AgroForum Mare Balticum – Agriculture for Rural Development

18th – 20th April 2017

Venue: Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU); Assembly Hall, Kreutzwaldi St. 1, Tartu

Language: English and Russian are the official languages of the conference.


18. April

Arrival in Tartu

10-18 Optional excursion in Tartu and surrounding areas, see left-hand menu for details.

20.00  Reception in Tartu Town Hall, welcome by Mayor of Tartu


19. April

Conference  (EMU main building assembly hall, Kreutzwaldi 1A, Tartu)

8.30 - 9.30 Registration and welcome coffee


9.30 - 12.30 Opening plenary

Keynote speeches by FAO, OECD, European Commission, CBSS, and representatives of China

FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia Mr Raimund Jehle (confirmed)

Deputy Director of the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate Ms Carmel Cahill (confirmed)

DG Agri Director-General Mr Jerzy Bogdan Plewa (confirmed)

Chairman of the COMAGRI or the European Parliament Mr Czesław Adam Siekierski - The role of agriculture for rural life

Coffee break

Minister of agriculture of Ukraine (confirmed)

Vice-Minister of agriculture of Moldova Mr Ion Paria (confirmed)

Vice-minister of agriculture of Georgia (confirmed)


12.30 - 13.30 Lunch


13.30 - 15.30 Workgroups (respective rooms), plenary continues 

Group 1: Ministers and high officials (invitations only) - Agriculture for Rural Development

Group 2: Risk management in rural sector

Risk management and the future common agricultural policy - tbc

Conducting land reform – a step toward secure land ownership - Evelin Jürgenson, EMÜ

Changes of ecosystems and adaptability to climate change - Prof Ülo Niinemets, EMU

Group 3: Agricultural subsidies and support measures

Do agricultural measures have a positive influence on rural development and elimination of regional differences. - Aleksejs Nipers (Latvia University of Agriculture)

The role of small scale enterprises in rural regions (success, difficulty, problems in marketing etc). Services in rural regions that support the development of local entrepreneurship, the role of local municipality as service provider. - tbc

Role of forestry and agriculture in rural development and employment, change dynamics in the past fifteen years. Importance of the forestry and wood processing sector in the rural regions. - Andres Oopkaup (Estonian Statistics)

Group 4: Animal husbandry in rural development

How improving the animal welfare improves the regional rural development or how well-managed animal husbandry gives input to local development in rural regions - Terence Cassidy (European Commission DG Health and Food Safety audits and analysis)

Change in the animal husbandry structure in the past ten years (more niche marketing oriented, more beef production instead of milk production etc.). Animal husbandry’s role as a local employer and as a rural life initiator. - Hannes Aamisepp (The Rural Economy Research Centre, Estonia)

Animal husbandry in Armenia, its role in rural developmen in the past ten years - tbc, Armenian agricultural university

Role of inland fisheries and aquaculture in rural regions - Madis Reinup (The Estonian Rural Development Foundation)

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 16.45 Sum-up plenary (main building assembly hall) - conclusions; reports of roundtables, chairs’ summary

16.45 - 17.30 Summarising key-note presentation by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. i.R. Harald von Witzke (Humboldt University of Berlin, Professor and Chair for International Agricultural Trade and Development and President, Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences)

19.00 - 22.00 Conference dinner (Restaurant Atlantis)


20. April

Conference continues (EMU main building, Kreutzwaldi 1A, Tartu)

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 - 12.00 Closing plenary on future visions (main building, assembly hall)

The World Bank vision on the rural development and the role of changing agriculture in its development - Paavo Eliste (The World Bank)

The efficiency and influence of support measures offered by Estonian Rural Development Foundation to Estonian rural regions. Goals of the EU CAP in the future - Raul Rosenberg (Estonian Rural Development Foundation)

11.20 - 12.00 Coffee break and walk to the fair.

12.00 Opening of the Agricultural fair 2017. Visit to the fair.