Annual Food Agenda

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What is Annual Food Agenda?

The Annual Food Agenda is a communication project powered by EIT Food, a European Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), which receives funding from the European Commission body ‘EIT’. EIT Food was set up to transform our food ecosystem and it supports innovative and economically sustainable initiatives which improve our health, our access to quality food, and our environment.

The Annual Food Agenda is coordinated by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid- IMDEA Food with the participation of 10 key partners including food industry companies, universities and research centers, coming from 4 European countries. Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and Finland, as well as Turkey and Romania, were included in the AFA this year.

The Aim of Annual Food Agenda

The main goal Annual Food Agenda is to engage consumers, encouraging them to think about the food they eat and involving the entire value chain. This project is a consumer-centered initiative that develops a set of events to reach citizen insights, and to encourage public debate and interaction among the different food system stakeholders. Fostering the dialogue between academia, industry, producers and consumers in day-to-day environments, related and non-related to food, to raise consumer’s understanding of the food system. 

Annual Food Agenda Program

AFA Day 1 – 11 November 2021


Circular Economy from Seed to Table

Güneşin Aydemir – Wheat Association for Supporting Ecological Living

Session Partner


Red – Blue Ocean (It’s Possible to Make a Difference)

Neriman Eralp Kalyoncuoğlu – Anadolu Efes
Tanzer Bilgen – Doktar

Session Partner


Sectors in Danger of Extinction

Moderator: Merve Gülistan – MGA Agricultural Consulting

Selçuk Aykan – Maya Bozcaada
Selin Arslanhan – ReDis Innovation
Zafer Kızılkaya – Mediterranean Conservation Society


Regenerative Agriculture

Moderator: Bilge Keykubat – Apelasyon E-Magazine

Barbaros Vardar – The Awakening of The Soil Documentary
Berkay Tunalı – The Awakening of The Soil Documentary
Durukan Dudu – Anadolu Meraları

AFA Day 2 – 12 November 2021


Waste Free Kitchen & Restaurants

Cemre Torun – Food Writer, Consultant
Alican Karaca – Bundle Kitchen


The Climate Crisis and the Circular Food Order

Moderator: Semi Hakim – Kök Projekt

Aslı Elif Tanuğur Samancı – Bee’o Propolis
Barış Karapınar – Boğaziçi University 
Görkem Şimşek-Şenel – Wageningen UR
Onur İlhan – Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK)

Entrepreneur Presentations
Fatma Aktaş & Erhan Sandal – esular
Samet Köse – Local Greens
Murat Badur – Mayamilk

Session Partner


Emerging Sectors

Moderator: İrem Aksu – Açık Radyo

Ahmet Güney – Plant Factory
Ayça Dündar – SoluBlue
Dr. Faculty Member Berat Haznedaroğlu – Boğaziçi University
Duygu Yılmaz – Biolive


Annual Food Agenda Manifesto

Berkok Yüksel – Aposto!
Göksemin Gökalp Özdemir – G2O Consulting
Tuğçe Ergün Cireli –

Session Partner

Communication Partners

The Annual Food Agenda is a communication project under the support of EIT Food. EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, startups, research centers and universities from across Europe. It is one of eight Innovation Communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

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