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Congress, Brussels, Belgium

28 November to 1 December 2011

 

Renaissance Hotel, rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

 

 

registration at: www.worldagriculturalforum2011.com

 

Rethinking Agriculture

to sustain a growing global population

 

 

Why this Congress?

 

·         Current unprecedented interest and concern about agriculture and price rises in commodities

       and food. 

·         Impact in all nations and especially in developing countries. 

·         Difficulties in achieving adequate production, especially in the face of adverse weather

       conditions

·         Besides food, agriculture is the source of ever more raw materials for other processes and

       products.

·         The need to ensure sustainability in agriculture and food production.

·         Finance and credit systems are still recovering.

·         Technology and financial systems for agriculture are underused and misunderstood. 

·         Global institutions such as the G8, the G20, the UN, the FAO and others are

      seeking solutions. 

 

In a break with tradition and shortly after the conclusion of the G20 meeting in November, the

2011 WAF Congress will be held in Brussels, seat of many of the European Union Institutions

Speakers and delegates will come together to evaluate the situation, discuss, debate and seek

 solutions and especially, re-think our global agriculture systems and how they can be improved to

 serve the growing global population. 

 

Your Congress Chairmen:

 

·         Rt. Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ, Chairman of the Advisory Board, World

      Agricultural Forum

·         Dr. Kenneth M. Baker, Chairman of the Congress Organsation & Vice-Chairman

      Advisory Board, World Agricultural Forum


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Monday, 28 November 2011

 

5.00 p.m.

Registration Opens

 

6.30 p.m.

to

 8.00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Attendees and Guests from European Institutions, Diplomats, Brussels Representatives, NGO’s and Corporate Representatives

Madrid Suite – Renaissance Hotel  (Sponsor – Bayer CropScience)

 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

 

8.30 a.m.

WELCOME  - Rt. Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ

Chairman of the Advisory Board, World Agricultural Forum

 

8.45 a.m.

Opening Keynotes

The Unprecedented Demands on Agriculture – The Stakes

- Professor Paolo De Castro, Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament and Member of the Advisory Board of the World Agricultural Forum . 

 

9.15 a.m.

Keynote:  Ms. Sandra E. Peterson, CEO, Bayer CropScience .

 

9.45 a.m.

Break

 

Congress Theme I

Rethinking Agriculture – The Issues

10.15 a.m.

 

Round Table

Is this the New World Order? Higher Prices, Higher Demand and Continuing Hunger

Will food prices continue to rise? Where is future demand coming from? What will be the attitude of food-producing nations? How are governments likely to react as they seek to ensure food security for their own nations? Avoiding  public  discontent with food security issues. Can prices be controlled?

Moderator: The Hon. Clayton Yeutter, Former US Secretary of Agriculture and former US Trade Representative  

 

·         Dr Franz Fischler, Chairman RISE (Rural Investment Support for Europe) and Former European Commissioner of Agriculture

·         Dr. Ren WANG Vice President, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) .

 

11.15 a.m.

Interactive discussion with audience

 

11.45 a.m.

Plenary: What does Society Expect from Farmers?

Maximilian Hardegg, Austrian Farmer and Board Member, DLG German Agricultural Union

 

12.15 p.m.

Walking Lunch

 

 

 

1.30 p.m. Breakout Session I

 

New Technology for Agriculture – The Challenges

Moderator: Dr. Christoph Wegner, Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development, Crop Protection Division, BASF

Panel: 

·         Dr. Mike Bushell, Principal Scientific Adviser, Syngenta International AG .

·         Pierre Rolland, Director Business Development, GeoSys  

·         Michael Doane, Vice President, Sustainable Agriculture, Monsanto, USA,   

·         Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive, Crop Protection Association

 

1.30 p.m. Breakout Session II

 

The Global Trading System as a Motor for Assuring Food Security

Moderator: Carole Brookins, Former U.S. Executive Director, The World Bank

Panel:

·         Alex Chu,  Deputy Chairman & Executive Director, Dah Chong Hong Holdings, Hong Kong

·         Mr. John S. Wilson, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, International Trade, The World Bank

·         Professor Stefan Tangermann, Emeritus Professor at the University of Göttingen and former Director for Trade and Agriculture at the OECD

·         Géraldine Kutas, União da Indústria da Cana-de-Açúcar/Brazilian Sugar Cane Industry Association

 

1.30 p.m. p.m. Breakout Session III

 

Extracting Benefits for all from the Agriculture-Based Value Chain.

Moderator: Mr Ron Bonnett, Board Member, World Farmers Organisation, and President The Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canada

Panel:

·         Tom Lambie, Chancellor of Lincoln Agricultural University and former President of Federated Farmers, New Zealand 

·         Marc Rosiers, Belgian Farmers Union

·         Knud Buhl, Director for International Trade, Danish Bacon and Meat Council (DBMC)

 

1.30 p.m. p.m. Breakout Session IV

 

Bio-Energy – Scope and Future

Moderator: Poul Ruben Andersen, Vice President for Bioenergy at Novozymes

Panel:

·         Greg Murray, Co-Founder and Group Managing Director, CleanStar Ventures 

·         Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance 

·         Henk Joos, CEO Quinvita, Belgium  

·         Assistant Professor Niclas Scott Bentsen, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

 

 

3.15 p.m.

Break

 

4.00 p.m.

Plenary Round Table: Conclusions - The Issues: 

Moderator:  The Hon. Clayton Yeutter, Former US Secretary of Agriculture and former US Trade Representative 

Panel: Chairs of Breakout Sessions I, II, III & IV

·         Dr. Christoph Wegner, Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development, Crop Protection Division, BASF

·         The Honorable Carole L. Brookins, Former U.S. Executive Director, The World Bank

·         Ron Bonnett, Board Member of WFO & President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA/FCA, Canada)

·         Poul Ruben Andersen, Vice President for Bioenergy, Novozymes

5.00 p.m.

Interactive discussion with audience

 

7.30 p.m.

Congress Reception and Dinner – Traditional Belgian Fare

Renaissance Hotel, Brussels  

Guest Speaker: Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Minister of Agriculture

 

 

 

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

 

7.30 a.m.

Registration Open

 

8.10 a.m.

Housekeeping/Announcements – Ken Baker, Chairman of the Congress Organsation & Vice-Chairman WAF Advisory Board

 

Congress Theme II

Rethinking Agriculture –The Potential Solutions

 

 

8.15 a.m.

Plenary Round Table: A New Vision for Agriculture – Market-based Solutions  

Panelists (all are proposed and will be selected in cooperation with the WEF and include):

Moderator: Robert Berendes, Head of Business Development, Syngenta . 

·         Rainer von Mielecki, Head of Global Public/Government Affairs Crop Protection, BASF

·         David Cleary, Global Agriculture Lead, The Nature Conservancy

·                  Willem-Jan Laan, Director Global External Affairs, Unilever

 

9.15 a.m.

Interactive discussion with audience

 

 

9.30 a.m.

Keynote – “Sustainability as a Business Driver”: Anton Robek, Sr.VP Bio-based Products & Services, DSM

 

10.00 a.m.

Break

 

10.30 a.m.

Plenary Round Table: “More from Less” – Improved Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Moderator : Mark Ekstein, Managing Director International Finance, World Wildlife Fund

Panel:  

·         Lord Deben (John Gummer), former UK Minister of Agriculture & of Environment .

·         Dr. Dirk Voeste, Head Sustainable Agriculture, BASF .

·         Bruce Tozer, Head of EMEA Sales Softs & Agricultural Products, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Commodities, Fixed Income Markets .

·         Anton Robek, Sr.VP Bio-based Products & Services, DSM

11.15 a.m.

Interactive discussion with audience

 

11.45 a.m.

Keynote:  Mr Georg Häusler, Head of Cabinet, European Commissoner for Agriculture and Rural Development

 

12.15 p.m.

Keynote – “How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature”:

Professor Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University

 

 

12.45 p.m.

Lunch

 

 

1.30 p.m. Breakout Session I

 

View from the Land - Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment

 

Moderator: Thierry de l’Escaille, Secretary General, ELO .

Panel: (panel under development by Thierry de l’Escaille, ELO)

·         Mikhail Orlov, Founder & President of The Ambika Group, Russia  

·         Mindaugas Kuklierius, Vice-Minister of Agriculture of Republic of Lithuania

·         Mauritz Quaak, Member of the Board, SAF-agriculteurs de France

·         Jan Paul van Hoven, Director, Koninklijke Maatschap Wilhelminapolder, Netherlands

 

 

 

1.30 p.m. Breakout Session II

 

Re-thinking Agriculture – The Role of South-South Partnerships

Moderator:

·         Dr. William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT (The Philippines)

Panel:  

·         Dr. Arvind Kumar, Deputy Director General Education, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

·         Said Silim, Director of East and South Africa Region, ICRISAT

·         Dr. Nigel Poole, Chairman ICRISAT.

 

 

 

 

1.30 p.m. Breakout Session III

 

Encouraging Future Investment Opportunities for Agriculture  

Moderator:  Gary Blumenthal, President and CEO, World Perspectives, Inc.

Panel:

·         Stéphane Frappat, CEO Sodrugestvo Group of Companies, Russian Federation .

·         Emma Cardy-Brown, Director Cardy-Brown & Co Ltd & Agri-Invest Publications Ltd, Kenya .

·         John Llewellyn, Llewellyn Consulting and former Chief of Staff, OECD 

·         Adam Anders, Managing Director, Rabo Ventures, Rabobank, The Netherlands

·         Wayne Jones, Division Head, Agri-food Trade and Markets, Directorate for Trade and Agriculture, OECD

 

1.30 p.m. Breakout Session IV

 

Ensuring Future Management has the Capacity to Re-think and Implement the Necessary Changes for the Future of Agriculture

 

Moderator: Corrado Pirzio-Biroli, President ELO, Vice Chairman of the RISE Foundation (Rural Investment Support for Europe) and former Agriculture Chief of Staff at the European Commission

Panel: 

·         Professor Aldas Janaiah, Head, School of Agribusiness Management-SABM, Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, ANGRAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India .

·         Pol Coppin, Former Dean, Faculty of BioSciences, KU Leuven

·         Noël Devisch, Chairman of Vlaamse Visveiling and former Chairman of the Belgian Farmers Union \

·         Tom Lambie, Chancellor of Lincoln Agricultural University and former President of Federated Farmers, New Zealand

 

3.00 p.m.

Break

 

3.30 p.m.

Plenary: Towards a Biobased Future

Mr. Steen Riisgaard, President & CEO, Novozymes, Denmark

 

4.00 p.m.

Plenary: Animal Health and Nutrition as  Driver of Productivity, Sustainability and Quality

Thad W. Simons, President and CEO, Novus International

 

4.30 p.m.

Plenary Round Table: Conclusions Rethinking Agriculture - The Potential Solutions:

Lord Deben (John Gummer), former UK Minister of Agriculture & of Environment .

Panel: Chairs of Breakout Sessions I, II III & IV

5.15 p.m.

Interactive discussion with audience

 

 

7.30 p.m.

Free Evening – Suggestions for Dinner Venues will be made available

 

 

 

Thursday, 1 December 2011

 

 

Congress Theme III

Re-thinking Global Agriculture – Finance and Management for the Future, and a Call to Action

 

 

8.00 a.m.

Housekeeping/Announcements – Ken Baker, Chairman of the Congress Organsation & Vice-Chairman WAF Advisory Board

 

8.05 a.m.

Plenary: Commodity Forecasts: “A Dangerous New Phase...” 

 

Ric Deverell, Credit Suisse

 

8.30 a.m.

Round Table:  Agricultural Commodity Markets – Is Regulation Really Necessary? 

Moderator: Mr. Jorge Cazenave, Former Secretary of Agriculture, Argentina .

·         Professor Johan Swinnen, Professor of Development Economics, K.U.Leuven and President-elect of  the International Association of Agricultural Economists .

·         Prof. Harald von Witzke, President of the Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture, Berlin .

·         Emeritus Professor Allan Buckwell, Policy Director, Country Land Association, UK  

·         Arnaud Petit,  Director Commodities and Trade, COPA/COGECA European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives

 

9.40 a.m.

Interactive discussion with audience – Panel to be joined by Ric Deverell, Credit Suisse

 

 

10.00 a.m.

Break

 

 

 

10.30 a.m.

Round Table:

Trends and Developments in Private Financing of Agriculture

Moderator:  Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, – Global Food, Agribusiness and Biofuels, HighQuest Partners LLC, St Louis, USA .

Panel:

·         Daniel Hough, Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management.

·         Rui Laurentino, Founder and CEO of Quifel Resources, Portugal.

·         Nathalie Brisbois, Manager of the Enterprise Fund of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)

 

11.15 a.m.

Interactive discussion with audience

 

11.30 a.m.

The Financing, Effectiveness, Yardsticks and Place of Aid for Trade in Development Programmes

 Moderator: Natalia Alonso, Head of EU Advocacy, Oxfam International

 

·         Dr. John Barrett, Chief Professional, Research and Evidence Division, UK Department for International Development

·         H.E. Vangelis Vitalis, Ambassdor of New Zealand to the EU and New Zealand Chief Negotiator for the ASEAN-Australian-New Zealand FTA and Malaysia-New Zealand FTA

·         Ignace Coussement, Managing Director, AgriCord

·         Nick Moon, Co–founder, KickStart, Kenya

12.15 p.m.

Interactive discussion with audience

 

 

12.30 p.m.

Agriculture Facing the Future – A Leader’s Thoughts

Hon. C. Damodara Rajanarsihma, Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (remarks delivered by Mr. V. Nagi Reddy, Principal Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India)

 

1.00 p.m.

Close of Congress

Rt. Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ

Chairman of the Advisory Board, World Agricultural Forum

 

 

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