AgroForum Mare Balticum – Environmentally Smart Agriculture

19th – 21st April 2016

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

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



18. April

Arrival to Tartu


19. April

10.00-18.00 Excursion in Lake Peipsi region (preliminary registration required)

16.00-18.00 Excursion in Tartu old town (preliminary registration required)

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


20. April

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

Moderator: Prof Allan Buckwell

8.30 - 9.30 Registration and welcome coffee


9.30 - 12.30 Opening plenary

Welcoming words:

Prof. Mait Klaassen, rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences

Mr Urmas Kruuse, Estonian minister of rural affairs


Keynote speeches:

Mr Raimund Jehle (Deputy Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia at FAO) - Addressing the Challenges of Sustainable Food Security and Climate Change through Climate Smart Agriculture

Mr Joost Korte (Deputy Director-General, Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission) - How Europe's Common Agricultural Policy Promotes Sustainability and Innovation

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

Mr Jan Lundin (Director General of the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic States) - The CBSS Contribution to Sustainable Development.

Mr Vladimir Grakun (Deputy minister of Agriculture of Belarus) 

Mr Vasile Luca (Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova)

Mr György Czerván (Secretary of State, Ministry of Agricultural Economy of Hungary


12.30 - 13.30 Lunch


13.30 - 15.30 Workgroups (respective rooms), plenary continues 

Group 1 - Heads of official delegations - Balance between Intensification and Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary Agriculture (Forestry building (Kreutzwaldi 5)) 

Group 2 - Thematic session 1 - Innovation and Environmentally Smart Agriculture (Manor house (Kreutzwaldi 1))

On the Way to Environmentally Smart Agriculture – Case Study of Poland - Ms Agata Malak-Rawlikowska (Warsaw University of Life Sciences)

On the Way to Environmentally Smart Agriculture – Case Study of Estonia - Mr Ants Hannes Viira (Estonian University of Life Sciences)

On the Way to Environmentally Smart Agriculture – Case Study of Russia - Mr Stanislav Babich (UNECON)

Innovation and International Markets - Success Story from Co-operation of Farmers - Mr Margus Ameerikas (Baltic Agro)

Resource Efficiency Through Higher Implmentation of Innovative Practices in Agriculture - Mr Martin Rand (VitalFields)

Group 3 - Thematic session 2 - Resilience of Agriculture to the Environmental Changes (Main building, assembly hall (Kreutzwaldi 1A, assembly hall))

Sustainable Intensification - Ms Liisa Pietola (Chairwoman of the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Environment)

Environmental Rural Tourism - Added Value in Agriculture - Ms Reve Lambur (Estonian Rural Economy Research Centre) 

Resilience of Agriculture in the Case of Cross-national Epidemics - Prof Arvo Viltrop (Estonian University of Life Sciences)


15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30 Sum-up plenary (main building assembly hall) - conclusions; reports of roundtables, chairs’ summary

Panel discussion: Environmentally Smart Agriculture - Is it the Smartest Road to Take? 

Parallel session: Key presentation: "Agri-environment as the essential element of the EU rural development policy", Toomas Kevvai, Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development of the Minsitry of Rural Affairs. Seminar for Eastern Partnership countries, organised by the Estonian Centre for Eastern Partnership. 

19.00 - 22.00 Conference dinner (Restaurant Atlantis)


21. April

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

Moderator: Prof Allan Buckwell

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and welcome coffee

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

9.00 Mr Giuseppe Fantozzi (The World Bank) - Challenges in the Global Food System

9.30 Dr Eva-Maria Gokel (Bavarian Centre of Excellence for Nutrition) - Healthy Food from Sustainable Agriculture

10.00 Prof Reiner Wittkowski (German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) - The Importance of Consumer Trust and the Role of an Independent Risk Assessment Body

10.30 Mr Peter Carey (University of Cambridge) - Biodiversity Dynamics Influenced by Agriculture

11.00 Mr Jean-Louis Buer (Regional Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of France, Poland) - The 4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate 


11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break and walk to the fair.

12.00 Opening of the Agricultural fair 2016. Visit to the fair.