Cultivating the Future Through Food

Launch Event: The Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food

What is the future of food? Learn how leading organizations in the PACE community are taking collaborative action to accelerate food system transformation.

On-Demand | 59 minutes

Originally Recorded on April 20, 2021

About this webinar 

In February 2021, the Platform to Accelerate the Circular Economy (PACE), Resonance, and a global network of business, government, and civil society leaders launched the Circular Economy Action Agenda, covering plastics, textiles, electronics, capital equipment, and food. Here we take a deeper look at the Action Agenda for Food, which lays out a three-part vision, and clear Calls to Action, for our food system: (1) food is produced in ways that regenerate nature, (2) food isn’t lost or wasted, and (3) commonly wasted resources are used productively. In this way, the circular economy for food can drive food system transformation.  

In this session, we’ll bring together four leading experts to talk about what needs to be done and how to do it: 

  • Moderator David B. McGinty serves as Global Director of the Platform to Accelerate the Circular Economy (PACE). Previously David led innovation and technology and public-private partnerships for two global development agencies, served as a team leader of projects funded by USAID, DFAT and DFID, and advised on new forms of investments in emerging markets. 
  • Steve Schmida is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Resonance. As Chief Innovation Officer, Steve is responsible for working with Resonance staff, clients, and partners on the development of new products and services designed to drive meaningful impact in emerging markets.  
  • Petra Hans has been working at the IKEA Foundation since 2011. She now heads the Agricultural Livelihoods portfolio, which aims to support people who are dependent on agriculture afford a better life while protecting the planet – focusing on East Africa and India. 
  • Flemming Besenbacher is chairman of the Danish Think Tank on Food Loss and Food Waste, ONE\, Carlsberg Group and Aarhus Water A/S. Additionally, Besenbacher is chairman of the non-profit organization and sits on several advisory boards related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

In this session, we will:

  • See how cross-sector leaders are advancing a circular economy for food 
  • Unpack the critical role of  cross-sector collaboration to achieve shared goals 
  • Outline vital actions organizations across the food system can take today in line with the new Action Agenda for Food  
  • Highlight how the circular economy for food can accelerate the transition to sustainable food systems globally 


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Meet The Presenters


David B. McGlinty

Global Director, PACE


Steve Schmida

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, RESONANCE


Petra Hans

Head of Agricultural Livelihoods Portfolio, IKEA Foundation


Flemming Besenbacher


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