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Forum for the Future of Agriculture: Refocusing security on food and nature - CAP Renewal for better farming

15 March 2011 | The Square, Brussels, Belgium
The annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA 2011) returns to Brussels on Tuesday 15th March 2011. Following last-year's successful event which saw over 1000 participants joining distinguished speakers in stimulating debates and discussions, the fourth edition will turn to the question of  "Refocusing security on food and nature"

The 4th Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA 2011) offers an action packed programme of high-level debates and exhibitions. Created by the European Landowners' Organization and Syngenta and launched in 2008, the 4th Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA 2011) brings together the EU officials, agri-business representatives, scientists, decision-makers, public authorities, non-governmental organisations and land managers. 

A number of key speakers have already confirmed their presence including:

• Janez POTOCNIK, the EU Commissioner for the Environment;
• Dacian CIOLOS, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development;
• Franz FISCHLER, former EU Agriculture Commissioner and Chair of the Forum;
• Reimer BÖGE, MEP, Member of the Budget Committee, Rapporteur for 
Multi-Annual Financial Framework;
Paolo DE CASTRO, MEP, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development;
• George LYON, MEP, Author of  the European Parliament's First Opinion on the 
Reform of the CAP;
• Mairead McGUINESS, MEP, Memberf the the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development;
• Jacqueline McGLADE, Executive Director, European Environment Agency;
• Dirk AHNER, Director General, DG Regio;
• Ken ASH, Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD;
• John ATKIN, Chief Operating Officer, Syngenta (Crop Protection);
• Carl-Albrecht BARTMER, President, DLG;
• Roel BOL, Programme Director Bio-based Economy, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture;
• Lester BROWN, Founder and President of the Earth Policy Institute; 
• Christoph BUREN, Vice President of SAF-agriculteurs de France;
• Jason CLAY, Vice President, World Wildlife Fund;
• Padraig WALSHE, President of COPA.

Over four sessions  will be moderated by the internationally acclaimed journalists: Stephen Sackur, presenter of BBC's HardTalk, and Tim King, the Editor of the European Voice - the Official Media Partner of FFA2011.   

The conference will address 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 will focus on:

• Knowledge based agriculture
• Sustainability and environmental security in farming
• Riches and servitudes of the food chain
• Rural areas: are they losers of globalisation? 

The participation in the conference is free of charge. 

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