We asked agritech visionaries, “If you had 60 seconds on the podium to address the COP26 leadership audience, what would your focus be?”. Find out what their priorities are.

“Farming and forestry face huge climate adaptation challenges. Yet, they are also powerful allies in our fight to reduce emissions. By innovative green business models, and the wise mix of nature-based and technological innovations, farmers and foresters can greatly boost their carbon sequestration potential, turn around emissions trends and help meet the ambitious net zero targets for mid-century for which we are globally striving.”
Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture, EUROPEAN UNION


Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, COPA-COGECA

“Fighting climate change and environmental degradation can only be successful with involvement of farmers and foresters. Enable these millions of people to make a living from a more balanced, sustainable and transparent value chain with science-based technologies and we will reach the objectives to make our common planet a better place for the future generations!”
Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, COPA COGECA



“While global populations continue to increase, food production systems need to produce more, more efficiently, in ways that protect the environment. This is both imperative and – using sustainable agricultural management practices – possible. With the right knowledge, practices, and technologies, farmers can play an important role in tackling climate change, helping not only to mitigate carbon emissions from agriculture, but also sequestering more carbon into the soil. By supporting this, our food and agriculture systems could be able to remove more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than they place into it. This requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. It also requires setting ambitious goals that take an outcomes-focused approach and that create the space for companies to innovate to help achieve those outcomes.” Erik Fyrwald, CEO, SYNGENTA


 “As a point of arithmetic, it is impossible to address climate change objectives and meet the Paris targets, without addressing the food system. Food production represents ~14-25% of total emissions (depending on the definition) and is more impactful on climate goals than the entire transport sector. Since we cannot – should not! – limit food production, it is essential to put in place supportive policies for incubating emerging technologies and rewarding producers who take on an increasing role in environmental stewardship. If we fail to do so, the Paris Goals cannot be achieved.”
Kieran Mahanty, Director, BLUE HORIZON


Hadar Sutovsky, ICL“We as the agri-tech ecosystem players, must acknowledge that we are part of the solution for the sustainable way, we are solution providers. The global agri-food system needs to transform in order to produce 50% more food, eliminate malnutrition for 2.5 billion people and cut ~13Gt of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Since I believe we are transition leaders we need to focus on investing our resources in finding more solutions for providing sufficient food, low-carbon food, healthy food and sustainable food.” Hadar Sutovsky, VP External Innovation Lead & GM ICL Planet, ICL 


“Feeding people foods which positively influence health is as important as preserving the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the temperatures we need to be viable.  To feed the world’s population in a nutritious way, while restoring the health of our planet requires that we completely rethink our food system including delivering fair reward for producers and growers who are the custodians of much of our ecosystem. We must take lessons from nature and history that demonstrate the best that traditional and regenerative farming has to offer and combine that with the latest tools that biology, chemistry, computing and data analytics have given us and intelligently apply these insights to find new ways of producing tasty, nutrient dense, low cost foods at scale for everyone around the world.” Katrin Burt, Executive Director, WHEATSHEAF GROUP 


“We need world leaders to create the incentives for the entire value chain to invest in and scale the products and technologies that make a difference. This entails creating a level playing field where new technologies can compete, whilst in their infancy, with established and dominant players. Amongst most desired evolutions is an accelerated regulatory pathway for biocontrol products, in existence in the US, not in EU. Five years to commercialisation is a long time, even for patient capital like ours. Specific focus should also be given to scaling carbon markets as an instrument to finance the implementation of avoidance and reduction measures in the agricultural value chain.” Stéphane Roussel, Venture Partner, ECBF

“Catalyse the change in the biggest business of the world, agriculture!” Markus Solibieda, Managing Director, BASF VENTURES 





Over 700 global senior leaders gathered at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on September 28-29 to uncover solutions and business models that will enable the transition to a low carbon economy. View the full conference agenda and speakers at www.worldagritechinnovation.com