morning Run in Aarhus
8.00 – 8.20 Registration & Coffee
8.20 – 8.30 Welcome from SAI Platform President, Adrian Greet
8.30 – 8.45 Keynote Speaker Kick-off on the Role of Tech & Innovation to Leverage Sustainable Agriculture

  • Jason Clay, Senior Vice-President of Markets and Food, WWF
8.45 – 10.00 Plenary Session – ‘Teched it up’ – Innovative Relationships to Build Sustainability: A Model for Addressing Wicked Problems in Agriculture

In the context of growing future demand of agricultural raw material, SAI Platform members and extended experts will share different experiences and approaches in developing and encouraging the adoption of appropriate technologies at the farm gate. We will also examine the efficacy of different technology and instruments and discuss their role in advancing sustainable agriculture.

  • Euan Murray, Chief Executive, The Sustainability Consortium
  • Dr. Toby Waine, Lecturer in Applied Remote Sensing, Cranfield University
  • Catharinus Wierda, International Programme Manager Dairy, Solidaridad

Chair: Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture & Fisheries, Marks and Spencer

Open Q & A discussion

10.00 – 10.30

 Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.00

Big Data: Unlocking the Future for Agriculture / How Big Data and Tech Will Improve Agriculture – Farm To Table

When you’re trying to reach a goal, data not only tells you if you’re succeeding, but it also suggests which activities you should do more of in order to improve your results.” – Bill Gates.

How Data Makes Agriculture More Sustainable (ways to use big data to improve the whole supply chain, starting with the farmer, what is big data). Turning Data into Business Intelligence – linking to SAI Platform tools – including SAI Platform Spotlight. Data Mining and Analyses – How to better manage big data to leverage sustainable agriculture.

  • Jeff Barlow, Corn, Soybean and Wheat Farmer in Southern Ontario, Canada
  • Mathieu Lamolle, Senior Adviser Sustainability Standards & Value Chains, International Trade Centre
  • Tim Taylor, CEO, Valley Agricultural Software
  • Aart van ‘t Land, Director Business Development, Lely Holding

Chair: Nick Betts, Arable & Vegetable Lead, SAI Platform

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Breakout Sessions – Technologies That Can Improve Sustainability At The Farm Level – Key Trends In Farming Practices From Different Angles

ROOM 1 | How Denmark is advancing innovative farming systems to boost sustainable agriculture – Delivering innovation from research in agri-food supply chains

  • Tommy Dalgaard, Section Manager Professor, Dep. of Agroecology, Aarhus University
  • Jens Elbæk, Director, Crop Innovation, SEGES
  • Jan Toft Nørgaard, Milk Producer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arla Foods

Chair: Anna-Karin Modin Edman, Sustainability Manager, Arla Foods

ROOM 2 | New technology in smallholder farming – (i.e. dairy hubs – Pakistan, Bangladesh; mobile apps, high-roofed greenhouses; nitrogen project in India, new feeding systems etc.) – Industry/smallholder farmer/start-up company – What are the latest innovations coming out of Africa/ China and Latin America/India

  • Dr. Tina Barsby, CEO, NIAB
  • Dr. Varinderpal Singh, Sr. Soil Chemist, Punjab Agricultural University
  • Amy Barthorpe, Head of Business, Wefarm
  • Catharinus Wierda, International Programme Manager Dairy, Solidaridad

Chair: Rozanne Davis, Head of Sustainability, innocent drinks

ROOM 3 | Smart farms – Talking with innovative farmers and industry who are applying new technologies

  • Leontino Balbo, Agricultural Director, São Francisco and Santo Antonio Sugar Mills
  • Jeff Barlow, Corn, Soybean and Wheat Farmer in Southern Ontario, Canada
  • Aart van ‘t Land, Director Business Development, Lely Holding

Chair: Giovana Baggio, Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy Brazil and SAI Platform Advisory Council

14.30 – 15.00

 Highlights from the breakout sessions

  • Anna Karin Modin-Edman, Sustainability Manager, Arla Foods
  • Rozanne Davis, Head of Sustainability, Innocent drinks
  • Giovana Baggio, Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy Brazil and SAI Platform Advisory Council

Moderator: Sasha Twining

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee is Inn!
15.15 – 15.30

Blockchains Technology To Ground-Breaking The Food Supply Chains –  How blockchains can also be used for agriculture to track crops, yielding higher-quality produce, full transparency in hands of farmers, food distributors and consumers and financing.

  • Raja Ramachandran, CEO,
15.30 – 16.30

Blockchains Lab for Agrifood
See how blockchains actually works and looks like – a tangible overview of blockchain technology for applications in food and agriculture.

  • Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt, Founder, The Fork
16.30 – 16.50

What’s Next? A glimpse into farms of the future

Farmers are already using technology – moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS enabled tractors – to produce food more sustainably. What’s on the horizon? A futuristic speech.

  • David Hunt, Co-founder, Cainthus
16.50 – 17.00 Wrap-Up Session by SAI Platform President, Adrian Greet

Appointment at the Scandic Aarhus City Hotel Lobby


Arrival at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

20.00 – 20.15

Keynote speech

  • Peder Tuborgh, CEO, Arla Foods
20.15 Dinner at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum



Time Content
7.00 – 7.30 Morning Run in Aarhus
8.00 – 8.30 Registration & Coffee
8.30 – 8.40
  • Welcome by SAI Platform President, Adrian Greet
  • Anti-Trust Caution Statement
  • Approval of minutes General Assembly 2017
  • Approval of agenda General Assembly 2018
8.40 – 8.55

Report from SAI Platform President, Adrian Greet 

8.55 – 9.25
  • Report from SAI Platform Treasurer, Paul Gardner
  • Approval of Accounts 2017 and Accountants for 2018
  • Approval of Budget 2018
  • Approval of Work Programme 2018
  • Approval for Discharge of Executive Committee’s Responsibilities 2017
  • Voting in of New Executive Committee
  • Approval of SAI Platform President
  • Approval of SAI Platform Vice-President
  • Approval of SAI Platform Treasurer
9.25 – 10.10

Updates from SAI Platform Australia Chapter, Brazil Committee, and China Initiative

10.10 – 11.10 Introduction to Market Place, Coffee & Market Place
11.10 – 12.00 Introduction from Jason Clay on Collaboration and Spotlight Demonstration
12.00 – 12.30 SAI Platform Vision and Mission 2018-2025
12.30 – 12.45 AOB

Closing of the SAI Platform General Assembly 2018 by the President

12.45  Lunch