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 in the City Hall


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

9.45-10.05 Agroecology for Transforming Agriculture and Food Systems. Clayton Campagnolla, Strategic Programme Leader, FAO

10.05-10.25 Agro-ecology, sustainable agriculture: can we change policies and practices? Franck Jesus, Head of Natural Resources Policies Division, OECD

10.25-10.45 The Agroecology and the Common Agricultural Policy. Pierre Bascou, Director for Sustainability and Income Support in DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-11.35 „Agricultural and Rural Development issues“ Tengiz Kalandadze (Head of the Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia)

11.35-11.55 Agroecology from the Latvian perspective. Aivars Lapiņš (Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Latvia)

11.55-12.15 Agroecological principles in milk production. Andrii Dykun (Association of Milk Producers of Ukraine)


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) Moderator: Valdur Lahtvee

13.30-14.00 Estonian National climate policy goals for Agriculture sector. Martti Mandel (Head of Agricultural Environment Bureau of the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia)

14.00-14.30 Adaptation of farming systems to climate change. Ragnar Leming (Estonian University of Life Sciences)

14.30-15.00 Response of forest biomass to climate change and measures to carbon management in soils. Steffen M. Noe (Estonian University of Life Sciences)

15.00-15.30 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

13.30-14.00 Role of agroecology in climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation. Jerzy Kozyra (BIOECON)

14.00-14.30 Bioeconomy and agroecology in Russia. Prof Nadezhda Tcyganova (Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian University)

14.30-15.00 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)

15.00-15.30 Crop disease management using micro-ecology system. Prof Wang Aoxue (North-East Agricultural University, Dean of the College of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China)

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 outputsSusanna Kaasinen, HELCOM

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 ActMati 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 challengesKaspars 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: Is Agroecology the Solution?! Moderated by Ruve Schank. 

19.30 - 22.00 Conference dinner in the V-Spa restaurant (II floor), with pre-registration only. 


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)

9.00-9.30 Health of the Baltic Sea and its influence on surrounding nations. Susanna Kaasinen (HELCOM)

9.30-10.00 Sustainable food production with precision farming. Prof Kalev Sepp (Estonian University of Life Sciences)

10.00-10.30 Healthy consumers influence on food production. Eha Nurk (The National Institute for Health Development)

10.30-11.00 Sustainable and ecologically friendly meat production. Katrin Noorkõiv (Liivimaa Lihaveis, Nordic Meats)

11.00-11.30 Meat Guide - helping the consumer to find sustainable meat​. Silja Kana (Estonian University of Life Sciences)

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break and walk to the fair.

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