PROGRAM Towards a farmers driven climate change agenda

ABOUT GA 2018

There is no other economic sector in the world impacted by the climate change more than agriculture!

They are actually at the frontline of weather events that challenge their work on a daily basis, putting in strong threat their production and revenues. Most estimates also indicate that climate change is likely to challenge agricultural productivity, production stability and incomes in some areas that already have high levels of food insecurity. At the same time, the rapidly growing global population demands higher levels of food production, putting additional pressure on the farming systems worldwide.

The WFO General Assembly will promote a thorough debate with the entire value chain, the research & development world and the multilateral institutions on how to revert the paradigm that looks at farmers as targets and build a real farmers driven agenda based on the best practices that farmers are already implementing as practical solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The intent is to contribute to the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement, by proposing tailored solutions for each country, based on the National Determined Contributions (NDCs), but also for each sector of the farming system: crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry.

28 May

08:00 - 12:00

Registration

08:00 - 09:00

Meeting of WFO working group on Food Security (Hall Olymp)

09:30 - 13:00

Four parallel workshops:

  • Traditional Knowledge and Innovative Technology.
    How they can be combined to ensure sustainability in the Agricultural sector – Focus on Eastern Europe
  • Is organic farming a solution to climate change?
  • A Talanoa dialogue: sharing stories of climate change and innovative risk management tools
  • Advancing climate-smart agriculture along the food value chain

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Four parallel workshops – continuation from the morning

15:30 - 17:00

Meeting of WFO working group on Climate Change (Hall Olymp)

Moscow 2018 - Opening Ceremony

17:00 - 18:45

Cultural event - Russia

SPEAKERS:

Dr Theo De Jager President, World Farmers’ Organisation, WFO, South Africa

H.E. Mr Dmitry Pátrushev Minister for Agriculture, Russia

Ms Agustina Diaz Valdez Young farmer and President, Ateneo, Sociedad Rural Argentina, SRA, Argentina

Mr Ron Bonnett President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, CFA, Canada

Mr Toussaint N’Guessan President, World Cocoa Producers Organisation, OMCC-WCPO, Côte D’Ivoire

Dr William Rolleston Representative, Federated Farmers of New Zealand, FEDFARM, New Zealand

Mr Juha Marttila President, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, MTK, Finland

Mr Vladimir Plotnikov President, Association of Peasant Farms and Agricultural Cooperatives of Russia, AKKOR, Russia

19:00

Departure from the Venue to the Gala Dinner Location

19:30

Gala Dinner

29 May

WFO Statutory and Political discussion

08:00 - 09:30

WFO Constituencies’ meeting

09:30 - 18:00

Registration Open

09:30 - 11:00

WFO Ordinary internal session

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30

WFO Ordinary internal session

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

14:30 - 16:30

WFO Ordinary internal session

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:45

WFO Ordinary internal session

19:00

Departure from the Venue to the Reception Dinner Location

19:30

Reception Dinner

30 May

HIGH-LEVEL SESSION: Towards a farmers driven Climate Change agenda

09:00 - 09:45

SPEAKER:

Ms Danielle Nierenberg President and Founder, Food Tank

09:45 - 12:15

Innovative solutions for a sustainable agricultural sector

09:45 - 10:30

Stories from the field

SPEAKERS:

Best practice from Asia:
Mr Sok Sotha Lead Founder & Managing director, CFAP, Cambodia

Best practice from North America:
Mr Ron Bonnett President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, CFA - FCA, Canada

Best practice from Oceania:
Dr William Rolleston Representative, Federated Farmers of New Zealand, FEDFARM, New Zealand

10:30 - 11:00

Coffe Break

11:00 - 12:15

High-level panel of Experts

SPEAKERS:

Mr Vladimir Plotnikov President, AKKOR, Russia

Mr Joachim Rukwied President, Deutscher Bauernverband, DBV, Germany

Dr Devra Ivy Jarvis Principal Scientist, Bioversity International, and Research Coordinator, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, Italy

Ms Yvonne Harz-Pitre Director Communications & Public Affairs, International Fertilizer Association, IFA

Mr Mikheev Vladimir Communication Specialist, FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, Russia

MODERATOR:

Mr Michael Hoevel Managing Director of Marchmont Communications, Coordinator of Farming First, United Kingdom

12:15 - 13:30

Using the Insurance Schemes to harvest Data

High-level panel of Experts

SPEAKERS:

Mr Mark Watne Member of the Board of Directors, United States National Farmers Union, US NFU, USA

Mr Hiroyuki Kinoshita Special Advisor, JA Zenchu, Japan

Mr Ishmael Sunga CEO, SACAU, South Africa

Mr Roberto Moncalvo President, Coldiretti, Italy

Ms Irina Zodrow Head of Partnership Unit, UNISDR

Ms Hannelore Beerlandt CEO, Agricord, Brussels

MODERATOR:

Mr Michael Hoevel Managing Director of Marchmont Communications, Coordinator of Farming First, United Kingdom

13:30 - 14:45

Lunch

14:45 - 17:15

Viable and climate-resilient food chain for a sustainable agricultural sector

14:45 - 15:30

Stories from the field

SPEAKERS:

Best practice from Europe:
Ms Lone Andersen Vice-President, Danish Agriculture & Food Council, DAFC, Denmark

Best practice from Africa:
Farmer [TBC]

Best practice from Latin America:
Mr Balbino Benitez Escobar Vice-President, UAN, Paraguay

15:30 - 16:00

Coffe Break

16:00 - 17:15

High-level panel of Experts

SPEAKERS:

Ms Liza Leclerc Lead Technical Specialist, Environment and Climate Division, IFAD - via video link

Mr Robert Hunter Executive Director, Corp Protection at Crop Life International, Belgium

Mr Toussaint N’Guessan President, World Cocoa Producers Organisation, OMCC-WCPO, Côte D’Ivoire

Mr Khang Seok Yong General Manager, NACF - National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, South-Korea

MODERATOR:

Mr Michael Hoevel Managing Director of Marchmont Communications, Coordinator of Farming First, United Kingdom

17:15

Closure of the High-level session

17:15 - 18:00

WFO ordinary internal session

18:00

Moscow 2018 Closing Remarks

31 May

8:00

Farm Visit

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