Beyond gender barriers in the agrifood system: Innovative women improving food & soil health

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Thematic Event on overcoming gender barriers in the agrifood system

We are facing a number of social and environmental challenges, such as gender equality and climate change. For years we have thought those challenges were playing apart, but the truth is they work hand-to-hand every day.

For instance, a clear example is set in agrifood system, where there are countless women experts in the agrifood sector who have challenged gender gaps and have developed the most innovative solutions to improve food and soil health, among others.

The aim of this event is to meet and interact with women entrepreneurs and experts in the agrifood sector whose work contributes to the mission of transitioning to healthy soils by 2030. Throughout the event, topics such as regenerative agriculture, biodiversity, soil health and other hot topics will be discussed.


Event Agenda

Part 1  
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and introduction to NATI00NS - Nestor Etxaleku and Paula Hafner - EIT Food
10.10 - 10.25 Agriwoman: The female presence in the agrifood system - Amparo de San José - EIT Food
10.25 - 10.40 The role of agrifood in soil and healthy eating - Damien Jourdan - Danone
10.40 - 10.55 Introduction to EWA Programme - Lara Rodríguez - EIT Food
10.55 - 11.10 Success Case 1: GILL (Gendered Innovation Living Lab) - Francesca Spagnoli - ENoLL
11.10 - 11.25 Success Case 2: EWA winner, a female-led agrifood company - Sultan Gül - Microhobist
11.25 - 11.30 Wrap-up and End of session - Nestor Etxaleku and Paula Hafner – EIT Food

Second thematic event in a series of six

The thematic event Beyond gender barriers in the agrifood system: Innovative women improving food & soil health, organised by EIT Food, takes place on 11 January 2024 at 10:00 CET. It explicitly addresses two objectives of the EU Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe: conserve soil organic carbon stock and improve soil literacy in society.

These events are conducted entirely online, featuring impactful introductions to specific topics by esteemed keynote speakers and real-world practitioners. Our vision is simple: break down barriers, foster connections, and transcend geographical boundaries. To enhance collaboration, NATI00NS introduces matchmaking opportunities via our dedicated Matchmaking Platform during these events. This initiative aims to connect like-minded individuals, organizations, and experts, forging partnerships that contribute to the shared mission of cultivating healthy soils across Europe.

Embark on this thrilling journey with us - a series of events dedicated to advancing sustainable soil management. Join the exploration, share knowledge, and collaborate as we lay the foundation for a healthier, more resilient future together.



Thematic events, what comes next:

18 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Industry engagement for sustainable soil health: Joining living labs
Organiser: BusinessMed

24 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Smart Soils: Smart Specialisation meets EU Soil Mission

25 Janurary 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET 
Soil health from a forest land-use perspective
Organiser: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

15 February 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Soil decontamination
Organiser: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG)

Explore the previous event:

14 December 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Breaking ground together: Solutions for urban and post-industrial soil de-sealing
Organiser: Politecnico di Milano

Thematic event
Online, virtual event


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