Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Leader of World’s Best Agri-Food University Visiting NZ

Monday, 3 December 2018


Leader of World’s Best Agri-Food University Visiting New Zealand

The Riddet Institute is proud to host the President of the World’s leading Agri-Food University Professor Louise O. Fresco, who is visiting New Zealand next week.

Professor Fresco from Wageningen University and Research will be here from December 3-7, to meet with thought leaders, primary industries and key research partners.

The Riddet Institute is hosting a summit on Thursday December 6 at Te Papa in Wellington, where Professor Fresco is the keynote speaker. The speakers will discuss the challenges of food production and nutrition that we need to tackle in order to feed an ever-growing world population in a sustainable way. The summit will also address the impact of this on the New Zealand economy and primary industries. Along with Professor Fresco, the Institute has gathered other strategic leaders in the areas of food economics, research and production to speak on this theme from a global perspective and what this means to New Zealand as a food producing nation.

Director of the Riddet Institute and Massey University Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh says the visit is a highlight of the year.

“We are extremely proud and honoured to host Professor Fresco. This visit is another important milestone in the continuing relationship between Wageningen University, the Riddet Institute and Massey University,” says Professor Singh.

The Riddet Institute and Massey University have a special relationship with Wageningen University, a collaboration that goes back over 30 years. Over that shared history, there have been many collaborative projects, along with staff and student exchanges. During her visit, Professor Fresco will spend time at Massey University, where she will meet with the University leadership team, as well as key academics.

Wageningen University is celebrating its centenary this year and during this visit, there will be special events held to commemorate the anniversary. Massey University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and Professor Fresco, will plant a special UniversiTREE to symbolise the continuing relationship between Wageningen University and Massey’s Manawatū campus. This planting will form part of a “virtual forest” of trees that Wageningen has planted with other collaborating institutions around the world this year. There will also be events where the Wageningen delegation meets past and present academic, post-doctoral and postgraduate staff including a special event at the Netherlands’ Embassy in Wellington on Friday, December 7.


About Professor Fresco

Professor Fresco is a high-profile leader in the Agri-Food sector globally, she is a highly recognised academic in her own right, has her own TV programme, has written several best-selling books on her research and has given many lectures on the subject of feeding the world, including a TED Talk. Professor Fresco has a long academic career at both Wageningen and Amsterdam Universities, with extensive involvement in policy and development programmes. Professor Fresco is a member of eight Scientific Academies and for ten years, she was Assistant-Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. She has also served on the boards of companies including Rabobank and Unilever.

The week’s itinerary of the visit also includes meetings with a variety of industry and government representatives including; Hon. Dr Megan Woods (Minister for Research, Science & Innovation), Hon David Parker (Minister for Economic Development), the Global Women Showcase Dinner in Auckland and a public lecture at the Beehive, hosted by Hon Damien O’Connor (Minister for Agriculture, Trade and Export Growth, Biosecurity & Food Safety).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 




Fonterra: Lifts Forecast Farmgate Milk Price Range

Fonterra Co-operative Group today lifted its 2021/22 forecast Farmgate Milk Price range to NZD $8.90 - $9.50 per kgMS, up from NZD $8.40 - $9.00 per kgMS. This increases the midpoint of the range, which farmers are paid off... More>>



Federated Farmers: NAIT Levy Increases Must Achieve Accurate, User-friendly System
Nobody welcomes extra costs but if OSPRI is to catch-up on under investment in the NAIT platform and deliver on its workability and farmer support, levy increases are probably necessary, Federated Farmers says... More>>



Westpac: More Job Opportunities, But Growth In Workers’ Earnings Remains Subdued

The Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index rose 1.2 points in the December quarter, to a level of 106.9. This was the sixth straight rise in the index since the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. Michael Gordon, Acting Chief Economist for Westpac, noted that the rise in the index has largely been driven by perceptions... More>>



Statistics: Household Net Worth Grows In The September 2021 Quarter But At A Slower Pace Compared To March 2021

Household net worth grew by $60.7 billion in the September 2021 quarter compared with the June 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This represents an increase of 2.5 percent, a similar result to the June 2021 quarter, which was up $60.6 billion or 2.6 percent... More>>

TradeMe: Job Market Ends 2021 On A High With Record Number Of Vacancies
The New Zealand job market finished 2021 on a high note, with the ball still firmly in the job hunters’ court, according to the analysis of 69,600 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs for the quarter ending 31 December (Q4)... More>>


Insurance Council of New Zealand: September South Island Windstorm Cost $36.5 M Raises 2021 Extreme Weather Claims Total To $321.6 M

Gale force winds and storms between 9 and 13 September 2021 resulted in insurers supporting communities to the tune of $36.5 m. This is a significant rise, of $16.7 m, on preliminary figures for the event and lifts the end of year total for all extreme weather events in 2021 to $321.6 m... More>>