This two-day event provided an opportunity for a broad exchange of views on the state of agriculture, and the global issues which lie ahead.
Some four hundred stakeholders took part in the conference upon invitation by the Commission. They represented EU institutions, governments and international organisations, those involved in the food chain, the socio-professional sector, market experts, academics and think tanks, and the broader civil society.
On the first day of the conference, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and US Secretary for Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the challenges facing the farm sector.
In addition, high-level panel discussions took place highlighting the challenge for agriculture to provide food in an environmentally sustainable way while adapting to/mitigating the effects of climate change. The functioning of the food supply chain was also at the centre of the debates. Senior representatives of the European institutions, and leading experts from international organisations participated in these debates.
On the second day of the conference, the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development presented its latest projections on the outlook for EU dairy, meat and arable crop markets for the next ten years.
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"The CAP: Meeting the major challenges" (Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development)
"Global food security challenges, lessons from EXPO Milan conference" (Franz Fischler, former EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Fisheries)
"Agriculture at the centre of global challenges: setting the scene" (Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission)
"Globalisation and competition in the agri-food supply chain: setting the scene" (Jo Swinnen, Professor KU Leuven)
"Sustainable sourcing as common place" (Pablo Perversi, Regional Category, VP Savoury, Europe, Unilever)
"Sustainability: Exchange on best practices" (Matt Simister, Commercial Director, Fresh Food & Commodities, Tesco)
"Green public procurement in the municipality of Copenhagen" (Betina Bergmann Madsen, Copenhagen city, experiment on organic public meals)
"Drivers and uncertainties of 2025 prospects" (Tassos Haniotis, Director, Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations, Communication, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)
"Main challenges and prospects for the EU dairy sector" (Sophie Hélaine, Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)
"Main challenges and prospects for the EU meat sector" (Benjamin Van Doorslaer, Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)
"Main challenges and prospects for EU arable crops" (Koen Dillen, Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)
"What does it mean for the income of EU farmers?" (Pierluigi Londero, Head of Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)
Ahead of the conference, the Commission had published three publications on food and farming, focusing on Land and Land Use, Jobs and Growth, and Market Safety Nets:
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For over two decades, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the EU's Joint Research Centre, has published medium-term prospects for EU agricultural markets and farm income.