One Earth Soil and Root Health Forum
1st March 2021

Healthy and environmentally sustainable food systems start with soil and root health.

9:00 – 9:15am UTC +1

Keynote’s speeches

Erik Fyrwald
Syngenta Group CEO, Chairman of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

African Union (tbc)

Food and Agriculture Organization
Dr Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

9:15 – 10:00am UTC +1

Opening session – Let’s talk soil and root health! Why does it matter and what can we do to protect and enhance it?
Why is soil and root health important, how can we increase yields sustainably and what is the role of technology?


Redi Tlhabi
Member of the UN Global Journalists Corps, author and award-winning broadcaster 


Dr. Michael Misiko
Africa Agriculture Director, The Nature Conservancy  

Mandla Nkomo
Managing Director for Southern Africa, Solidaridad

Prof Richard Sikora
Former Head Soil-Ecosystem Phytopathology, University of Bonn

Steve Maund
Head CP R&D Sustainability, Syngenta  

10:05 – 10:50am UTC +1

Solutions focused parallel sessions.
There’s something for everyone! Commercial farmers, smallholders and speakers of different languages.

Maghreb / Français
Les maladies du sol et l’importance d’un système racinaire sain
10:05 – 10:50am UTC +1

Moderator: Samira Amellal – Director General / CEO at CropLife Africa Middle East
Samia Gargouri – National Institute of Agronomic Research of Tunisia
Salah Lamouch – RCM President
Haithem Jeriri – Syngenta

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Türkiye / Türkçe
Toprak kaynaklı hastalıklar ve sağlıklı kök sisteminin önemi
10:05 – 10:50am UTC +1

Dr Kamil Yılmaz – TAREKS AŞ genel müdür yardımcısı
Dr Gül Erginbaş-Orakcı
– Araştırma Görevlisi, Uluslararası Mısır ve Buğday Geliştirme Merkezi CIMMYT
Erdem Ergin – Syngenta

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الأمراض التى تنتقل عن طريق التربة و أهمية وجود مجموع جذري سليم و صحي جمهورية مصر العربية ـ منطقة الشرق الأوسط
من 10:05 إلى 10:50 غرينتش+1

المشرف : محسن أبو رحاب ـ نائب رئيس معهد امراض النبات
مدحت مراد : نائب الرئيس السابق لمعهد امراض النبات
رائد شاهين ـ سينجينطا

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Sub-Saharan Africa / English
No till technologies and seed treatment for soil and root health
10:05 – 10:50am UTC +1

Moderator: Morgan Nzwere – CEO Seed Co Group 
Dr Dave Minkey – Executive Director, WANTFA (West Australian No Till Farmers Association)
Don White – Agventure
Palle Pedersen – Syngenta
Ignacio Ardanaz – Rizobacter

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South Africa / English
The state of nematode pressure in South Africa and its impact on plant root and soil health
10:05 – 10:50am UTC +1

Moderator: Mieke Daniels – Agricultural Research Council
Driekie Fourie – North West University

Stefan Van Zyl – Syngenta

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Sub-Saharan Africa / English
Supporting smallholder farmers to improve the health and fertility of their soils: opportunities for public and private sectors to engage
10:05 – 10:50am UTC +1

Panel Moderator: Prof. Jean Jacque Mbonigaba Muhinda – Executive Secretary of ASARECA
Dr Grace Chirchir – Senior Assistant Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
Dr. Sebastian Brahene – Sustainable soil management specialist, FAO 

Step Aston – Agriculture Research & Strategy Manager, One Acre Fund
Dr. Fatunbi Oluwole – Lead specialist: Innovation Systems and Partnerships, FARA
Dr. Dominik Klauser – Syngenta Foundation

10:55 – 11:30am UTC +1

Closing session – Discussion on conclusions and next steps. 
Path towards the United Nations Food Systems Summit. Path to achieving the goals outlined in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by all United Nations Member States and the 2025 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods adopted by African Union Heads of State and Government.  


Neva Sadıkoğlu-Nováky
Business Sustainability Lead AME, Syngenta


Dr. Abdelfattah A. DABABAT
Senior Scientist, Country Representative for Turkey, CIMMYT

Yemi Akinbamijo
Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

Debisi Araba
Managing Director, African Green Revolution Forum

Azariah Soi
President, AFSTA 

Luc Henry
Seedcare Head AME, Syngenta

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