Refocusing security on food and nature - CAP renewal for better farming

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
08:45 - 17:45 (CET)

The conference addressed the state of Common Agriculture Policy, challenges that land managers currently face, and possible solutions to achieve better farming. In particular, the 4th Forum for the Future of Agriculture focused on: ‘Knowledge based Agriculture, Sustainability and environmental security in farming’, ‘Riches and servitudes of the food chain’ and ‘Rural areas: Are they losers of globalisation?’


Mar 15, 2011

08:45 - 17:45 (CET)

08:45 - 09:00 (CET)

Opening statement on priorities for the CAP

Franz Fischler – Chair, FFA2011,
Chairman, RISE Foundation

09:00 - 10:30 (CET)

Keynote: The CAP in the spotlight

Keynote Address: Commissioner Dacian Ciolos


  • Padraig Walshe – President, COPA
  • Ken Ash – Director of Trade and Agriculture, OECD
  • Lester Brown – Founder andPresident, Earth PolicyInstitute

Moderator: Stephen Sackur – BBC World

10:30 - 11:00 (CET)

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45 (CET)

Session I: Knowledgebased Agriculture

Opening Address:

Aalt Dijkhuizen – Chairman of the Executive Board Wageningen UR


  • Maurice Moloney – Director and Chief Executive, Rothamstead Research Institute
  • Roel Bol – Programme Director, Biobased Economy, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture
  • Christoph Büren – Vice President of SAF – agriculteurs de France

Moderator: Tim King – European Voice

11:45 - 12:45 (CET)

Session II: Sustainability and environmental security in farming

Keynote address: Commissioner Janez Potocnik


  • Mairead McGuinness – MEP, EPP group and Member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
  • Jaqueline McGlade – Executive Director, European Environment Agency
  • Carl-Albrecht Bartmer – President, DLG

Moderator: Stephen Sackur

14:15 - 15:15 (CET)

Session III: Competition &sustainability, rewards & transparency along the food chain

Keynote speech:

  • Lester Brown – Founder and President, Earth Policy Institute

15:15 - 16:00 (CET)

Session IV: are rural areas the losers of globalisation?

Provocation Speech: Dirk Ahner – Director General, DG REGIO


    • Benoit Coppée – Président, la Foire de Libramont
    • Allan Buckwell – Policy Director, CLA; Chairman, ELO Policy Group
    • Hildegard Kuhlmann – Head of division “Farm diversification and regional marketing”,Chamber of Agriculture North RhineWestphalia

Moderator: Stephen Sackur

16:00 - 16:20 (CET)

Coffee Break

16:20 - 17:30 (CET)

Session V: CAP reform for better farming.


  • Paolo De Castro – MEP, S&D, Chair Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
  • Reimer Böge – MEP, EPP, Rapporteur multi-annual financial framework, Budget Committee
  • George Lyon – MEP, ALDE, Rapporteur CAP post 2013, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
  • Corrado Pirzio-Biroli – President, ELO, Vice Chairman, RISE Foundation

Moderator: Tim King

17:30 - 17:45 (CET)

Concluding remarks and conclusions from the student forum

Franz Fischler – Chair, FFA2011, Chairman, RISE Foundation

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