WFO General Assembly, 2015, Milan Italy

13 Jan 2014

The 5th WFO General Assembly will be held in Milan, Italy on 24 - 27 June, 2015, in occasion of the EXPO 2015.

The venue will be "Politecnico of Milan".

Many experts and prominent professionals will take part to the event.

Consult the GA2015 website to catch all the information and consult the program of the event.

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    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
16.00 - 18.00   Registration and welcome coffee
18.00 - 20.00   Opening Ceremony

Mr Giovanni Azzone, Rector, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Mr Roberto Moncalvo, President, Coldiretti, Rome
Mr Mario Guidi, President, Confagricoltura, Rome
Mr Secondo Scanavino, President, Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori, Rome
Mr Aldo Mattia, Acting President, Unione Europea delle Cooperative UE COOP, Rome
Ms Monique Eloit, Elected Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, Paris
Mr Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC
Dr Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, FAO, Rome
Mr Rasit Pertev, Secretary of International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, Rome
Ms Ann Tutwiler, Secretary General, Bioversity International, Rome
Dr Evelyn Nguleka, Acting President, World Farmers’ Organisation, WFO, Rome
20.00   Social Dinner


    Thursday, June 25, 2015
9.00 – 10.00   ORDINARY SESSION

Speech of the Acting President
Dr Evelyn Nguleka, Acting President, WFO, Rome
Dr Marco Marzano de Marinis, Executive Director, WFO, Rome
Auditors’ Report
Mr Settimio Desideri, Head of Auditors, WFO, Rome
10.00 - 11.30  
  • Adoption of New Members and voting rights
  • Discussion and approval of WFO 2014 General Assembly Minutes
  • Nomination of Presidential candidates and Board Member candidates
  • Discussion and approval of WFO 2014 final budget and 2015 and 2016 provisional budgets, as well as of the accompanying reports
11.30 - 11.45   Coffee Break
11.45 - 13.30   (contd.) ORDINARY SESSION

  • Discussion and adoption of WFO 2015 Farmers' Declaration
  • Discussion and review of establishment of WFO Working Groups: Food Security, Value Chain, Climate Change and Livestock.
  • Discussion and approval of amendments to WFO Statutes
13.30 - 14.30   Lunch

  • Discussion and approval of amendments to WFO Statutes
15.15 - 15.30   Coffee Break
15.30 - 18.30   ORDINARY SESSION

  • Discussion and approval of amendments to WFO Rules of Procedure
  • Discussion and approval of establishment of WFO Standing Committee for Young Farmers and related bylaws
  • Discussion and approval of amendments to bylaws of WFO Standing Committee for Women Farmers
  • Discussion and approval of WFO 2016 Membership, Association and Affiliation Fees; Status of membership fees due from previous years and ensuing action
  • Discussion and approval of WFO 2016 General Assembly venue
  • Election of WFO President and Board Members by plenary session
  • Sundry matters
18.30   Press Conference
19.00   Social Dinner


    Friday, June 26, 2015
09.00 - 09.30   Key Note Speech
Mr. Maurizio Martina, Minister, Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Rome
09.30 - 11.00   Session 1: Responding to the Nine Billions World Population with Sustainable, Equitable and inclusive Solutions

Dr. Evelyne Nguleka, Acting President, WFO, Rome
Mr. Roberto Moncalvo, President, Coldiretti, Rome
Mr. Aggrey Mahanjana, Secretary General, AFASA, Johannesburg
Mr. Toshiaki Tobita, Vice President, JA Zenchu, Tokyo
Ms. Marcela Villareal, Director, OCP, FAO, Rome
Mr. Carlo Lambro, Member of the’Executive Council of CNH Industrial and President, New Holland Agriculture, Turin, Italy
Mr. Giorgio Calabrese, President, Italian Committee on Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Rome
Mr. Xavier Beulin, President, Fédération nationale des syndicats d'exploitants agricoles FNSEA, Paris

Mr. Roberto Arditti, Journalist, Rome
11.00 - 11.15   Coffee Break
11.15 - 13.00   Session 2: Smart Solutions for Facing Climate Evolution

Mr. Ron Bonnett, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture CFA, Ottawa
Mr. Joachim Rukwied, President, Deutschen Bauernverbandes DBV, Berlin
Mr. Riccardo Valentini, Nobel Prize Laureate, Rome
Ms. Livia Pomodoro, President, Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, Milan
Mr. François Pythoud, Head, International Sustainable Agriculture, Federal Office for Agriculture, Berne, Switzerland
Ms. Charlotte Hebebrand, Secretary General, International Fertilizer Industry Association IFA, Paris
Mr Sok Sotha, Managing Director, Cambodian Farmers Association Federation of Agricultural Producers CFAP, Phnompenh, Cambodia

Ms. Joylene van Wyk, Journalist, Landbouweekblad, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa
13.00 - 14.00   Lunch
14.00 - 15.45   Session 3: Meeting growing Agricultural Challenges with Innovative Solutions

Mr. Mario Guidi, President, Confagricoltura, Rome
Ms. Helena Jonsson, President, Swedish Farmers LRF, Stockholm
Mr. Secondo Scanavino, President, CIA, Rome
Mr. Mark Holderness, Secretary General, Global Forum on Agricultural Research GFAR, Rome
Mr. Bernd Naaf, Member of the Board of Management, Bayer, Munich, Germany
Mr. Kurt Weinberger, President, International Organisation of Agricultural Production Insurers AIAG, Vienna
Ms. Gerda Verburg, Chair, Committee on World Food Security, Rome
Dr. William Rolleston, Federated Farners of New Zealand, FFNZ, Wellington

Mr. Jerry Hagstrom, Journalist, The Hagstrom Report, Washington D.C.
15.45 - 16.00   Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.45   Session 4: From Farm to Market, responding to a Social Mandate from Agroprenaurial Perspective

Mr. Piet Vanthemsche, President, Borenbord, Brussels
Mr. Vladimir Plotnikov, President, Akkor, Moscov
Mr. Hans Joehr, Head of Agriculture, Nestlé, Vevey, Switzerland
Mr. Matteo Bartolini, President, Conseil Européen des Jeunes Agriculteurs CEJA, Brussels
Mr. Lucio Gomiero, CEO, Ferrero Hazelnut Company, Luxemburg
Mr. Theo de Jager, President, Pan African Farmers’ Organization, PAFO, Nairobi
Mr. Mildred Crawford, President, Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers, JNRWP, Kingston

Ms. Mariangela Pira, Journalist, Milano Finanza, Milan, Italy
17.45   Closing Ceremony
18.00   Press Conference


    Saturday, June 27, 2015
09.00 - 18.00   Visit to the EXPO Milan