AgroForum Mare Balticum – Environmentally Smart Agriculture

19th – 21th April 2016

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

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


19. April

Arrival in Tartu

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


20. April
08.30-09.30      Registration and welcome coffee

09.30-12.30        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 Sus tainable 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 - invitations only)- 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))
Mr Edward Majevski (Warsaw University of Life Sciences) - Towards Environmentally Smart Agriculture – Case Study of Poland 
Mr Ants Hannes Viira (Estonian University of Life Sciences) - Towards Environmentally Smart Agriculture – Case Study of Estonia  
Mr Stanislav Babich (UNECON) - Towards Environmentally Smart Agriculture – Case Study of Leningrad Oblast, Russia
Mr Margus Ameerikas (Baltic Agro) - Innovation and International Markets - Success Story from Co-operation of Farmers 
Mr Martin Rand (VitalFields) - Data is the New Fertilizer We Should Use More of

Group 3 - Thematic session 2 - Resilience of Agriculture to the Environmental Changes (Main building, assembly hall (Kreutzwaldi 1A, assembly hall))
Ms Liisa Pietola (Chairwoman of the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Environment) - Sustainable Intensification
Ms Reve Lambur (Estonian Rural Economy Research Centre) - Environmental Rural Tourism - Added Value in Agriculture 
Prof Arvo Viltrop (Estonian University of Life Sciences) - Resilience of Agriculture in the Case of Cross-national Epidemics 
15.30 - 16.00       Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30       Sum-up plenary (main building assembly hall)  Panel discussion: Environmentally Smart Agriculture - The Smartest Road to Take?

19.00 - 22.00       Conference dinner (Restaurant Atlantis)

April 21
08.30 - 09.00       Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 - 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) - How Environmentally Smart Agriculture Helps to Contribute to Risk Management and Resilience in Contemporary Agriculture 
10.30 Mr Peter Carey (University of Cambridge) - Protecting Biodiversity in an Agricultural Landscape
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 Maamess 2016. Visit to the fair.