Registration to the #OFE2023 will give you first access 7 invited speakers, 24 ePresentations and conference proceedings with more than 25 original papers on OFE.

OFE Presentation
Conference Program

Conference Program Timeline

Day 1. Dec. 5 th 2023

Time (EST)



Welcome comment from conference chair. Presenting the goals and objective of the conference.


Welcome comment from Margaret Smith, Director of the Cornell University Ag Experiment Station


Keynote presentation by Marianne Cerf, INRAE, France


Explanation of the themes and initiation of breakout rooms


Breakout Room 1

Breakout Room 2

e-presentations on Strategy

e-presentations on Agronomy and Data & Tech


Q&A with authors of e-presentations

Q&A with authors of e-presentations


5-min. BREAK


Plenary 1: Managing complexity: Farmers adjusted mental models through experimental learning and incentives for change. Presenter: Andre van Rooyen


Plenary 1: Q&A


Plenary 2: ‘Above all, do no harm’ – co-developing cover crop seed mixes for high-value tree fruit within a living lab in British Columbia, Canada. Presenter: Paige Munro


Plenary 2: Q&A


Quick summary of the papers not e-presented in the conference on the topics: Strategy, Scaling & Policy, Agronomy, and Data & Tech.


Closing remark for Day 1

Day 2. Dec. 6 th 2023

Time (EST)



Welcome comment from conference chair. Reiterating the goals and objective of the conference.


Welcome address by Bram Govaerts, Director General of CIMMYT


Keynote presentation Shamie Zingore, APNI, Morocco


Explanation of the Implementation theme


e-presentations on Implementation


Q&A with authors of e-presentations


Quick summary of the papers not e-presented in the conference on the topic of Implementation


5-min. BREAK


Plenary 3: The value creation of OFE, output form the pre-conference workshops.


Plenary 3: Q&A


Best presentations winners, closing remark for Day 2

Day 3. Dec. 7 th 2023

Time (EST)



Welcome comment from Conference Chair. Reiterating the goals and objective of the conference.


Keynote presentation by Sébastien Anger, Ferme de l’Odyssée, Québec


Launching of the GOFEN: Network with purpose


GOFEN Q&A/discussion


5-min. BREAK


Chair explains the workshop themes and objectives and how to go in the different rooms: How to develop GOFEN


Room 1


Room 2

Scaling & Policy

Room 3


Room 4


Room 5

Data & Tech


Discussion summaries by room leaders


Conference wrap up.



Invited speakers

Welcome addresses

Margaret Smith profile
Margaret Smith

Associate Dean and Director, Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station
Professor, Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Since August 2020, Margaret Smith has served as the director of the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her research is primarily on field corn, but also includes work on sweet corn.

Bram Govaerts profile
Bram Govaerts

CIMMYT Director General

Govaerts is renowned for pioneering, implementing, and inspiring transformational changes for farmers and consumers in meeting the sustainable development challenges. He brings together multi-disciplinary science and development teams to integrate sustainable, multi-stakeholder and sector strategies that generate innovation and change in agri-food systems. His initiatives, excellence in science for impact and the partnerships he inspired have resulted in improved nutrition, nature conservation, and national and international resilience and food security.

Keynote speakers

Marianne Cerf profile
Marianne Cerf

Senior Researcher at INRAE, Associate Professor at AgroParisTech
University Paris-Saclay, INRAE, AgroParistech, UMR SADAPT, Palaiseau, France

Marianne Cerf is co-leading the Initiative for DEsign in Agrifood Systems (IDEAS) supported by INRAE (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) and AgroParisTech (an engineering teaching institute dedicated to living systems). IDEAS gathers around 100 scientists involved in interdisciplinary research and training programs related to designing for global transition. She conducts interdisciplinary research on agroecological transitions, professional transitions in agriculture, intermediation activities in agroecological transition processes. More recently, she has been addressing the reconfigurations of activities and skills within territorialized food systems.

Shamie Zingore profile
Shamie Zingore

Director, Research & Development, African Plant Nutrition Institute, Morocco

Shamie was born in northeast Zimbabwe and brought up in Harare. He worked for the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering as research assistant before studying for a Ph.D. at Wageningen University. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Zingore worked at TSBF-CIAT to implement regional projects that developed principles for improving management of fertilizers and organic nutrient resources within crop-livestock farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. He worked extensively with farmer groups, input suppliers and other stakeholders to develop innovations, build capacity, and promote information exchange on soil fertility management practices for enhancing productivity of agriculture in Africa.

Sébastien Anger profile
Sébastien Angers

Biodiversity designer and innovative farmer

Sébastien Angers has been practicing organic conservation agriculture on his farm in Ste-Monique de Nicolet since 2007. Trained as an agronomist, his passion has always been to optimize the potential of soil health. His aim is to minimize his interventions and help the land regain its natural biodiversity. To achieve this, he has relied on innovative farming designs, redefining the face of agriculture in Quebec. It’s a bit like permaculture on a grand scale.
Using his ingenuity, he has found and adapted specialized equipment enabling him to test a maximum number of different cover crops, thus maximizing the potential of plant synergies.
Curious and creative, his open-air laboratory allows him to be the accomplished artist he is today.