Nigel is the Head of the strategic focus area of Nutritional Food Ingredients for KWS SAAT SE &Co. KGaA . Nigel is a plant scientist by training and has worked in plant breeding and seeds for agricultural crops for over 30 years in Europe. His career, originally based in the UK, has spanned from practical maintenance breeding through seed production, sales & marketing, and general management as a managing director of the UK subsidiary of KWS. Over the last 10 years, Nigel has had a global role as Head of Business Development and Strategy for KWS cereals business unit until 2022 when he moved to establish and lead the Nutritional Food Ingredients activity. A common thread throughout has been to be active with government policy and regulation of plant varieties and seeds across Europe and Nigel is a past president and current board member of the seed industry association Euroseeds. His mission in KWS Nutritional Food Ingredients is to apply the know-how and expertise from commodity crop breeding and to focus that on the crops and needs of plant-based food producers and consumers.
This panel discussion will focus on:
- How to transform the primary/agricultural sector?
- Policy: What can politicians do to help to transform the agricultural system (regulations, subsidies, farmer buy-outs, CO2 taxes)?
- Farmers: Are farmers willing and economically able to reduce their number of livestock drastically (70%)?
- World market: How does the global community need to act on this? Let’s say one country reduces livestock production, wouldn’t the supermarkets just import from other countries?