People Powered Agriculture

Field Visits

This year’s field visits have a strong focus on research and experimentation with farm visits to see the science in practice.

Coach transport has been arranged to/from the University Arms Hotel. Coaches will depart at 8am sharp and delegates should have breakfast before leaving.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at each field visit venue and we will stop at an English country pub for dinner following each visit.

A detailed itinerary for each field visit will be provided to participants closer to the event.

DRESS CODE: Please ensure you are wearing comfortable clothing, bring something warm and waterproof in case the weather is not on our side. We also suggest waterproof shoes – we will be visiting farms so it is likely to be muddy!

Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research has the longest-running agricultural field experiment in the world. It is famous for soil research. Their challenge-led science strategy, focused on finding economically and environmentally sustainable farming systems, has had significant international impact, from farm to policy level.

This field visit with a strong focus on science will provide insights into ongoing soil research and how crops may be adapted to changing soil conditions and climate.  It will also provide access to Rothamsted’s unique and renowned soil archive.

A visit to the onsite arable and meadow experiments will be complemented by a virtual tour of an experimental livestock farm in Devon, where scientists are recording the impact of various interventions on GHG emissions. Discussions will focus on how soil integrates with the agro-ecological system as a whole.

The afternoon will be spent at a demonstration farm to showcase regenerative agriculture principles in practice. 

The Allerton Project

The Allerton Project is a 320 hectare fully operational farm with 30 years’ experience in investigating the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment.  

From a practice-based perspective, this field visit will focus on biodiversity and the implementation of regenerative agricultural practices.

A farm tour will showcase a wide range of best practice examples for building farmland resilience, including more efficient water management, farm waste recycling and environmental habitat management.

The Allerton Project is a financially viable farm, successful in achieving high levels of production in parallel with high levels of biodiversity. Discussions will centre on the economics of regenerative agricultural practices.



Please note that the agenda will be regularly updated as speakers are confirmed. 

Dress Code: Business casual


Content and Speaker

08:00 – 08:30
Registration and welcome tea/coffee
08:30 – 08:35
Welcome and outline of agenda
Speaker: Sasha Twining, Master of Ceremonies
08:35 – 08:45
Introduction to 20-years of SAI Platform and People Powered Agriculture
Speaker: Dionys Forster, Director General, SAI Platform
08:45 – 09:15
Founding members reflect on SAI Platform’s journey and key achievements to date
Speaker: Yann Gael Rio of Danone, Pascal Chapot of Nestlé, and Lucas Urbano of Unilever
09:15 – 09:45
Insights from the field: SAI Platform is globally significant and locally relevant
We hear from farmers and partners across the various regions in which SAI Platform operates.
09:45 – 10:15
The challenges and opportunities facing both the current and next generation of farmers as we transition to a more sustainable food system
Speaker: John Jefferies, Director, Camgrain Stores Ltd
10:15 – 10.45
Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:45
Debate motion: This house believes that humanity cannot meet our NET Zero ambitions by 2050
Defending the motion: Joe Rushton, Brian Nash, Ari Ball-Burack
Against the motion: Rozanne Davis, Katharine Teague, Sam Sinclair
11:45 – 13:00
Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:30
Breakout sessions to discuss a common understanding and SAI Platform’s role in addressing the key themes of Climate, Nature and Livelihoods
14:30 – 15:15
Introduction to SAI Platform’s regenerative agriculture programme
15:15 – 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00
Examples of regenerative agriculture in practice
Speaker: Juan Carlos Ardila, General Manager, Cafexport
16:00 – 16:45
Panel Discussion: De-risking the transition to regenerative agriculture – what are the barriers and who pays?
Panelists: Iver Drabaek of Nordzucker, Antoine Denoix of Axa Climate, John Jeffries of Camgrain Stores Ltd and Leslie Berger of Southpole
16:45 – 17:15
Looking ahead at SAI Platform’s role, as an industry led collaborative initiative, in advancing the transformation towards a more resilient, thriving and sustainable agricultural sector
Speaker: Rob Meyers, VP Sustainable Agriculture, Global Sustainability, PepsiCo
17:15 – 17:30
Closing and summary of key takeaways
Speaker: Sasha Twining
19:30 - 22:30
SAI Platform 20th anniversary drinks reception & gala dinner in the ballroom of the University Arms Hotel

People Powered Agriculture

General Assembly


Content and Speaker

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome tea/coffee


Welcome and introduction – Robert Erhard, President

- Anti-Trust Statement
- Agenda GA 2022
- Outcome of pre-GA online vote on items requiring member approval
- Treasurer’s Report, Leon Mol, Treasurer
- Voting in of new ExCo & brief introduction (RE)


Robert Erhard, President

- Operationalising processes in line with strategy


Dionys Forster, Director General

- High level overview of year to date, changes & progress
- The changes and how we are moving towards more matrix organisation
- Introduction to Secretariat team

Looking to the Future

- What we want to achieve over coming years – opportunities, challenges
and addressing change
- The approach to expanding geographical presence


Q & A session


Closing of GA by President and handover to new ExCo


Member networking opportunity and sandwich lunch