Agriculture and rural development

Conference "Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world" (Brussels, 29 November 2013)

Conference "Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world" (Brussels, 29 November 2013)

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Conference "Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world" (Brussels, 29 November 2013)

The conference drew attention to the important role of family farming, the key challenges and priorities for the future, as well as address the best means of supporting family farms.

>> More on the concept and the importance of family farming

 

Programme

Summary of proceedings

Video recording

 

Speeches and presentations

"L'agriculture familiale : pour une agriculture plus durable et plus compétitive en Europe et dans le monde", Dacian Cioloş, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development 

"Expectations of the United Nations and FAO for the 2014 International Year of Family Farming", José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations

"An international agenda for family farming – exchanging views":

 

Workshop 1: Best practice in family farming

Outcome of workshop 1, Pierre Bascou, Head of Unit, Agricultural policy analysis and perspectives, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

 

Workshop 2: Access to new technology and research

  • Maira Dzelzkalēja, Vice-President, Latvian Farmers Parliament
  • Ika Darnhofer, Associate Professor, Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, Austria
  • Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Outcome of workshop 2, Tanja Gorišek, Head of Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Slovenia, EIP Network

 

Workshop 3: Organisation models to strengthen family farms

  • Helena Jonsson, President, Federation of Swedish Farmers
  • Krijn J. Poppe, Research Manager and Senior Economist, LEI Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Miklós Attila Szöcs-Boruss, Administrator, Eco Ruralis Romania, European Coordination Via Campesina
  • Christian Pèes, President, COGECA, European Farmers' Cooperatives

Outcome of workshop 3, José Maria Ceberio, Executive Secretary, World Rural Forum

 

Video message by HRH The Prince of Wales

 

High Level Panel discussion

“Expected outcomes of the International Year of Family Farming 2014 and International Policies in favour of Family Farming”  (watch the video recording)

  • Chair: Jerzy Plewa, Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations
  • Dacian Cioloş, European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ibrahim Coulibaly, President of the National Confederation of Farmers' Organizations of Mali and IYFF Special Ambassador for Africa  (change to original programme)
  • Tsedevdamba Oyungerel, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Member of the State Great Khural / Parliament of Mongolia

 

During the conference, the results of an online consultation on "the role of family farming, key challenges and priorities for the future" were presented.

>> More info on the online consultation

>> Read the summary of the outcome of the online consulation

 

The conference outcome will contribute to the FAO European Regional Conference (ERC) scheduled for 1-4 April 2014 in Bucharest, Romania, and to events related to family farming that will be organised in the course of 2014.