Ewald Wermuth new chair Agreement

Ewald Wermuth is the new chair of the IRBC Agreement for the Food Products Sector. The Steering Committee has ratified his appointment this week.

During his career, Wermuth has worked in various positions for agriculture and food, chain sustainability, development cooperation and international trade, both in the Netherlands and abroad. "It is fantastic that the Dutch food industry, supermarkets, trade unions, government and social parties have joined forces with the food products agreement. This cooperation is indeed desperately needed to make the many supply chains in the food sector more sustainable. As chair, I fully support that ambition and I want to take concrete steps forward with all parties in the next three years. A lot is already happening, but a lot still needs to be done," says Wermuth.

Ewald Wermuth is a senior fellow (and former director) of the European Center for Development Policy Management, an independent think tank focused on inclusive and sustainable policy development in Europe and Africa. Before that, he was Director of the International Public Affairs at the Sustainable Trade Initiative, which focuses on making international trade and global supply chains more sustainable by stimulating public-private partnerships.

In addition, Wermuth is chairman of the foodFIRST coalition, a collaboration platform of the Dutch ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, the business community, NGOs and knowledge institutes to promote agriculture in Africa. He is also acting director of the Socires foundation think tank. He held senior policy and management positions at various ministries and the Product Board for Margarine, Fats and Oils.


His international experience includes appointments as ambassador / permanent representative to various UN food and agriculture organizations. He was also Chairman and / or Board Member of the International Commodities Organizations (coffee, cocoa, grain) in London and Chairman of the OECD ad hoc Group on Food Safety, reporting to the G8 Summit in Okinawa, Japan.