Congress Day

On Thursday, top-class speakers will give us an insight into the current challenges facing the agriculture and food industry. We are delighted that Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider, among others, will be speaking to us. The detailed program will follow as soon as it is known. 


Information market of our sponsors from 8.00 to 17.00


8.30 Welcome Words
Roland Wyss-Aerni, President of the Organizing Committee
8.40 Welcome Speech
Guy Parmelin, Swiss Federal Councillor
9.00 How Switzerland reconciles food supply and sustainability
Christian Hofer, Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)

How Swiss Farmers fare today and tomorrow

Fritz Glauser, Vice President Swiss Farmers' Union (SFU)


Panel: Where are the needs of consumers and nature? 

Christophe Barman, President Fédération romande de consomateurs (FRC)

Jonas Schälle, Project Manager Agriculture BirdLife Switzerland


Break and networking


Emmi - More than Swiss Cheese

Urs Riedener, Chairman of the Board of Directors Emmi Group


Nestlé - Regenerative Practices for the World Market

Mark Schneider, CEO Nestlé

11.10 Syngenta: Reconciling Sustainability and Productivity
Jeff Rowe, CEO Syngenta Group

Panel and Q&A with Mark Schneider, Urs Riedener and Jeff Rowe


Swiss Food Research: Pitches from Swiss Agri-Food Start-Ups

Lunch Break


Group 1 (Congress Centre):  

How to bring Sustainabilty to the Market
Balz Strasser, CEO Bio Suisse
Nicole Ramseber, Sustainability Officer IP-Suisse


Group 2 ("Brünig" Room):

How to organize private Standards for production
Stefan Kohler, Director Branchenorganisation Milch
Christian Robin, Executive Director of Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa


Short Break


Wrap-up: Essentials from the Discussions
Moderated by Hansjürg Jäger


Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations FAO
Alwin Kospe, Head International Affairs and Food Systems FOAG 


A Swiss Ecosystem Approach to Driving Impact at Scale
Christina Senn-Jacobsen, Managing Director Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley


Free time in Interlaken


Swiss Gala Dinner

Subject to change. 

Swiss Gala Dinner by Star Chef Ivo Adam

19.00 - 22.00

In the evening, there will be a gala dinner by Chef Ivo Adam in the historic hall of the Congress Center. 


During the evening, the IFAJ will award the Star Prizes in the various categories. 


There will be a show during dinner: "William Tell and the origin of Switzerland 1291".