In March 2008, the European Landowners Organization, (ELO) and Syngenta came together to create a new Forum in which the future of agriculture could be debated, from a European perspective, and where the main challenges facing the sector could be addressed and the necessary responses understood, discussed and agreed.
Today, the Forum has a programme of activity, focused on the food and environmental security agenda, in Brussels and across the European region. However, the main platform for the Forum for the Future of Agriculture remains its Annual Conference which takes place every Spring in Brussels. This Conference has now established itself as the premier meeting place for those who have a stake in the future of agriculture and has been addressed by European Commissioners, MEPs, National Government Ministers, Industry Leaders, NGOs, International Organisations, including OECD and FAO, and Academics.
The Forum for the Future of Agriculture returns to Brussels on Tuesday March 16th 2010 to address the politics and economics of world food supply and the interplay with climate change.
Once again, FFA has attracted an extremely high calibre of speakers to address this subject including Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, the Special Adviser to the United Nations on Globalization and an external adviser to the World Trade Organisation, who will make the keynote address.
We are also delighted to be joined by Dr. Joseph Glauber, the Chief Economist at the US Department of Agriculture; Dr. Carey Fowler, the Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust; H.E. Brave Ndisale, Ambassador of Malawi to the European Union; and Sir Crispin Tickell, a former Adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and one of the first to warn of the dangers posed by climate change.
Putting the questions to these and our other speakers will be the renowned international journalist, Steven Sackur, presenter of BBC's HardTalk programme, whilst the Forum itself will be chaired by the former EU Agriculture Commissioner, Franz Fischler.
And this year, FFA moves to a new venue,
, which is Brussels latest and most prestigious meeting place.
We do hope that you will be able to join us for what promising to be an exceptional forum for discussing the food & environmental security challenge in a key year for the politics of European agriculture.