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The World Economic Forum (WEF), committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Key multi-stakeholder platform

Innovation is critical to bringing about a fundamental shift in the way our food is produced and consumed. With the ever-growing world population, inefficient use of raw materials and farmland and shortages of water and farmland, the current speed of climate change and the combined pressure of obesity, hunger and malnutrition, we urgently need breakthrough solutions for structural system change, for our future and the generations to come.

Food Innovation Hubs

To support this, the World Economic Forum, the Dutch government and several public and private-sector partners have launched a network of Food Innovation Hubs. More than 20 organizations are already working together as Food Innovation Hubs worldwide. This forward-looking, multi-stakeholder platform will leverage technology and innovation to enable local ecosystems to transform existing food systems. Foodvalley NL is the leading European Hub and proud host of the Global Coordination Secretariat for this worldwide network. The role of the Global Secretariat is to coordinate the efforts of the regional hubs and ensure they align with global processes and initiatives.

Solutions that address systemic challenges

One of the most powerful contributions of the Food Innovation Hubs initiative, catalyzed by WEF and partners, will be to link those who need technology and innovations, those who are developing it, and those who might finance and scale it, across traditional boundaries. The goal is to bring solutions that can address systemic challenges. This would be achieved through:

  • Connecting innovators across geographies;
  • Forging partnership between local innovators and food system practitioners;
  • Attracting investments for local innovation;
  • Supporting policy making to enable impact-oriented innovation;
  • Opening trust-based dialogue around responsible technology;
  • Providing an ecosystem for continued innovation for transformation at scale.

Sean de Cleene, Member of the Executive Committee at the WEF: “A worldwide network of food innovation hubs is key to accelerating the innovation needed for the transition towards efficient, inclusive, sustainable, nutritious and healthy food systems. We believe that Foodvalley NL is exactly the right partner to establish such a leading Hub in Europe. They have developed a strong ecosystem of business, knowledge institutes, governments and NGOs, with the specific goal of scaling innovations together with other innovation clusters in and beyond Europe.”

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