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

Professor Louise O. Fresco
Sunday 2nd December 2018

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 in December.

Professor Fresco from Wageningen University and Research will be here from December3-7, 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’ Ambassador's residence 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 arranged by the Netherland's Embassy 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).

For more information, please contact us, or see the following:

Riddet Institute Summit: http://www.riddet.ac.nz/event/riddet-institute-summit-2018-balancing-people-planet-and-prosperity

Beehive Public Lecture: “Towards a circular Agriculture: A Dutch Perspective” https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/towards-a-circular-agriculture-a-dutch-perspective-tickets-52379825468