GFN sustainability Food company messaging 2021


What would farmers say if they had a chance to talk directly to food company executives? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Farmers sell through a value chain and often don’t get to talk with those who market their crops to consumers as end products. This video includes Global Farmer Network members from around the world—Ruramiso Mashumba-Zimbabwe, Jennie Schmidt-United States, New Zealand, Alana Koch-Canada, Maria Giraudo Gaviglio-Argentina, and Gabriel Carballal-Uruguay—sharing their farming practices, and encouraging a dialogue between those who grow food and those who market it.

These five GFN farmers were part of a video presentation shown during a Food Executive Summit titled Accelerate Ambition: New paths to success in a changing food system. The virtual meeting was offered by Corteva and Eat Well Global.

Alanna Koch

Alanna Koch

A farmer, industry leader, long-time agriculture champion, former senior government executive and experienced corporate director, Alanna Koch is the Board Chair of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan. She works with farmers and the agriculture industry through her consulting company, KoHert Agri Inc. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Minister to Premier Brad Wall and Cabinet Secretary and was the Saskatchewan Deputy Minister of Agriculture for nine years.

Alanna has been involved in the agriculture industry, both professionally and personally, for most of her career and life. Alanna and her husband, Gerry Hertz, farm at Edenwold, SK, and are committed to sustainable crop rotation practising minimum tillage and utilizing advanced crop technology growing grains, oilseeds and pulse crops.

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