Forum for the Future of Agriculture

The Student Forum run in parallel to the FFA2010 was a fantastic success – over 80 young people to whom agriculture and policy-making means a great deal came together to listen to a strong and opinionated panel and discussed the issues close to their hearts.

To retain the views of this diverse group of students, live-polls on various questions were carried out, giving the students the opportunity to express their outlook on a better future of agriculture. The interesting results were then presented at the plenary of the main Forum of the FFA2010.

What should be the top priority for policymakers in order to ensure a better future for agriculture in Europe ?

1. Innovation – 23%

2. Subsidies to farmers – 22%

3. Environmental policies – 15%

4. Food security – 13%

5. Trade – 13%

6. Rural development – 8%

7. Organic agriculture – 3%

8. Stop farming all together – 2%

9. Helping developing countries – 0%

In 10 years, what should Europe’s agricultural model look like?

1. Intensive – 79%

2. Organic – 21%

1. Large-scale – 69%

2. Small-scale – 31%

1. Exporting – 85%

2. Importing – 15%

1. Productive – 77%

2. Agri-tourism – 23%

What is most needed to help farmers in Europe grow more from less?

1. Access to technology – 51%

2. Resourceful land use – 16%

3. We don’t need to grow more – 13%

4. Water efficiency – 10%

5. Biodiversity – 10%

How do you plan to make a difference for the future of agriculture?

1. I will be a farmer – 44%

2. I will work for an agri-business – 22%

3. I will be a scientist – 14%

4. I will become a policy-maker – 10%

5. I will join an NGO – 9%

6. I will give up on agriculture – 1%

To follow-up on the event held on March 16 please visit www.forumforagriculture.com or join the online community on https://forumforagriculture.trustedarea.net.

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