Fröhlerhof Heidelbeerprinzessin 2015

Fröhlerhof HEIDELBEERPRINZESSIN 2015 Marie Sophie Steinlechner

Fröhlerhof HEIDELBEERPRINZESSIN 2015
Marie Sophie Steinlechner

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World Farmers Organisation, News

imageCyprus asks for EU help after the worst drought since 1901

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is experiencing the worst drought since 1901. The Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyialis will ask for assistance from the EU due to the problems caused by the scarcity of drinking water but also to support agriculture. According to experts, in the winter season 2013-2014 on the island fell only 204 millimeters of rain despite the occasional downpours. This is the worst year ever recorded since, in 1901, the weather service began keeping records of annual rainfalls. Minister Kouyialis, as it was announced to local media, will present the request for financial assistance during the work of the Council of Agriculture and Fisheries of the EU in Luxembourg. The Minister will inform the members of the Council about the situation caused by prolonged drought and report in particular the alarming low level reached by the water storage in the island.

New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries
A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, was announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This will be done, among other things, through the application, at country level, of some Voluntary Guidelines set up by the international community in 2012 to improve land governance.

Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide live without permanent homes, land access or formal property rights, a reason which is often used for their land to be attributed to large scale land investors. Therefore, land governance issues are strongly linked to key challenges such as food scarcity, water shortages or urban and population growth.

Speaking ahead of the high level conference on land tenure, due to take place today at the European Parliament in the presence of President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, Commissioner Piebalgs said: „I am convinced that these land tenure guidelines, which recognise farmers’ ownership and access rights, are essential to achieve efficient, sustainable and inclusive agriculture, and to promoting human rights and peace in society. This new programme will help farmers, and specially women, to make a living and feed their families, without fear of losing their property.“

Dr. Johannes Ausserladscheiter - European Court Experts, Forum for Agriculture Brussels

Dr. Johannes Ausserladscheiter – European Court Experts, Forum for Agriculture Brussels

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloș, who will also attend today’s event, added: „Improving land tenure management is a key challenge to strengthen family farms, encourage investments in agriculture and increase food security. We need to support African countries concretely by sharing our experience in this field to make sure that guidelines and voluntary processes are translated into national legislation or into standard contracts for local governments.“

Other activities of this new programme include:

• the development of new land registration tools and digital land registry techniques for example through satellite images

• support to local organisations and civil society groups in making farmer groups (particularly women and young people) aware of their land rights so they are able to maintain them

• formalisation measures will be put in place to make land use legitimate; e.g. the provision of property deeds and relevant documentation to recognise land rights

The programme will be rolled out across ten African countries: Angola, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Swaziland.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) contributes to the in-country implementation of the programme: in Somalia, it will carry out an in-depth assessment on territorial rights and will set up strategies on land management. In Kenya it will review and harmonise the national strategies, policies and legislation required for strengthening of institutions and for the building up of future strategies.

Ahead of the event, Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General of the FAO said: „Any solutions for eradicating poverty must examine the ties between rights, entitlements, opportunities and poverty, with a special emphasis on empowering the most vulnerable. Only an empowered population, with secure rights and a stake in their future can move a nation forward and transform natural assets into wealth.“

Background
The concept of this programme is to apply at country level the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT), adopted by the Committee of World Food Security (CFS) in 2012. They were seen as a major step forward by the international community to improve land governance at a global level.

imageLand governance is a particular challenge in many developing countries; particularly for smallholder farmers who often struggle to gain recognition for a communal area or agricultural investments. Many countries suffer from the lack of a transparent and effective land ownership system, with no public registration system. Fragile states are particularly volatile in terms of land tenure. Setting up a clear legislative framework for land registration and governance in this context is crucial.

The issue of land ownership will become increasingly important as the world population is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. Additional pressure is put on land through food and biofuel production, as well as the importance of preserving forest basins and climate change.

Today’s ‘High-Level Conference on Property Rights: Land Tenure Security, the Missing Key to Eradicating Poverty’ will be hosted by Commissioner Piebalgs and MEP Nirj Deva at the European Parliament, from 2pm-7pm. Other high level invitees included President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, Dacian Cioloș, European Commissioner for Agriculture, HE Raymond Tshibanda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, HE Pierre Mabiala, Minister for Land Affairs and Public Domain, The Republic of Congo, HE Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture, The Ivory Coast, Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General FAO and Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist at the World Bank.

Today’s event marks ten years of strategic cooperation between the EU and the FAO.

FFA – Forum for Agriculture Brussels 2014, Agenda

FFA President Franz Fischler

FFA President Franz Fischler

OPENING Opening statement:
Franz FISCHLER, Chair FFA2014, Chairman RISE Foundation
09:00 – 09:30 Opening Address:
Pascal LAMY, Honorary President of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute

Questions & Answers
Moderator: Stephen SACKUR, Reporter
09:35 – 11:00
ENVIRONMENT Session 1: Environment – Land Use and Natural Resources in EU Policies

Opening Address:
Janez POTOČNIK, Commissioner for the Environment, European Commission

Panellists:
Jürgen VOEGELE , Director, Agriculture and Environmental Services, World Bank
Michael SALM-SALM, President, German Landowners’ Association
Ignace SCHOPS, Director, Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland
Bob YOUNG, Chief Economist & Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation

Questions & Answers
Moderator: Stephen SACKUR, Reporter
11:00 – 11:30 Keynote Address: From Feeding Countries to Supporting Countries’ Ability to Feed Themselves: Trade and Investment in the Service of Resilient Food Systems
Olivier DE SCHUTTER, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food for the United Nations

Questions & Answers
Moderator: Matthew DEMPSEY, Reporter
11:30 – 12:00 COFFEE BREAK
12:00 – 13:15
SUSTAINABLE
AGRICULTURE
1
Breakout Session

Sustainable Intensification in Europe:
Practical Approaches

Chair:
Erik MATHIJS,
Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Leuven

Courtexpert Johannes Ausserladscheiter, Forum for Agriculture Brussels

Panellists:
Ross MURRAY,
Deputy President,
Country Land & Business Association

Alois HEISSENHUBER, Professor, Technische Universität München

Respondent:
Claudia OLAZABAL, Head of Unit, Agriculture, Forests and Soil, DG Environment, European Commission

Moderator:
Cathy SMITH,
Reporter
2
Breakout Session

Sustainable intensification in Europe:
Policy Approaches

Chair:
Allan BUCKWELL,
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Panellists:
Tassos HANIOTIS, Director, Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluation, DG for Agriculture, European Commission

Marco CONTIERO,
EU Policy Director on Agriculture, Greenpeace European Unit

Respondent:
Mairead McGUINNESS, Member of the Agriculture Committee, European Parliament

Moderator:
Matthew DEMPSEY, Reporter
3
Breakout Session

Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture – Perspectives from beyond the EU

Pascale Lamy

Pascale Lamy

Chair:
Robert SICHINGA,
Minister of
Agriculture & Livestock, Republic of Zambia

Panellists:
Swapan K DATTA,
Deputy Director General,
Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Ishmael SUNGA,
CEO Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions- SACAU

Respondent:
Roberto RIDOLFI, Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission

Moderator:
Stephen SACKUR, Reporter
13:15 – 14:15 LUNCH BREAK
14:15 – 14:45 Debriefing Breakout Sessions 1 – 3

Erik MATHIJS, Professor, University of Leuven
Allan BUCKWELL, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for European Environmental Policy
Robert SICHINGA, Minister of Agriculture & Livestock, Republic of Zambia

imageModerator: Matthew DEMPSEY, Reporter
14:45 – 16:15
FARMING
BUSINESS Session 2: Increasing the Competitiveness and Investment in Farm Businesses

Opening Address:
Robert Lewis CARLSON, President, World Farmers‘ Organization

Panellists:
Maurice HOUSE, Agricultural Minister Counselor, U.S. Mission to the EU
Pierre-Olivier DREGE, Director General, French Wheat Growers Association
Ajay Vir JAKHAR, Chairman, Farmer’s Forum India
Mikhail ORLOV, Founder and President, Ambika Group

Questions & Answers
Moderator: Matthew DEMPSEY, Reporter
16:15 – 17:50
TRADE Session 3: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on an Agricultural Perspective

Opening Address:
Karel DE GUCHT, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission

Respondent:
Darci L. VETTER, Deputy Under Secretary, Deaprtment of Agriculture, United States of America

Panellists:
James ELLES, Chairman, Transatlantic Policy Network
Paola TESTORI COGGI, Director General, Health and Consumers Protection, European Commission
John ATKIN, COO, Syngenta
Allen HERSHKOWITZ, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defence Council

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Moderator: Stephen SACKUR, Reporter
17:50 – 18:00
CLOSING Closing Remarks:
Franz FISCHLER, Chair FFA2014, Chairman RISE Foundation

Provisional Agenda of the Pre-FFA Workshops on March 31st are available on the following links

ECPA Workshop: “Let’s Keep Europe Growing: Ensuring a sustainable and productive future for European agriculture, from policy to practice”

RISE Workshop: Sustainable intensification: Indicators and measurement: do we have to measure farm environmental performance to manage it

Invitation: European Landowners Organisation

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Fröhlerhof, Heidelbeerkaiser

Fröhlerhof, Heidelbeerkaiser

 

 

Heidelbeerkaiser, Dr. Ausserladscheiter, Fröhlerhof

Heidelbeerkaiser, Dr. Ausserladscheiter, Fröhlerhof

 

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