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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)


  • ASNS Ingredient – Gatis Liepiņš , Latvia. ASNS is a joint venture between the two largest Latvian farmers cooeratives Latrap and VAKS. Latvian Farmer members trading cooperative.  "Bringing pea protein to the market" 

     ASNS Ingredient is developing a modern pea-protein production  facility in Latvia. We will give a speech on our vision of the pea  protein market, and provide a brief overview of the planned facility. We will also give some ideas for future cooperation in the industry. 

  • 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, "Promoting the organic cultivation of edible legumes in Switzerland "The Biofarm Cooperative has been the leading organization in the development of the organic cereals and oilseeds market in Switzerland. For several years, we have also been trying to advance the cultivation and market of edible legumes. We report on challenges in the search for suitable genetics, cultivation methods, phytosanitary aspects, and crop processing.
  • SEGES - Erik Fog (Consultant for Ecological Innovation) - leading agricultural knowledge and innovation centre in Denmark. “Synergy between LIN and Danish innovation activities” -

Presentation of Danish innovation activities on legumes and how they can interact with a European network.              


  • 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. ‘Bringing Nàdar Pea Gin to the world market’. Arbikie distils Nàdar, the world’s first climate-positive gin from peas grown on our farms. Our Master Distiller, Kirsty Black achieved this in partnership with the James Hutton Institute and Abertay University. We are a field-to-bottle distillery that grows, distils, matures and bottles its family of spirits at the Arbikie Farm Distillery.


  • 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. "The European protein challenge: Reaching 6 million hectares of soybean in Europe" Continuing the success story of producing and using soybeans in Europe is essential for a transition towards a more sustainable and safe European protein supply. Matthias Krön outlines in his presentation how Donau Soja supports as a multi-stakeholder organisation this development and proposes areas of attentions for R&D.
  • 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. . TERRES UNIVIA is a French interprofessional association with 3 colleges in its board:Growers, warehousing cooperatives and merchants, and end users. It represents oilseed and oil fruit sector (oil seed rape, sunflower, soya, linseed, olive) and legume sector (field pea, fababean, lupin, lentil, chickpea, alfalfa) interests. The purpose of Terres Univia is to bring together and represent the professional organisations of these sectors, from production to industrial processing: breeding activities (seed breeders, seed multipliers), crop production, storage activities and industrial transformation.Terres Univia oversees market trends, regulatory and food safety information, and statistical information. Terres Univia also stimulates and supports research programs with external experts, such as Terres Inova and ITERG, INRAE, CNRS, INSERM.Terres Univia aims to facilitate interactions between professional partners, to undertake activities of collective interest action, and to promote the development and the use of oilseeds and legumes. 
  • Legumes, innovation and networking: the contribution of Legumes Translated and the European  Hub -Donal Murphy-Bokern (Science coordinator), Germany - Donal works as an independent researcher. He is science coordinator for the Thematic Network Legumes Translated and its Legume Hub. A reflection on what legumes and innovation are, this presentation will outline the relevance of Legumes Translated as the Thematic Network for the legume development community within the European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture (EIP Agri). The European Legume Hub will be introduced including a perspective on the Legume Innovation Network and the collaboration potentials between LIN and EU 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. "Connecting bean producers: Slow Beans and the Let it Bean! initiative."Slow Food has been working to support a network of beans producers deeply involved in the work of the association through different projects. Slow Beans was born with the specific objective of promoting the value and the consumption of beans, while strengthening relationships between the network members. Last year, we launched the Let it Bean! initiative to involve municipalities' strengths in this ambitious work.
  • 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.   “How civil society organisations support legumes” After some years of campaigning for change, civil society organisations are happy to see that policy makers recognise the problems related to EU’s dependence on plant proteins from abroad and start looking for tools to support greater self-sufficiency. The political support for this is growing, but the crucial question is how this change will be happening and what is needed for it to be successful.“
  • 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. "The International Legume Society welcomes the Legume Innovation Network" This presentation summarizes synthetically the objectives and activities of the International Legume Society, and envisages possible links between its activities and those by the Legume Innovation Network

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

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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