WFO General Assembly 2013, Niigata, Japan

15 Apr 2013

It’s time to celebrate the third WFO General Assembly. Climate change, value chain, food security, women and youth will be the main items on the agenda.

The WFO General Assembly will be held in Niigata, Japan on Aprile 15-18 2013. It 's finally time to celebrate the third WFO General Assembly.Food Security, Climate Change, Value Chain and Women and Youth will be the main topics of the sesisons to be held in Toki Messe Centre, the giant Convention Center of Niigata. Many experts and prominent professionals will gather in this occasion.

The meeting represents an important opportunity to discuss the main issues of the agricultural world, WFO activities of the past year in support of the world’s farmers, and viable solutions for global agriculture related challenges.. WFO contributes to global food security and safety by bringing together farmers’ organisations from around the world and strengthening their roles in value chains. WFO also encourages farmers to participate actively in the development of sustainable agricultural policies and thus be part of the solution to climate change.



Monday, April 15, 2013


09.00 - 10.30            Registration and welcome coffee

10.30 - 11.00            Cultural Event

11.00 - 12.30         OPENING CEREMONY:
Mr Robert Carlson, President, WFO
Mr Akira Banzai, President, JA-Zenchu
H.O. Yoshimasa Hayashi, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Mr Hirohiko Izumida, Governor, Niigata Prefecture
Mr Akira Shinoda, Mayor, City of Niigata, Japan
Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria,Secretary-General, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome   

Business Report

Dr Marco Marzano de Marinis, Executive Director, WFO, Rome    
Mr Settimio Desideri, Head of Auditors, Auditors' Report

12.30 - 14.30        Lunch

14.30 - 16.30        Statutory Issues and Policy Issues

16.00 – 16.30    Coffee break

16.30 - 18.30       Statutory Issues and Policy Issues (contd)

19.30             Social Dinner

Hosted by Mr. Banzai


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


09.00 - 10.30        Session 1:        Climate change

Keynote: Mr Robert Carlson, President, WFO, Rome

Mr Vitoon Naewpanit, Chairman, Cooperative League of Thailand, Bangkok
Mr Robert Stefanski, Chief, Agricultural Meteorology Division Climate and Water Department, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Mr Sok Sotha, Managing Director, CFAP, Svay Rieng town, Cambodia

10.30 - 11.00            Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.30        Session 2:         Youth and Women


Keynote: Mrs Susan Carlson, Chairperson, Women Committee, WFO, Rome



Dr.Dinesh, Chief Executive, National Cooperative Union of India, New Delhi
Mr. Laurent Frantz, Vice-President, Ceja, Brussels

12.30 - 14.30        Lunch

14.30 - 16.00        Session 3:        Value Chain

Keynote: Mr Dominique Barrau, General Secretary, FNSEA, Paris

Mr Marcel Groleau, Vice President, The Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Ottawa
Mr Daniel Gad, Farmer, Omega Farms, Addis Abeba


Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (contd)


16.00 - 16.30            Coffee Break

16.30 - 18.00            Session 4:         Food Security

Keynote: Mr Luc Guyau, Independent Chairperson of the Council, FAO, Rome


Mr Toshiaki Tobita, Vice President, JA-Zenchu, Tokyo
Mrs Catherine Chimenya, President, NASFAM, Lilongwe
Mr Rajeev Chauhan, President, Himalayan Farmers Organisation, India, Shimla, India
Mr Werner Hilse, Vice President, DBV, Brussels

19.30 Social dinner

Hosted by Mr Robert Carlson