Grodan to Host Crucial Event on Water Management in Agriculture and Food Production during EU Green Week 2024

Andre van Wageningen
May 31, 2024

Brussels, Belgium, June 26, 2024 – In the context of the EU Green Week 2024, Grodan is organizing a timely workshop on water management in agriculture and food production. This event aims to address the critical challenges posed by water scarcity and inefficiency in agriculture, with a focus on sustainable food production practices in Europe.

The Importance of Water Management

Water scarcity and inefficient water use are significant challenges facing global agriculture today. With increasing demands on water resources, it is essential to adopt sustainable practices to ensure the long-term viability of food production. This workshop will provide a platform for experts from various fields to share knowledge, discuss best practices, and collaborate on solutions to improve water management in agriculture.

Event Highlights

The workshop will feature keynotes and panel discussions from prominent experts in the field. Dr. Petra Schmitter, a senior researcher at the International Water Management Institute, will provide a global perspective on water management issues in agriculture. Leo Marcelis, Chairholder of the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), will discuss water management in horticulture and the role of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA).


The panel discussion will include:

  • Lise Walbom, CEO of Food Nation Denmark, who will highlight the importance of water management in the food business sector.

  • • Ana Rocha, Director of EU's Agri & Forestry-Related Policies at the European Landowners’ Organization, who will present the perspectives of European landowners.

  • Gari Villa-Landa Sokolova, Senior Water Policy Advisor at EurEau, who will discuss initiatives to improve water resilience and management.

  • André van Wageningen, Public Affairs Manager at Grodan, who will explain the contributions of CEA to sustainable water use.

  • Representatives from the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU and the Andalucía region will discuss national and regional policies on water management.

Engaging Discussions

Moderated by Angelo Di Mambro, Editor for EU agriculture and food policies at Euractiv, the panel discussion will tackle various topics, including:

  • The impact of current agricultural practices on water usage.
  • Challenges in ensuring water quality and availability for agriculture.
  • Policies and incentives to promote sustainable water use in agriculture.
  • Integration of CEA into comprehensive water management strategies.
  • Water resilience measures amid growing climate pressures.
  • Vision for sustainable water management in the next decade.

EU Green Week 2024 Context

This workshop is part of the EU Green Week 2024, a flagship event organized by the European Commission to promote environmental awareness and action. As one of the partner events, Grodan's workshop joins numerous activities hosted by schools, universities, business associations, environmental organizations, civil society, and government agencies across Europe and beyond. These events aim to engage stakeholders and the public in discussions and initiatives to foster a greener and more sustainable future.

Networking and Collaboration

Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers during a Q&A session and networking drinks. This event promises to be an invaluable opportunity for stakeholders from the food industry, research, policy-making, and landownership sectors to foster collaboration and drive progress in sustainable water management.

Join us on June 26, 2024, in Brussels for this pivotal event. Together, we can shape the future of water management in agriculture and ensure a sustainable food production system for Europe and beyond.

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