Food and Environmental Security

Thursday, March 27, 2008
09:00 - 18:00 (CET)

The food crisis was the main topic during the first Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels. However the debate also focused on the reform of CAP.

Summaries from this event


Mar 27, 2008

09:00 - 18:00 (CET)

9am – 6pm, Thursday March 27th 2008

09:00 - 09:45 (CET)

Is the objective for European Agriculture Food, or Environmental Security, or both? Introduction by the Chair

Franz FISCHLER, former EU Agriculture Commissioner, Chairman of the RISE Foundation,
Conference Chair

Keynote address
Jos DELBEKE, Deputy Director General, DG Environment, EC

09:45 - 11:00 (CET)

Agriculture & the question of food security

Panel Chair – Neil PARISH, MEP

What do we mean by food security?
John BENSTED-SMITH, Director for Economic Analysis, Perspectives &
Evaluations, DG Agriculture, EC

Who has food security?
Stefan TANGERMANN, Director, Food, Agriculture & Fisheries, OECD

How can food security be achieved?
Timothy HALL, Acting Director of Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research,
DG Research, EC

Plenary debate

11:00 - 12:00 (CET)

Agriculture and the question of environmental security – meeting the Eco-System Challenge

Panel Chair – Nigel ARNELL Director, Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research,
University of Reading, UK

The case for European food & environmental security policy
Allan BUCKWELL, Chief Economist, Country Land & Business Association

What is environmental security for?
Michael HAMELL, Head of Unit, Agriculture, Forest, and Soil, DG Environment, EC

What are the main eco-system challenges?
John FINISDORE, Business & Ecosystems Researcher, World Resources Institute

How can environmental security be achieved?
Tamas MARGHESCU, Regional Director, Europe, IUCN, BE

Plenary debate

12:00 - 12:30 (CET)

Case studies: bringing together production and environment

14:00 - 15:00 (CET)

What does Europe need from agriculture?

Panel Chair – Winfried BLUM President European Confederation of Soil Science Societies

Perspective from the agri-food industry
Willem-Jan LAAN, European External Affairs Director, Unilever

Perspective from the food chain
Soren SCHRÖDER, Director General, VP Bunge Europe Agribusiness

Perspective from the environment
Clairie PAPAZOGLOU, Director, Birdlife International

Perspective from rural development
Corrado PIRZIO-BIROLI, CEO, RISE Foundation

Plenary debate

15:00 - 16:30 (CET)

Can agriculture deliver what Europe needs?

Panel Chair – Andrew BOUNDS, Journalist, Financial Times

Do we have the people?
Pekka PESONEN, Secretary-General, Copa-Cogeca

Do we have the natural resources?
Thierry de L’ESCAILLE, CEO, European Landowners’ Organization

Do we have the technology?
John ATKIN, Member of the Syngenta Executive Committee & Chief Operating
Officer (Crop Protection), Syngenta

Funding for agriculture
François d’ORMESSON, Administrator & General Manager, Phitrust Active
Investors Portfolio

Plenary debate

16:30 - 17:45 (CET)

Can we make the political case for food and environmental security?

Moderator – Elaine CRUIKSHANKS, CEO, Hill & Knowlton International, Belgium

Debating: Robert STURDY, MEP
Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu BARINGDORF, MEP


Perspective of the Slovenian Presidency
Branko RAVNIK, Director General, Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture

Perspective of the European Commission
Daniele BIANCHI, Member of Commissioner FISCHER-BOEL’s Cabinet

Perspective of the Member States
Paolo de CASTRO, Italian Minister of Agriculture

17:45 - 18:00 (CET)

Is there an emerging consensus on the objectives for European Agriculture in the 21st Century, and what are the next steps

Audience survey (via electronic polling)

Conclusions & next steps
By Conference Chair:
Franz FISCHLER, former EU Agriculture Commissionner

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