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Speaker Interview: Ashish Gadnis

Get to know the thought leaders sharing their insights at the Future Food Systems event (25-26 January, Online | 2 March, London) in our dedicated speaker interview series.


Independent Forums: What is your favorite food?

Ashish Gadnis: Lechona con arepa – Colombian street food

Independent Forums: Who or what has inspired you this year and why?

Ashish Gadnis: A smallholder mama farmer on the Zambia/Congo border because she is banked and supporting her family and she did it all by herself.

Independent Forums: What is your biggest source of motivation?

Ashish Gadnis: The poorest mama farmers and poorest mama waste pickers.

Independent Forums: How would you describe a typical day?

Ashish Gadnis: 19-20 hours working at BanQu, rest for sleep and prayer.

Independent Forums: What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Ashish Gadnis: I love reggaeton, salsa, bachata, cumbia and vallenato music.

Independent Forums: What’s one thing about your organization that you wish more people knew?

Ashish Gadnis: That sustainable, transparent, traceable & equitable supply chains are profitable not just philanthropy.

Independent Forums: Where do you see the biggest opportunity for transformation within the food system?

Ashish Gadnis: Solve climate change, extreme poverty and gender inequality simultaneously.

Independent Forums: What are you most looking forward to at Future Food Systems 2022?

Ashish Gadnis: Looking forward to learning from the rest of the folks and sharing the voice of the poorest mama smallholder farmers who we work for.


Ashish will be speaking in the 'Innovating at Pace to Build Supply Chain Resilience' session on 25 January 2022.

Register here to join the conversation.


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