THE FUTURE WE WANT TO HARVEST
[WORKSHOPS DAY]

Connecting Farmers to Markets

Farmers are economic actors. As such, their aspiration is to expand their access to markets to sell produce most effectively. An efficient connection to the market, therefore, is at the basis of farmers' successful work, which includes margins for improving their business and investments.

Direct selling or as an intermediary, getting produce to the market means income for farmers. This workshop explores how farmers and the economy is to benefit by building bridges, in other words linking producers to purchasers. Without a link to markets, farmers are forced to sell crops a lower price; this is just one of the many problems faced by them.

09:00 - 09:30

Registration of Participants

09:30 - 11:00

Session 1: How to make market more transparent for farmers?


SPEAKERS:

 

Mr. James Mann,President, Farmers of North America, Ottawa, View Presentation

Ms. Barbara Patterson,Government Relations Director, NFU USA, Washington

Mr. Raul Roccatagliata,Trade Policy Manager, Sociedad rural Argentina, Buenos Aires, View Presentation

Mr. Sok Sotha,Managing Director, Cambodian Farmers Association, Phnom Penh

Dr. William Rolleston,President, FEDFARM, Wellington, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Arnaud Petit,Director Commodities and Trade, Copa-Cogeca, Brussels

 

Introduction to Session 1

Video 1

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: How to boost the local markets'initiative? The Farmers Market Case


SPEAKERS:

 

Ms. Arianna Giuliodori,Senior Policy Advisor, Coldiretti, Rome, View Presentation

Ms. Jacqueline David Mkindi,Agriculture, Business and Trade Expert, Arusha, Tanzania

Mr. Darin Von Ruden,President (Wisconsin Farmers Union), National Farmers' Union, Madison, USA, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Arnaud Petit,Director Commodities and Trade, Copa-Cogeca, Brussels

 

Introduction to Session 2

Video 1

Video 2

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:00

Session 3: How new technologies may help farmers to put their production on the market?


SPEAKERS:

 

Mr. Régis Dubourg,General Director, APCA, Paris, View Presentation

Mr. Dyborn Chibonga,Chief Executive Officer, NASFAM, Lilongwe, View Presentation

Ms. Dimakatso Sekhoto,Director, Makolobane Farmers Enterprises, Senekal, South Africa, View Presentation

Rose Akaki,Member, Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), Kampala, WFO's Women Committee, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Arnaud Petit,Director Commodities and Trade, Copa-Cogeca, Brussels

 

Introduction to Session 3

Video 1

Video 2

The role of forestry for farmers and their organizations in a changing climate

The functioning and management of forests are critical to reduce climate change ('climate change mitigation'), and reduce the net GHG emissions into the atmosphere ('emissions abatement') while forestry also provides possibilities for adapting to changing climate.

In this framework, farmers remain the key player, as they have to deal with the changing climate in their everyday activities as for long-term planning. Farmers can also contribute for mitigation concretely through climate-smart practices.

This workshop aims to identify challenges and solutions to achieve a sustainable management of forests in a changing climate, also in light of the recently adopted agendas set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Paris Agreement.

In the last session, Forest and Farm Facility of FAO, and partnership between FAO-IIED and IUCN, International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA) and the Finnish Agri-Agency for Food and Forest Development (FFD) will present a paper prepared by the Finnish Environment Institute, that analyzes relevant and recent practical cases deriving from forest owners' and users' organizations supporting small scale farmers in the field of forestry and its linkages to climate governance.

09:00 - 09:30

Registration of Participants

09:30 - 11:00

Session 1: Forest farming as a solution to mitigate the climate change


OPENING SPEECH

 

Ms. Satu Santala,Director General of Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Helsinki

 

SPEAKERS:

 

Mr Bjørn Gimming,Vice President, Norwegian Farmers' Union, BONDELAG, Oslo, View Presentation

Ms. Anette Engelund Friis,Head of Partnerships & Outreach, CGIAR Research Program Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security CCAFS, Frederiksberg, Denmark, View Presentation

Dr. Yvonne Harz-Pitre,PhD, Director Communications & Public Affairs, International Fertilizer Association, IFA, Paris, View Presentation

Dr. Zerfu Hailu,Senior Adviser, Finnish Agri-Agency for Food and Forest Development, Helsinki, Vew Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Dr. Ceris Jones, Policy Advisor, NFU, Stoneleigh, UK, WFO Climate Change Working Group Facilitator

 

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: Innovative methodologies to strengthen forest farmers' adaption capacity


SPEAKERS:

 

Mr. Robert Stefanski,Chief, Agricultural Meteorology Division, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland, View Presentation

Dr. Lennart Ackzell,Senior Advisor International Affairs, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF), Stockholm

Mr. Peter deMarsh,Chair, International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA), Brussels

Dr. Theo de Jager,President, SACAU, Centurion, South Africa, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Dr. Ceris Jones,Policy Advisor, NFU, Stoneleigh, UK, WFO Climate Change Working Group Facilitator

 

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:00

Session 3: Role of forest small scale farmers and their organizations in a changing climate


SPEAKERS:

 

Dr. Salla Rantala,Senior Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Vuew Presentation

Ms. Sophie Grouwels,Forestry Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Rome

Ms. Bharati Pathak,General Secretary, Federation of Community Forestry Users, Duwakot, Nepal, View Presentation

Mr. Laban Mgimba,Secretary General, Tanzania forestry APEX, Iringa, Tanzania

 

MODERATOR:

 

Ms. Tiina HuvioProgramme Director, Finnish Agri-agency for Food and Forest Development FFD, Helsinki

 

Cooperatives: success factors and challenges

Cooperatives are a world-wide phenomenon. They play a key role in all continents. Cooperatives employ approximately 250 million people worldwide and over one billion people are members in cooperatives around the world.

In some countries, Finland as an example, there are more members in cooperatives than citizens in the country. But, still, cooperatives and their advantages are often poorly known. The scope of this workshop is on agricultural farmer-owned cooperatives.

During the workshop's sessions we would like panelists and participants to answer the following questions: "why do we need them?", "how do we take best possible benefit from them?" and "do we recognize what the cooperative values and principles are like and how should they appear in farmer cooperatives?"

09:00 - 09:30

Registration of Participants

09:30 - 11:00

Session 1: How do we increase members in cooperatives' commitment


SPEAKERS:

 

Ms. Kati Partanen,Member of the Board, MTK, Helsinki, Facilitator of WFO Women's Committee

Dr. Petri Ollila,Professor, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, View Presentation

Ms. Anne Jødahl Skuterud,Chairman of Board of Directors, Norske Felleskjøp, Oslo

Mr. Gunsham Seeborun,President, Falcon Citizen League, Port Louis

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Kari Huhtala,Director, Cooperatives Branch, PELLERVO, Helsinki

 

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: Cooperation within and across cooperatives (4 parallel discussion tables)


SPEAKERS:

 

Dr. Iiro Jussila,Professor, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland, View Presentation

  • Table 1: Trust and Values
  • Table 2: Consumers and producers in cooperation - cooperative perspective
  • Table 3: Cooperation between CEO and member-governance
  • Table 4: Why do we need producer cooperatives

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Kari Huhtala,Director, Cooperatives Branch, PELLERVO, Helsinki

 

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:00

Session 3: How to develop competence in cooperatives


SPEAKERS:

 

Dr. Jos Bijman,Associate Professor, Wageningen Unversity, Wageningen, Netherlands, View Presentation

Mr. Marcel Groleau,Vice-President, CFA-FCA, Ottawa

Mr. Metehan Erel,Secretary General, Turkish Cyprus Cooperatives, North Nicosia

Mr. Nguyen Dac Thang,Vice President, Vietnam Cooperatives Alliance, Hanoi

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Kari Huhtala,Director, Cooperatives Branch, PELLERVO, Helsinki

 

Sustainable livestock production as key to human development

Livestock farming is under pressure. It is assumed to contribute both directly and indirectly to climate change through the emissions of greenhouse gases. It can have an impact on public health by reducing transmission of diseases from animals to humans and it has the potential to tackle the antimicrobial resistance challenge. As such, livestock production can contribute to the achievement of a wide range of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Three important challenges to livestock production will be addressed in this workshop. First, sustainable growth of livestock farming, based on the three principles of improving resource efficiency, strengthening resilience and securing social equity and responsibility of livestock production systems. In a second session, challenges to improving animal health and welfare will be addressed, with an emphasis on the control on sheep and goat plague (PPR) and antimicrobial resistance. Thirdly, the assumed contribution of livestock to climate changes is debated. Opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock will be investigated.

09:00 - 09:30

Registration of Participants

09:30 - 11:00

Session 1: Sustainable Livestock Production: Recent trends, future prospects


SPEAKERS:

 

Ms. Kristin Ianssen,Farmer and former Vice President, Norwegian Farmers' Union, Oslo, View Presentation

Mr. Franck Berthe,Coordinator, Livestock Global Alliance

Dr. Luis Miguel Etchevehere,President, Sociedad Rural Argentina, Buenos Aires, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Koen Mintiens,Veterinary Advisor, Boerenbond, Leuven, Belgium, Facilitator of the WFO Working Group on Livestock

 

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: Animal Welfare in Animal Agriculture: Antimicrobial resistance and sheep and goat plague need a global response


SPEAKERS:

 

Ms. Jaana Husu-Kallio,Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Helsinki

Mr. Denis Kabiito,Uganda National Young Farmers Association Coordinator, UNFFE, Kampala, View Presentation

Dr. Jean Philippe Dop,Deputy Director General for Institutional Affairs and Regional Actions, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Paris, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Koen Mintiens,Veterinary Advisor, Boerenbond, Leuven, Belgium, Facilitator of the WFO Working Group on Livestock

 

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:00

Session 3: Livestock farmers to improve productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions


SPEAKERS:

 

Mr. Matthew Hooper,Counsellor (Primary Industries), Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO, New Zealand Embassy, Rome, View Presentation

Mr. Charles Ogang,President, UNFFE, Kampala, View Presentation

Mr. Fritz Glauser,Vice-President, Swiss Farmers Union, Brugg, Switzerland, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Koen Mintiens,Veterinary Advisor, Boerenbond, Leuven, Belgium, Facilitator of the WFO Working Group on Livestock

 

Risk Management: A Success Strategy for the Future of Agriculture

This workshop develops a conceptual framework to analyse risk management strategies, takes stock of current policy measures, and analyses the exposure of the agriculture sector to risk. The sources of risk in agriculture are numerous and diverse. The markets for agricultural inputs and outputs have a direct incidence on farming risk, particularly through prices. A diversity of hazards related to weather, pests and diseases or personal circumstances determine production in ways that are outside the control of the farmer.

This workshop explores what best can be done to help farmers overcome such risks while ensuring sustainable growth.

09:00 - 09:30

Registration of Participants

09:30 - 11:00

Session 1: Creating a culture of risk management for farmers


SPEAKERS:

 

Mr. Norm Hall,Vice-President, Canadian federation of Agriculture (CFA), Ottawa, View Presentation

Mr. Mark Watne,President, North Dakota Farmers' Union, Bismarck, USA, View Presentation

Mr. Max Schulman, Advisor, MTK, Helsinki

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Jan O. F. Laustsen,Director, Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Copenhagen

 

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: What does represent a risk in farmers' activity and how to manage it


SPEAKERS:

 

Mr. Matthew Hooper,Counsellor (Primary Industries), Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO, New Zealand Embassy, Rome, View Presentation

Mr. Pieter Verhelst,Board Member, Boerenbond, Leuven, Belgium, Facilitator of WFO's working group on value chain

Mr. Bernard Krüsken,CEO, Deutscher Bauernverband (DBV), Berlin, View Presentation

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Jan O. F. Laustsen,Director, Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Copenhagen

 

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:00

Session 3: From mitigation to eradication: viable solutions to manage risk in agriculture


SPEAKERS:

 

Mr. Arnold Puech d'Alissac,Vice-President, Federation Nationale Des Syndicats D'Exploitants Agricoles (FNSEA), Paris, View Presentation

TBC Representative from UK

 

MODERATOR:

 

Mr. Jan O. F. Laustsen,Director, Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Copenhagen

 

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