North – South Family Farming: How to Respond to the Same Challenges?

06 Mar 2014

The World Farmers' Organisation, in cooperation with Copa-Copeca, organizes a one day event to exchange views on the main challenges of the family farming and the different ways to address these challenges in countries in various stages of development.
The morning session was dedicated to setting the scene and look at challenges that family farms face all around the world. In the afternoon, there were panel discussions and participants developed responses from family farms and examine the necessary policy tools to do it effectively.

Organisers: World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), Copa-Cogeca
Date: 19 February 2014, Copa-Cogeca offices, 61 rue de Trèves, 1040 Brussels, Belgium



9.00   Registration and welcome coffee

9.30   Opening speeches

  • Mr. Albert Jan Maat, President, Copa, Brussels
  • Mr. Piet Vantemsche, Board Member, WFO, Rome


SESSION 1  Moderator: Dr Marco Marzano de Marinis, Executive Director, WFO, Rome


9.45   World Bank overview on agriculture development and current challenges

10.00   Panel: Northern and Southern approaches

  • Mr. Gerd Sonnleitner, Goodwill Ambassador of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)
  • Mr. Daniel Gad, Ethiopian Horticulture Cooperative, Addis Adeba
  • Mr. Lorenzo Ramos, President, UPA, Madrid
  • Mr. Charles Ogang,  Farmer, UNFFE, Kampala

10.45   General debate

11.15   Panel: Responses from family farms

  • Dr. Evelyn Nguleka, President, ZNFU, Lusaka
  • Contribution from a non-EU country - Switzerland
  • Contribution from an EU Member State – FNSEA/LKÖ
  • Mr. Denis Kabiito, Young Farmers, UNFFE, Kampala


12.30   General debate

13.00   Networking lunch


SESSION 2  Moderator: Mr Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, Copa-Cogeca, Brussels


14.30   Panel: What policy tools are needed?

  • Mr. Gwilym Jones, Member of the Cabinet, DG Agri, Brussels
  • Ms. Catherine Ray, Member of the Cabinet, DG Devco, Brussels
  • Mr. Jervis Zimba, Vice President, WFO, Rome

15.45   Conclusions