World Agricultural Forum to debate future of food production

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2011 Forum: debating future of agriculture

2011 Forum: debating future of agriculture

Organisers of the 2011 World Agricultural Forum (WAF) are calling on all segments of society from business to government, NGOs and academics to discuss, debate and determine the future of agriculture.

The Forum, which takes place in Brussels, Belgium, from 28 November-1 December 2011, will explore three main themes: the issues, potential solutions and financial management for the future; with sessions ranging from agricultural productivity, finance, land availability, development, natural resource conservation and combating hunger.

Rt Hon James Bolger, chairman of the Advisory Board, WAF and former Prime minister of New Zealand, said: “In a world where uncertainty is the only consistent trend, can we reconcile the vulnerability of the small producers, who are virtually powerless in the food chain, with the enormous power of global food retailers; in other words what is fair across the whole of the food chain?”

Following on from the G20 meeting in November, organisers claim the World Agricultural Forum will offer a unique platform to address and re-think global agricultural systems to better serve the growing population.

Key topics include:

  • Links between political unrest and hunger
  • The role of South-South partnerships
  • Global trading systems/agricultural supply chains and market based solutions
  • Improved sustainability and the use of natural resources

Key note speakers include:

Hon. Clayton Yuetter, former US Agriculture Secretary and former US Trade Representative

Professor Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University

Dr Franz Fischler, chairman of RISE andformer European Commissioner of Agriculture

Rt.Hon James Bolger, chairman of the Advisory Board, WAF and former Prime minister of New Zealand

Professor Paolo De Castro, chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament

HE. N Kiran Kymar, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India

Lord Deben, former UK Minister of Agriculture and Environment