Forum for the Future of Agriculture

After the Forum for the Future of Agriculture, which took place in Brussels on March 16, went ahead with great success, it is now taken abroad – again – as sub-events are being organised in Budapest, Moscow, and with an outlook to Marrakesh.

The events, held under the auspices of the FFA2010, have a strong regional focus, addressing similar issues to those of the main conference. Food security in the face of climate change remains a key topic.

Themed Challenges of Modern Food and Feed Production, the conference encourages debate on the activities of farmers, rural businesses and landowners and the positive impact modern farming has had on biodiversity.

Providing a platform to illustrate how agriculture today is inextricably linked to environmental protection and the enhancement of local economies and communities, the Budapest conference is jointly organised by Syngenta, GOSZ (Hungarian Grain Producers Association) and the European Landowners’ Organisation.

The programme includes a wide range of interesting speakers from the European Institutions, as well as from the private sector and NGOs. Welcoming remarks will be made by József Vancsura, President of GOSZ, and Thierry de l’Escaille, Secretary General of the ELO, who will act as the Chair of the meeting.

A field trip to three nearby trial sites of Operation Pollinator – a project developed by Syngenta and based on scientific research and the experience of selected farmers to establish and manage pollen rich habitat around the farm to recover the number of pollinating insects – is planned on the morning of June 4 to close the seminar.

The purpose of the trip is to study multifunctional field margins as put into practice. As the previous day’s discussions on the CAP will have shown, farmers play an important role in the delivery of public goods. To follow-up, Prof Ádam Kertesz, from the Hungarian Academy of Science, together with Dr Jeremy Dyson, Syngenta’s Sustainable Use Manager, will present the MARGINS project and Dr Miklos Sarospataky will introduce Operation Pollinator.

Should you wish to attend, please contact Emmanuelle Mikosz or gabonatermesztok@gabonatermesztok.hu to register your interest or to obtain more information and a detailed programme. We are looking forward to an interesting conference!

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