Digital Ag Series - New Frontiers for the Food System

"Exploring the transformational potential of digital agriculture to feed the world in a way that delivers healthier people, healthier economies, and a healthier planet."

Rising food insecurity and malnutrition, combined with high food loss and waste, agricultural pollution, and persistent poverty, show that the world’s food system is not fit for purpose—and COVID-19 has ... view more


Opening Remarks by Mari Elka Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships at the World Bank.


Kateryna Schroeder, Agriculture Economist, Food and Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank provides an overview of the recently launched report titled "What’s Cooking: Digital Transformation of the Agrifood System". Click HERE to read the full report. 


What is the value of evolving digital technologies to the agri-food system? Digital technologies can be employed to help match farmers with markets, improve efficiency, inform consumers, and increase sustainability.


PANEL - The use of disruptive technologies and digital business models in the agri-food sector


PANEL - Keeping barriers to entry low through more equitable access to data, clear data governance, and supportive e-agriculture strategies


PANEL - Incubating innovation ecosystems through a multi-stakeholder approach


PANEL: Public sector’s role in maximizing efficiency, equity, and sustainability of Digital Agriculture


Summary and implications of the future of digital agriculture by Juergen Voegele, Vice President, Sustainable Development, the World Bank

About the Presenters

Mari Elka Pangestu

World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships

Martien van Nieuwkoop

Global Director, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank

Juergen Voegele

Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank

Kateryna Schroeder

Agriculture Economist, Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank

Boutheina Guermazi

Director of Digital Development, World Bank

Sunny George Verghese

Executive Director, Co-Founder and Group CEO, Olam

William (Bill) Sonneborn

Senior Director, Disruptive Technologies, IFC

Lauri A. Hanover

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Netafim Ltd

Thirukumaran Nagarajan

Co-founder and CEO, Ninjacart

Peter Njonjo

Co-Founder and CEO, Twiga Foods 

Ranveer Chandra

Chief Scientist, Azure Global, Microsoft

Rikin Gandhi

Co-founder and Executive Director, Digital Green

Jessica Fanzo

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics, The Johns Hopkins University 

Simon Winter

Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation

Mariana Vasconcelos

EO, Agrosmart S.A. 

Christine Gould

Founder & CEO, Thought for Food

Simone Strey

Founder and CEO, Plantix

Taesik Yoon

Deputy Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF), Republic of Korea 

Hamadi Iddi Boga

Principal Secretary of the State Department for Agricultural Research in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation in the Government of Kenya

Maximo Torero Cullen

Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Femi Oke

International Journalist, Writer and Moderator