Working Groups
Food Security Working Group
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Maximilian Dieter works as a Policy Advisor at the representation of the German Farmers´ Association in Brussels. He studied Politics, International Relations and European Law and holds degrees from Institut d´études politiques Paris and Lancaster University in the UK. In the past, he has interned with the German Embassy in London, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the United Nations. Coming from a region of winegrowers in Southern Germany he is delighted to serve German farmers in Brussels and contribute to the success of the WFO Working Group on Food Security. Maximilian Dieter
FACILITATOR DBV, Germany MAIL
Photo Prince Kapondamgaga FUM, Malawi MAIL
Photo Saquina Mucavele MUGEDE, Mozambique MAIL
Photo Sopheap Touch CFAP, Cambodia MAIL
Photo Ryuichiro Yoshizawa JA ZENCHU, Japan MAIL
PhotoSeppo KallioFinland - MTKMAIL
PhotoBeat RoosliSFU, SwitzerlandMAIL
PhotoRaul RoccatagliataSRA, ArgentinaMAIL
PhotoScott RossCanada - CFAMAIL
Climate Change Working Group
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Dr Ceris Jones is the NFU's climate change advisor. She has a background in national and international research and industry, covering agricultural and environmental issues. She has been with the NFU for eight years dealing with all aspects of climate change. She is the facilitator of the WFO's climate change working group and is the focal point for the Farmers Constituency in the UNFCCC process. Ceris Jones
FACILITATOR NFU, UK MAIL
Photo Gunsham Seeborun FCL, Mauritius MAIL
Photo Cryspin Kayitare INGABO, Rwanda MAIL
Photo Sok Sotha CFAP, Cambodia MAIL
Photo Tobias Gräs DAFC, Denmark MAIL
Photo Carole Le Jeune FNSEA, France MAIL
Photo Franck Annau CFA-FCA, Canada MAIL
Value Chain Working Group
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Since December 2017, Paolo Di Stefano is the Head of the Brussels' office of Coldiretti, the main Italian and European farmers' organization. With his office, Mr Di Stefano represents Coldiretti at EU and International level, working closely with European institution on agri-food dossiers. Previously, he had been the Head of Confagricoltura Brussels' office from 2013 to 2017. Paolo Di Stefano
FACILITATOR Coldiretti, Italy MAIL
PhotoPrince KapondamgagaFUM, MalawiMAIL
PhotoPaul ZakariyaZFU, ZimbabweMAIL
PhotoSovanthy MeasCFAP, CambodiaMAIL
PhotoShamsolkamal Budiman Bin Abdul RashidNAFAS, MalaysiaMAIL
PhotoKatie JarvisNFU, UKMAIL
PhotoHildegunn GjengedalNORGES BONDELAG, NorwayMAIL
PhotoBalbino Benitez EscobarUAN, ParaguayMAIL
PhotoEzequiel de FreijoSRA, ArgentinaMAIL
Livestock Working Group
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Gary Wertish was elected Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President in January of 2017. Previously he served as MFU Vice President from 2009 until his election to President. With a long history of Farmers Union service, President Wertish has been on the Farmers Union Industries Board of Directors, past MFU and National Farmers Union policy committees, and worked as a MFU Field Representative and Renville County Farmers Union President. Gary Wertish
FACILITATOR NFU, USA MAIL
PhotoPeter Benjamin Purcell-GilpinCFU, ZimbabweMAIL
PhotoPaul ZakariyaZFU, ZimbabweMAIL
PhotoRatha TepCFAP, CambodiaMAIL
PhotoMichael TreacyIFA, IrelandMAIL
PhotoTrine Vig TamstorfDAFC, DenmarkMAIL
PhotoJuan Josè Grigera NaonSRA, ArgentinaMAIL
Cooperatives Working Group
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Mr. Khang is General Manager of the International Cooperation Office at National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF). He has great passion towards improving the livelihood of farmers and raising the annual income per farming household. Additionally, he strongly believes that cooperatives can be a substantive alternative to businesses and that 'cooperation among cooperatives' will create more business opportunities and enable cooperatives to grow altogether. Seok-Yong Khang
FACILITATOR NACF, South Korea MAIL
PhotoGunsham SeeborunFCL, MauritiusMAIL
PhotoOmri van ZylAGRI SA, South AfricaMAIL
PhotoPhanuwat WanrawayCLT, ThailandMAIL
PhotoHamid Bin SulaimanNAFAS, MalaysiaMAIL
PhotoOla HedsteinLANDBRUKSSAMVIRKE, NorwayMAIL
PhotoKari HuhtalaPELLERVO, FinlandMAIL
Innovation Working Group
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He specializes in Innovation Science and Research, hatches innovative ideas develops models, frameworks, strategies, Institutional framework and mobilizes finances to execute them. He also designs Financial Innovations through Entrepreneurship and Investment. Hailing from a family farm and cooperative background Nelson has served the Ghanaian and African farming communities pro bono, including being Secretary General of Coalition of Farmers Ghana (COFAG) and CEO of West Africa Farmers Alliance (WAFA) among others. Nelson Agyemang
FACILITATOR COFAG, Ghana MAIL
PhotoCryspin KayitareINGABO, RwandaMAIL
PhotoPaluku Mivimba MethusalemCONAPAC, Dem. Rep of CongoMAIL
PhotoYoungwoon ChoiNACF, South KoreaMAIL
PhotoAmbra RaggiColdiretti, ItalyMAIL
PhotoTomás PalazonSRA, ArgentinaMAIL
Women Committee
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Ms. Kati Partanen is farmer in the family farm located in central Finland. The farm is producing mainly grain and oilseeds. She is facilitator and chair of the WFO Women’s Committee and member of the board in the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, Finland (MTK). She’s also member of the board in LocalTapiola General Mutual Insurance Group. Kati is also working as a senior lecturer of farm economics in Savonia University of Applied Sciences. Her education is M.Sc in agriculture economics. Kati Partanen
FACILITATOR MTK, Finland MAIL
PhotoDimakatso SekhotoAFASA, South AfricaMAIL
PhotoSaquina MucaveleMUGEDE, MozambiqueMAIL
PhotoZeinab Ahmad Mohamad AlmomanySUFWJ, JordanMAIL
PhotoFrancesca GironiItaly - ColdirettiMAIL
PhotoAdela NoresSRA, ArgentinaMAIL
PhotoGabriela ZarateUAN, ParaguayMAIL
Youth Committee
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Denis Kabiito is biologist, a farmer, fisheries scientist and aqua culturist of 33 years.He is the national coordinator / CEO for the Young Farmers'Federation of Uganda formally referred to as National Young Farmers Association, An umbrella body for all young farmers and aspiring young entrepreneurs in Uganda. UNYFA has intentions of improving the livelihoods of rural youth country wide and thereby build a young vibrant force of farmers that will fit into the national farmers union (UNFFE). Denis Kabiito
FACILITATOR UNYFA, Uganda MAIL
PhotoGeoffrey OkotUNYFA, UgandaMAIL
PhotoMahess RoopunFCL, MauritiusMAIL
PhotoSorachna KoeutCFAP, CambodiaMAIL
PhotoYasuyuki KobayashiJA Zenchu, JapanMAIL
PhotoAgustina Diaz ValdezSRA, ArgentinaMAIL
PhotoNatalia BenitezUAN, ParaguayMAIL
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