26 May 2018

World Farmers’ Organisation General Assembly. Moscow 2018: 8th Edition

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The World Farmers' Organization General Assembly, the most significant event for the institutional life of the world farming community, opens under the sign of an innovative approach and a renewed dynamism. From 28 to 31 May 2018 at the Congress Hall of the Government of Moscow

Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2018 - WFO General Assembly annually convenes farmer leaders from all over the world, high-level representatives of international organizations, governments, private sector entities and civil society, who meet to confront on challenges and opportunities characterizing the agricultural sector at global level.

The theme of this year General Assembly is “Towards a Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda” with a view to promote the leading role of farmers and their organizations in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, providing a sustainable future for all.

No other economic sector in the world is impacted by the climate change more than the farmers! They are at the frontline of weather events that challenge their work daily, 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 farming systems worldwide.

Given the significant role farmers are called to play for the implementation of the global agenda of sustainable development, not only they deserve to be at the center of the decision-making process on agriculture, at local, national and international levels, but they are ready and willing to fulfill this critical role.
Considering the above, WFO intends to promote a completely reverted paradigm applying an authentic bottom up principle, where farmers are no longer targets but lead the political process on climate change and build a real “farmers driven climate change agenda” based on the best practices that they are already implementing as practical solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The WFO General Assembly will promote a thorough debate with the entire value chain, the research & development world and the multilateral institutions. 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.

The spotlight, therefore, is on an edition in which all the actors involved in the global agricultural sector are invited to work together in the search for effective solutions to climate change mitigation and adaption measures.

The WFO General Assembly will last four days and the first is dedicated to our interactive 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?
• Innovative Risk Management Tools to address Climate Change
• Advancing climate-smart agriculture along the food value chain

Thematic discussions on the key role played by farmers in achieving global food security; adapting to and mitigating climate change; fostering innovation to tackle climate change, promoting gender equity and generation renewal in agriculture, as well as, the importance of a fair access to the value chain and trade for the farmers will be at the core of the debate.

The second day will consist of Statutory and Internal Affairs session.

The third day is dedicated to the High-Level Panel Session. Dimitri Houtart, BBC Rural Affairs Champion & Radio 4 Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Editor, will moderate the debate.
The sessions will be composed of two parts. In the first part, farmers will present on their best practices to tackle the climate change and in the second one, the high-level of key stakeholders will be asked, “What are they currently doing or plan to do to support the farmers to develop resilience to the climate change or implement effective actions to mitigate it”.

The fourth day will be dedicated to farm visits around the Moscow area to promote knowledge sharing and best practices.

Find out more at www.wfo-oma.com/GA2018

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About the World Farmers’ Organisation:
The World Farmers’ Organisation is a member-based organisation bringing together national farmers’ organizations and agricultural cooperatives, from all over the world. Our aim is to strengthen the voice of food producers on the global scene, enhancing their relevance as economic, social and environmental actors. Currently, WFO has 82 members from 54 countries all over the world, representing approximately 1.5 billion farmers. WFO is the reference organization representing the farmers’ community in the United Nations processes including, among others, the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development, the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

To RSVP or schedule interviews, please contact:
Valeria Di Marzo
Communications Officer
TEL +39 06 42741158
EMAIL valeria.dimarzo@wfo-oma.org

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