February 2, 2009
In March 2008, the European Landowners Organization, (ELO) and Syngenta came together to create a new Forum in which the future of agriculture could be debated, from a European perspective, and where the main challenges facing the sector could be addressed and the necessary responses understood, discussed and agreed.
Today, the Forum has a programme of activity, focused on the food and environmental security agenda, in Brussels and across the European region. However, the main platform for the Forum for the Future of Agriculture remains its Annual Conference which takes place every Spring in Brussels. This Conference has now established itself as the premier meeting place for those who have a stake in the future of agriculture and has been addressed by European Commissioners, MEPs, National Government Ministers, Industry Leaders, NGOs, International Organisations, including OECD and FAO, and Academics.
In 2009, the keynote address was delivered by the US Professor Paul Krugman, a former Presidential Adviser, New York Times Columnist, and winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics. His speech was one of his first comments on the global food security challenge, and his interview at FFA 2009 can be accessed onagricultureforum