Archived Webinar

Circular Economy and Food

"The food and agricultural sectors are extremely wasteful and need to be reimagined."

A fundamental transformation in our most critical sectors, particularly the food and agriculture industries – whereby current practices throughout the value chain have resulted in systemic inefficiencies, losses, and waste – is urgently required. Applying a circular approach to the food sector – from agricultural production, processing, and manufacturing facilities, to transport and distribution, retail outlets, and household consumption – can result in positive impacts at the economic, social and environmental levels.    

In this session, Circular Economy and Private Sector Development Learning Series, we explore the challenges and opportunities inherent to this critical sector and tackle topics from the manufacture of bioproducts, food losses, and waste, to regenerative agricultural systems, and strategic investments. The expert panel also sheds light on examples of effective policies being implemented worldwide to enable innovation, dematerialization, and greater efficiencies in the food production processes.  

About the Presenters

James Pronio

Retail Systems Manager, World Wildlife Fund

James Pronio is the Retail Systems Manager on the Food Loss and Waste Team at World Wildlife Fund, where he leads WWF's work with businesses and governments in the Pacific Coast Collaborative 

Marianne Thomsen

Professor, University of Copenhagen

Marianne Thomsen is a professor in Industrial Ecology, specializing in industrial ecology developing integrated sustainability assessments models with a focus on circular resource management systems

Ani Vallabhaneni

Co-founder of Sanergy

Ani Vallabhaneni is a co-founder of Sanergy, a Nairobi-based company that converts collected waste into valuable end-products such as organic fertilizer and insect-based animal feed, which results in increasing crop yields.

Francisco Palma

Co-founder of PolyNatural

Francisco Palma is the co-founder of PolyNatural, a company that developed a technology that reduces food losses and results in a completely biodegradable (cradle-to-cradle) design solution

Claire Sand

Co-founder of Packaging Technology and Research

Claire Sand is the co-founder of Packaging Technology and Research and is a global packaging leader with 35+ years of broad experience in the food science and packaging spectrum.

Stephen Otieno

Senior Manager for Climate Action Planning, Africa Region, C40

Stephen Otieno is the Senior Manager for Climate Action Planning for Africa at C40; he joined C40 initially working as the Food Systems City Adviser for Nairobi

Yasmine Berbir

Head of Sustainability, Middle East and North Africa Region, Nestlé

Yasmine Berbir is the Head of Sustainability for Nestlé in the Middle East and North Africa, where she is responsible for implementing Nestlé’s Net Zero Emissions Roadmap across the region

Questions Submitted


- Sep 7, 2022
I am glad that Nestlé is laying out its plans to support and accelerate the transition to a regenerative food system – one that aims to protect and restore the environment, improve the livelihoods of farmers and enhance the well-being of farming communities


- Sep 7, 2022
I agree with the experts we can’t solve this problem alone, so we would need to collaborate with other companies, research institutes and governments around the world to identify ways we can collectively reduce the plastic waste making its way into the environment.


- Sep 7, 2022
Stephen made an excellent and substantial recommendation to relocate microprocessing plants closer to markets in order to reduce food waste/losses.


- Aug 12, 2022


- Jul 29, 2022
that great

Mohammad Nadir

- Jul 27, 2022


- Jul 26, 2022

jose luis

- Jul 26, 2022
muy bueno
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