WORLD AGRICULTURAL FORUM - 2005 WORLD CONGRESS
 
 
 
(Note: It is educational to simply note who is speaking and to whom their allegiance lies...)
 
April 21, 2005
 
 
 
St. Louis, Missouri USA
 
Chase Park Plaza Hotel
 
May 16-18, 2005
 
The Key to Peace, Security and Growth: Local, Regional AND Global Agri-Food Systems 
 
The 2005 Congress will examine critical issues in agriculture and its role in economic development and human welfare. Speakers will stress positive achievements in local and global agri-food systems that can be expanded to bridge the gaps and create a more peaceful and equitable society for all.  Plenary sessions and roundtables will include ample time for audience discussion.
 
May 16, 2005 (Monday)
 
2:00 PM Opening Remarks and Keynote Addresses
 
FOOD SYSTEMS: A FRAMEWORK FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND GLOBAL PEACE
 
Changing Demographics – A Wake Up Call Right Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ, Chairman, Advisory Board, World Agricultural Forum, Former Prime Minister, New Zealand (confirmed) Sustainable Development, Democracy and Peace
 
Ruth Oniang’o, Executive Director, Rural Outreach Program, Kenya (confirmed)
 
Food Systems
 
Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S.D.A. (invited)
 
Agriculture:  The Key to Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation
 
Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (invited)
 
An Outlook on Food & Trade Policy
 
Elizabeth Becker, Correspondent, The New York Times (invited)
 
The Millennium Challenge Account as a Framework for Achieving Peace, Security and Growth
 
Felipe Mantiega, Managing Director, Agricultural Programs, Millennium Challenge Corporation (invited)
 
3:15 PM  BREAK
 
3:45 PM  ECONOMIC GROWTH: A DRIVER FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS            
Chair:  Right Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ, Chairman, Advisory Board, World Agricultural Forum, Former Prime Minister, New Zealand The Doha Round:  Making Trade work for Economic Development and Growth
 
Anne Tutwiler, Chief Executive, International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (invited)
 
Industry – A Partner for Growth and Development
 
Hans Johr, Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestle, Ltd (confirmed)
 
Agriculture:  A Pillar for Global Economic, Social and Environmental  Development
 
Paolo de Castro, President, Foundation Qualivita, Former Minister of Agriculture, Italy (confirmed)
 
Food as an Economic Engine for Local, Regional and National Economies
 
Richard Foster, Vice President, Kellogg Foundation (confirmed)
 
Bioenergy as an Economic Engine for Local, Regional and National Economies 
 
C. Boyden Gray, Partner, Cutler, Wilmer & Pickering (confirmed)
 
The Role of Aid Organizations in Development of Agri-Food Systems
 
John Powell, Deputy Director, UN World Food Programme (confirmed)
 
These world leaders will set the tone for further discussions on the roles that agriculture and the agri-food systems play in the development and growth of any individual economy in the world as well as the global economy.   Can local systems develop to capture the excessive labor force displaced by increasing technology and farm expansions?  What role do local systems play in the development of the local, regional, national and international economy?  How does the majority of the world’s population, who live rural areas and are subsistence farmers, be brought into the equation?  Where are the successes?
 
4: 45 PM  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH KEYNOTE LEADERS
 
Is there a consensus that agriculture is the basis of the global economy as well as individual economies?  How can the world and individual countries focus more attention, resources and leadership?  What are the greatest barriers to achieving growth and equity and secondly, how do we get individual country leaders to appropriate the necessary financial and people resources for capacity building and development of the agriculture sector?
 
5:30 PM  Close Day 1 
 
7:00 PM  OPENING RECEPTION 
 
May 17, 2005 (TUESDAY)
 
7:00 am  Continental Breakfast
 
8:00 am  ROUNDTABLE – NEED FOR INTEGRATION OF LOCAL, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL MARKETS
 
Chair:  Ray Cesca, Chairman and CEO, GAEA International (confirmed)
 
Carl Hausmann, President & CEO, Bunge North America (confirmed)
 
Jason Clay, Vice President, WWF US (confirmed)
 
Jorge Cazenave, Cazenave & Associados (confirmed)
 
Philip Kiriro, Chairman, East Africa Farmers Federation (confirmed)
 
Noel Devisch, President, Belgium Boerenbond, (confirmed)
 
John Falloon, Former New Zealand Minister of Agriculture (confirmed)
 
Nha Hoang, HDN Strategies (confirmed)
 
Angela Thoko Didiza, Minister of Agriculture, South Africa (invited)
 
8:45 am  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE AND ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS
 
9:30 am  BREAK
 
10:00 am  ROUNDTABLE:  Balancing National POLITICAL interests with international agreements 
 
Chair:   Susan Sechler, German Marshall Fund (confirmed)
 
H.J. Markley, President – Agriculture Division, John Deere (invited)
 
Gawain Kripke, Senior Policy Advisor, OXFAM (confirmed)
 
Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Director of EMAC, University of Missouri, Columbia (confirmed)
 
Peter Allgeier, Acting Ambassador, USTR (invited)
 
Evandro Didonet, Deputy for Economic and Trade Affairs, Brazilian Embassy, Wash, D.C. (confirmed)
 
Gerard Viatte, Special Advisor, FAO (confirmed)
 
Charles Riemenschneider, Director, North American Liaison Office, Food and Agriculture Organization, UN (confirmed)
 
This panel will examine a few of the relevant agreements, their intended and unintended effects on local, regional and global agri-food systems, and where they are headed.  
 
IPPC – International Plant Protection Convention: “to secure common and effective action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products, and to promote appropriate measures for their control”
 
SPS – Sanitary and Phytosanitary agreement among the WTO members
 
CBD – Convention on Biological Diversity: 
 
WTO – World Trade Organization cotton decision: long term implications 
 
How do international agreements enhance or impede progress in the agricultural sector?  International agreements can provide sound, useful and enforceable standards for cooperation and trade between countries that facilitate mutual benefits and provide protection from undesired consequences.  But the devil is in the details, sometimes leading to consequences that were neither intended nor understood by the parties involved.   Existing agreements evolve and new agreements are being forged in several areas affecting the well being of agricultural, food security and rural development.  The resolution of disputes between parties within an agreement further shapes the future application of the agreements in practice.
 
11:15 am  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE AND PANEL PARTICIPANTS
 
12:30 PM  LUNCH
 
1:30 PM   SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION OF Sustainable Agrifood Systems 
 
Chair:  Frank Tugwell, Winrock International (confirmed)
 
1:40 – 2:45 PM  ROUNDTABLE:  FRESH WATER: INCREASING DEMANDS AND DECLINING AVAILABILITY 
 
Moderator: Roberto Lenton, Chair, Technical Committee for Global Water Resources, The Earth Institute, Columbia University (confirmed)
 
Mohamed Ait-Kadi, President of the General Council of Agricultural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Forestry of Morocco (confirmed)
 
Terry Rahe, President, Cascade Earth Sciences Division, Valmont Industries, Inc. (confirmed)
 
Ismail Serageldin, Director, Bibliotheca Alexandria (invited)
 
David Seckler, Director, Winrock Water(invited)
 
JoAnne DiSano, Director, Division of Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs (invited)
 
Ravi Narayanan, Chief Executive, WaterAid (invited)
 
Izhar Ali Hunzai, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (invited)
 
Dr. Uzo Mokwunye, Director, UNU Institute for Nat. Resources in Africa (invited)
 
Success stories will be identified where technology and/or policy decisions have addressed water concerns.  How can success stories be leveraged for greater participation?
 
2:15pm  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE AND PANEL PARTICIPANTS
 
2:45 – 4:15pm  ROUNDTABLE:  SUCCESSES WITH BIOENERGY 
 
Moderator:    Reid Detchon, President, Energy Future Coalition (confirmed)
 
Mike Eckhart, President,American Council for renewable Energy (confirmed)
 
Peter Clery, Chairman, British Association for Biofuels & Oils (invited)
 
Brian Foody, Chairman, President & CEO, IOGEN Corporation (invited)
 
Jerome Peribere, President and CEO, Dow AgriSciences (invited)
 
Israel Klabin, President, Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development(invited)
 
Cia. Energetica Santa Elisa (Brazil)
 
ADM
 
3:30 PM  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE AND PANEL PARTICIPANTS
 
Facilitator: Frank Tugwell, Winrock International
 
4:15 PM  BREAK
 
4:45 PM  SUCCESSFUL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FOR GROWTH and RURAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Moderator:  Mpoko Bokanga, PhD, Executive Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Nigeria (confirmed)  
 
Marco Quinones, Regional Director, Africa, Sasagawa 2000 (confirmed)
 
O.P. Singh, CEO, Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private, Ltd., India (confirmed)
 
Xie Hua An, Professor and President of Fujian Academy of Agricultural Science, China (invited)
 
Dr. Kepler Euclides Filho, Executive  Director, EMBRAPA, Brazil (confirmed)
 
Felipe Manteiga, Head of Agriculture, Millinium Challenge Account (invited)
 
Istvan Feher, Deputy Secretary of State, Hungary (confirmed)
 
5:15 PM  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE AND PANEL PARTICIPANTS
 
6:00 PM  CLOSE DAY 
 
6:30 PM  GALA RECEPTION
 
May 18, 2005 (WEDNESDAY)
 
7:00 am  Continental Breakfast
 
8:00 am  SUMMARY OF DAY 1
 
Right Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ
 
8:30 am  MODELS OF SUCCESS:  FINANCING FOR GROWTH AND ASSET BUILDING
 
Chair: Deborah Perkins, Executive Director, Food and Agribusiness Research, Rabobank (confirmed)
 
A Different Approach to Rural Development: From Financial Cooperation to an Alternative Development Model (A case history from Italian Cooperative Banks in Ecuador)
 
Carlo Barbieri, International Relations, ICCREA, Italy (confirmed)
 
Creating Partnerships for Dismantling Poverty 
 
John Hatch, Founder and President, FINCA International (confirmed)
 
Microfinance and Agriculture
 
Jonathan Campaigne, Executive Director, Pride Africa (confirmed)
 
Risk Alleviation Tools for Financing to Small and Medium Size Producers
 
Rolando Ariel Perez, Managing Director, Maple Commercial Finance Group (confirmed)
 
Commodity Risk Management in Developing Countries
 
Muhyiddin  bin Mohamed Yassin, Minister of Agriculture, Malaysia (invited)
 
Successes in Eastern Europe
 
Urszula Budzich-Szukala, Director, Agroline Rural Development & Credit Programme (confirmed)
 
9:15 am  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE AND PANEL PARTICIPANTS
 
10:00 am  BREAK
 
10:30 am  SUCCESS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS 
 
Chair:  Tensie Whelan, President, The Rain Forest Alliance (confirmed)
 
Jim Thompson, Global Development Alliance Secretariat, USAID (confirmed)
 
Paul Carothers, Vice-President, Public Affairs, Kraft Foods (confirmed)
 
David McLaughlin, Sr. Director Environmental and Social Performance Chiquita Brands International (confirmed)
 
11:15 am  OPEN DISCUSSION WITH AUDIENCE AND PANEL PARTICIPANTS
 
12:00 PM  LUNCH
 
1:30 PM  ROUNDTABLE: MARKET - DRIVEN AGRIFOOD SYSTEMS 
 
Chair:  Right Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ, Chairman, Advisory Board, World Agricultural Forum, Former Prime Minister, New Zealand (confirmed)
 
Ing. Agr. Miguel Santiago Campos, Secretary of Agriculture, Argentina (confirmed)
 
Heinrich Toepfer, Chairman Agriworld GMBH (confirmed)
 
David Hughes, Professor, Imperial College London (confirmed)
 
Dr. Anan Sirimongkolkasem, President, Thai Broiler Processing Exporter’s Association (confirmed)
 
Hon. Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture, India (invited)
 
Mark Drabenstott, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City(invited)
 
Rob Horsch, Vice President, Monsanto Company (confirmed)
 
2:15 PM  OPEN DISCUSSION
 
3:30 PM  ROUNDTABLE AND SUMMARY WITH SESSION    
 
MODERATORS/RAPPORTEURS
 
4:00 PM  CLOSING REMARKS – PLAN OF ACTION
 
Right Honorable James B. Bolger, ONZ
 
5:00 PM  ADVISORY BOARD and NGO COUNCIL  MEETING

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