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Bringing the Legume Innovation Network together

A synthesis of the key messages from growers and markets and end-users throughout the supply and value chain with a summary for policy makers.

The webinar will also establish the foundation from which a roadmap for the Legume Innovation Network may be established conjunction with a dedicated website -

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To be recorded and posted here soon after the event.  

Provisional Programme: Starts 10am CEST (for 2,75 hours)


10:00h                               Welcome and introduction, reflection on previous webinars

                                           Roger Vickers, PGRO, UK

10:10h – 10:45h              Presentations from different value chain actors (5 mins each)


  • LPKS Latraps – Raivis Zabis (Head of Project management) – Latvian Farmer members trading cooperative.
  • BioFarmcooperative - Hans Georg Kessler (Head of agriculture) - Swiz Producers coop -The organic farmers of the Biofarm cooperative have also campaigned for the establishment of a research institute,
  • SEGES - Erik Fog (Consultant for Ecological Innovation) - leading agricultural knowledge and innovation centre in Denmark.

Processors & Traders

  • Process Design A/S- John Seneberg - Danish engineering and consulting company specialised in small scale machinery design currently developing a high shear mixer for dried peas. 
  • Roland Beans GmbH – Alexander Rosenow (Sales Director) – The first company in the German market dealing consistently with regional grown pulses - offering a wide range of regional produced legume-products for food and feed markets.
  • Arbikie Highland Estate– Iain Stirling (Director) – Scottish distillers. Arbikie Estate is a family-owned working farm perched on the east coast of Angus, Scotland.

Consumers & Citizens

  • Growing Green: The importance of legumes for our future food system-  The Vegan Society - Tim Thorpe - Tim is a Senior Campaigns and Policy Officer at The Vegan Society. He is the environment and farming spokesperson for the society and leads their Grow Green campaign, which calls for a transition towards sustainable plant-based farming across the UK and EU. 

    Tim will underline the importance of legumes to The Vegan Society’s objectives and to their Grow Green campaign. Pulses are the cornerstone of vegan nutrition and will play a central role in achieving a more sustainable, ethical and health promoting food system. Tim will cover some of the consumer trends in this direction and ask, can the LIN help to facilitate this change?

10:45h – 11:15h              Value chain panel discussion with previous presenters        
Guiding questions will be shared in advance

11:15h – 11:20h              Short refreshment break

11:20h – 12:00h              Presentations from different existing value chain networks (5 mins each)

  • Danube Soya Association – Matthias Krön (Chairman) - The organisation aims to support the sustainable development of Europe’s farming and food businesses by improving the production and use of protein for European consumers.
  • Terres Univia- Laurent Rosso (Director) - an association gathering all actors representative of the value chain: an example of National organization helping for the development value chains on oilseeds and protein crops.
  • Legumes Translated - Donal Murphy-Bokern (Science coordinator) - works as an independent researcher. He supports research in all areas of agriculture and the environment with a particular focus on research strategy and impact. He is science coordinator for the Thematic Network Legumes Translated and its Legume Hub.
  • INCREASE project - Roberto Papa (Project coordinator) - the Increase project tests a decentralised approach to the conservation of genetic resources by setting up a networked Citizen Science Experiment.
  • Slow Beans Network - Carolina Modena - Coordinator. The contribution of the Slow Food Network - a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions.
  • Friends of the Earth Europe - Stanka Becheva (food and agriculture campaigner) - The largest grassroots environmental network in Europe, pushing for action by the EU to protect people and planet.
  • BALPro Association – Fabio Ziemssen (Chairmen) - The aim   of   the   „Association for Alternative Protein Sources Germany“ (BALPro e.V.) is to bring together different players interested in promoting Alternative Proteins and to jointly drive forward an agricultural and food turnaround free of individual interests.;
  • International Legume Society - Paolo Annicchiarico -  ILS its main objectives and activities, the general interest in the LIN initiative for the legume community and exploration of the possibility of  links between ILS and LIN for the future.

12:00h – 12:30h              Network panel discussion with previous presenters

                                           Guiding questions will be shared in advance

12:30h – 12:35h              What is next for the EC concerning legumes? Comments on the webinar series and the LIN launch.

                                           Laurent Mercier, European Commission, Belgium

12:35h – 12:45h              Conclusions and Outlook for European Legumes in Transition

                                           Frederic Muel, Terres Inovia, France

                                           Pete Iannetta, The James Hutton Institute, UK

                                           Roger Vickers, PGRO, UK



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