AgroForum Mare Balticum – Agroecology as a driver for sustainable food systems

23th – 25th April 2019

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

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


23. April

Arrival in Tartu

20.00  Mayor's reception


24th April

Moderator: Ants-Hannes Viira, Estonian University of Life Sciences

8.30 - 9.30 Registration and welcome coffee

9.30 - 12.30 Opening plenary

Welcoming words by Prof. Mait Klaassen, the rector of EMU, and by Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs

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

Mr Clayton Campagnolla, Strategic Programme Leader, FAO

Mr Franck Jesus, Head of Natural Resources Policies Division, OECD

Mr Pierre Bascou, Director for Sustainability and Income Support in DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

Mr Luis Jimenez-McInnis, Director of the Office of Partnership and Resource Mobilization, IFAD

CBSS (tbc)

Prof Wang Axoue, North-East Agricultural University, Dean of the College of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China. 

Plenary continues, additional speakers will be confirmed soon.

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.30 Thematic sessions (respective rooms), plenary continues 

GROUP 1: Agroecology as a driver for sustainable food systems. (Ministers and heads of delegations, with invitations only!)

GROUP 2: Climate change and agroecology (organised together with Council of the Baltic Sea States)

Estonian National climate policy goals for Agriculture sector. Martti Mandel, Director of Agricultural Environment Bureau of the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia

Adaptation of farming systems to climate change. Dr. Enn Lauringson, Estonian University of Life Sciences

Response of forest biomass to climate change and measures to carbon management in soils. (tbc) Estonian University of Life Sciences

Information needs, barriers and incentives to adopting climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in boreal agriculture. Dr. Karoliina Rimhanen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

GROUP 3: Agroecology and bioeconomy

Role of agroecology in climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation. Mr Jerzy Kozyra (BIOECON)

Agroecology in the changing climate. tbc (Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary) 

Bioeconomy and agroecology in Russia. Prof Nadezhda Tcyganova, Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian University

Methods and means to reduce environmental risks from spreaders and sprayers during crop cultivation technologies. Prof. Viktor Smelik, Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian University, vice-rector of research,

Bioeconomy and agroecology in Georgia. (tbc)

GROUP 4: Smart and sustainable use of manure - GreenAgri and Manure Standards project outcomes (NB! this parallel session will last until 18.00!)

13:30 – 13:45 Opening of the plenary session. Project GreenAgri main results. Roomet Sõrmus, Chairman of the Board, the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce

13:45 – 14:45 Environmentally-friendly farming practices in manure management- experience of project „GreenAgri“ demo farms. Karin Kauer, PhD, Researcher of Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, EMU; Pille Antons, Senior Expert, Estonian, Latvian & Lithuanian Environment OÜ; Iveta Grudovska, Agricultural Expert, NGO Latvian Farmers Parliament

14:45 – 15:15 The usage of Vizura® fraction in semi-liquid manure for reducing NO3 leaching. Jordi Escuer Gatius, MSc, Junior Researcher, Researcher of Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, EMU

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:15 Manure Standards project and main outputs. Christian Friis Børsting, PhD, Senior Advisor, Aarhus University

16:15 – 16.45 Manure sampling and Manure Calculation Tool. Its efficiency on farm and national level. Allan Kaasik, PhD, Assistant Professor, feeding advisor/consultant, the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, EMU

16:45 – 17:15 Assessment of the economic impact of new regulations under Water Act. Mati Mõtte, Advisor of Rural Economy Analysis Department, Estonian Agricultural Research Centre

17:15 – 17:45 Manure storage in Latvian farms, results of mapping and main challenges. Kaspars Žurinš, the Director of Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Center

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 Panel discussion on agroecology as a driver for food production

19.30 - 22.00 Conference dinner


25th April

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

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 - 11.30 Closing plenary on future visions (main building, assembly hall)

Health of the Baltic Sea and its influence on surrounding nations. Ms Susanna Kaasinen (HELCOM)

Human and nature relationship in agroecology. Ms Rea Raus (STATERA Research and Practice Centre for Sustainability and Regional Development)

Sustainable rural tourism. Eda Veeroja (Estonian farmer)

Healthy consumers influence on food production. Eha Nurk (The National Institute for Health Development)

Sustainable and ecologically friendly meat production. Katrin Noorkõiv (Liivimaa Lihaveis, Nordic Meats)

Meat Guide - helping the consumer to choose healthy and sustainable meat (tbc)

11.00-11.20 Wrap up and closing of the conference

11.20 - 12.00 Coffee break and walk to the fair.

12.00 Opening of the Agricultural fair 2019. Visit to the fair.