WFO Annual Meeting 2024

PROGRAM

Harvesting Tomorrow: Farmers shaping the
Future of Agriculture and Food Production

Note: The program can be subject to changes.
MONDAY – 17 June 2024 – World Young Farmers’ Day
(Special Event Exclusive to Young Farmers – in person only)
08.00 – 17.00
Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion
09.00 – 10.30

Global Youth Consultation on Climate-Smart Agriculture
Session organised within the framework of the AgMission initiative
The consultation consists of a farmer-driven assessment aimed at comprehending the nuances of fostering climate-smart agriculture among young farmers, including the barriers to adoption they meet and the solutions they have found.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1 st Floor, Green Room

10.30 – 11.00
Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge
11.00 – 13.00

Global Youth Consultation on Climate-Smart Agriculture
Session organised within the framework of the AgMission initiative
The consultation consists of a farmer-driven assessment aimed at comprehending the nuances of fostering climate-smart agriculture among young farmers, including the barriers to adoption they meet and the solutions they have found.


FAO HQ, Building A, 1 st Floor, Green Room

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Building B, 8th Floor, Russian Lounge

14.00 – 15.30
WFO YOUNG Founding Event
This session aims to bring together young farmers from around the world to collectively shape the framework for WFO's official youth mechanism, a dedicated platform to empower young people to take the lead in their engagement on the global stage.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room
15.30 – 16.00
Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge
16.00 – 17.30
WFO YOUNG Founding Event
This session aims to bring together young farmers from around the world to collectively shape the framework for WFO's official youth mechanism, a dedicated platform to empower young people to take the lead in their engagement on the global stage.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room
18.30 – 22.00

Reception Dinner (Exclusive for Young Farmers and Invited Guests)
Hosted by CIA-Agricoltori Italiani
CIA-Agricoltori Italiani HQ "Villa Castelnuovo", Via Mariano Fortuny, 16 - Rome

MONDAY – 17 June 2024 – World Young Farmers’ Day
(Special Event Exclusive to Young Farmers)

 

08.00 – 17.00

Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion

09.00 – 10.30

Global Youth Consultation on Climate-Smart Agriculture
Session organised within the framework of the AgMission initiative
FAO HQ, Building A, 1 st Floor, Green Room

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

11.00 – 13.00

Global Youth Consultation on Climate-Smart Agriculture
Session organised within the framework of the AgMission initiative
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Building B, 8th Floor, Russian Room

14.00 – 15.30

WFO YOUNG Founding Event

This session aims to bring together young farmers from around the world to collectively shape the framework for WFO’s official youth mechanism, a dedicated platform to empower young people to take the lead in their engagement on the global stage.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

16.00 – 17.30

WFO YOUNG Founding Event

This session aims to bring together young farmers from around the world to collectively shape the framework for WFO’s official youth mechanism, a dedicated platform to empower young people to take the lead in their engagement on the global stage.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

18.30 – 22.00

Reception Dinner (Exclusive for Young Farmers and Invited Guests)

Hosted by CIA-Agricoltori Italiani

Villa Castelnuovo, Via Mariano Fortuny, 20 – Rome

 

 

TUESDAY – 18 June 2024 – WFO Annual Meeting
08.00 – 17.00
Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion
08.30 – 09.30

WFO Constituencies’ Meetings
• European Constituency: Philippines Room (Building C, 2nd Floor, Room 77)
• African Constituency: Green Room (Building A, 1st Floor)

09.30 – 11.00

“United Nations Decade of Family Farming Stocktaking Moment”
Session co-organised by WFO, La Via Campesina and the World Rural Forum
2024 marks the halfway point of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028, an initiative established by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the importance of family farming in national public policies and investments. 
The World Farmers' Organisation (WFO) has recently taken on the vice-presidency of the International Steering Committee of the Decade, which includes Member States and Family Farmers Organizations. The WFO has decided to convene this session during its Annual Meeting to gather best practices and recommendations from farmers worldwide. The aim is to evaluate the Decade's progress, showcase successful implementation, and identify areas needing further attention to fully achieve the Decade's goals.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

11.30 – 13.00

“Innovation and Digitalization in Agriculture”
Session co-organised by WFO and EU-funded Projects DIVINE and TRUSTyFOOD
Guided by insights from the EU-funded projects DIVINE and TRUSTyFOOD, of which the World Farmers' Organisation (WFO) is a proud partner, this session will examine the challenges and opportunities arising from the transition to digitalisation in agriculture. It will explore the potential of blockchain technology to address traceability and transparency issues in food supply chains and the untapped potential of a data-driven economy in agriculture. The session will feature the participation of young farmers from the Global North and the Global South, enriching the discussion with their perspectives.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Atrium

14.00 – 18.00

Opening Ceremony
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

19.00 – 22.30

Gala Dinner
Hosted by Coldiretti
Coldiretti HQ “Palazzo Rospigliosi”, Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 43 - Rome

TUESDAY – 18 June 2024 – WFO Annual Meeting

 

08.00 – 17.00

Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion

08.30 – 09.30

WFO Constituencies’ Meetings
• European Constituency: Philippines Room (Building C, 2nd Floor, Room 77)
• African Constituency: Green Room (Building A, 1st Floor)

09.30 – 11.00

“United Nations Decade of Family Farming Stocktaking Moment”
Session co-organised by WFO, La Via Campesina and the World Rural Forum

2024 marks the halfway point of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028, an initiative established by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the importance of family farming in national public policies and investments.
The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) has recently taken on the vice-presidency of the International Steering Committee of the Decade, which includes Member States and Family Farmers Organizations. The WFO has decided to convene this session during its Annual Meeting to gather best practices and recommendations from farmers worldwide. The aim is to evaluate the Decade’s progress, showcase successful implementation, and identify areas needing further attention to fully achieve the Decade’s goals.

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

11.30 – 13.00

“Innovation and Digitalization in Agriculture”
Session co-organised by WFO and EU-funded Projects DIVINE and
TRUSTyFOOD
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Atrium

14.00 – 18.00

Opening Ceremony
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

18.30 – 22.00

Gala Dinner
Hosted by Coldiretti
Palazzo Rospigliosi, Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 43 – Rome

 

 

We kindly inform you that the Internal Affairs Session of the WFO General Assembly is reserved exclusively for WFO Members. Thank you for your understanding.

WEDNESDAY – 19 June 2024 – WFO General Assembly Session
08.00 – 17.00
Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion
08.30 – 09.30

WFO Constituencies’ Meetings
• European Constituency: Philippines Room (Building C, 2nd Floor, Room 77)
• African Constituency: Green Room (Building A, 1st Floor)

09.30 – 11.00

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

11.30 – 13.00

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Building B, 8th Floor, Russian Lounge

14.00 – 15.30

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

16.00 – 17.30

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

19.00 – 23.00

Social Dinner
Hosted by World Farmers’ Organisation
The Sanctuary Eco Retreat, Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4A - Rome

WEDNESDAY – 19 June 2024 – WFO General Assembly Session

 

08.00 – 17.00

Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion

08.30 – 09.30

WFO Constituencies’ Meetings
• European Constituency: Philippines Room (Building C, 2nd Floor, Room 77)
• African Constituency: Green Room (Building A, 1st Floor)

09.30 – 11.00

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

11.30 – 13.00

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Building B, 8th Floor, Russian Room

14.00 – 15.30

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

16.00 – 17.30

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

18.30 – 22.00

Social Dinner
Hosted by World Farmers’ Organisation
The Sanctuary Eco Retreat, Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4A – Rome

 

 

Moderated by Mr Dimitri Houtart, BBC Rural Affairs Champion

THURSDAY – 20 June 2024 – WFO Annual Meeting High-level Session
08.00 – 17.00
Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion
09.00 – 09.05

High-level Session Opening
Speaker: Mr Dimitri Houtart, BBC Rural Affairs Champion
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

09.05 – 10.35

“Regenerative Agriculture - Who’s paying for the cost of transition?”
Regenerative agriculture is a tool to achieve common gains: increase sustainability levels in food systems while maintaining productivity and food security. The whole food value-chain should combine their effort to fairly redistribute the costs of transition along with the actors who are benefitting from it. Who’s truly paying for the cost of transition?
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

10.35 – 11.05

“The Food Systems Database”
Presentation of the Planet Food System Explorer
Speaker: Prof Peer Ederer, Member of the WFO Scientific Council
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream

11.05 – 11.30

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

10.30 – 12.45

“Agro-Innovation-Solutions for Challenges of Tomorrow”
Recognising the crucial role of farmers in ensuring food and nutrition security, addressing climate change, and preserving biodiversity, this session aims to investigate how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other new technologies can empower farmers, enhance their productivity and ensure food and nutrition security for everyone.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

12.45 – 13.00

“Farmers Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Production”
Reflections from morning discussions
Speaker: Dr David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD Foundation
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Atrium

14.00 – 15.15

“Financing the Transition to More Sustainable Food Systems”
After a scene-setting introduction, the audience will hear directly from the farmers about their experiences accessing or trying to access climate finance and the obstacles they found. Representatives from multilateral funds, agricultural banks and private investors, will help place those experiences into the broader picture of trends and opportunities facing the financial sector.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

15.45 – 17.00

“Leveraging the Potential for Trade to Improve Food and Nutrition Security in a Sustainable Manner”
Session co-organised by WFO and US Dairy Export Council (USDEC)
The farmers will set the agenda for a discussion involving the WTO, government representatives, the private sector and trade experts discussing the main challenges facing the global trading system and the improvements needed to ensure trade can effectively support the transition towards more sustainable food systems with farmers at their core.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

17.00 – 17.30

“From COP28 to COP30: Integrating agriculture and food systems into Climate Action”
This panel discussion will explore the role farmers are expected to play in implementing the merged food systems and climate agenda. Key questions include resolving the current negotiation impasse and ensuring that farmers' voices and needs are adequately represented in future climate policies.
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

17.30 – 17.45

High-level Session Closing
Speaker: Dr David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD Foundation
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

17.50 – 18.30

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session Closure
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

18.30 – 19.00

WFO President’s Closing Remarks
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

THURSDAY – 20 June 2024 – WFO Annual Meeting High-level Session

 

08.00 – 17.00

Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion

09.00 – 09.05

High-level Session Opening
Speaker: Mr Dimitri Houtart, BBC Rural Affairs Champion
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

09.05 – 10.30

“Regenerative Agriculture – Who’s paying for the cost of transition?”

Regenerative agriculture is a tool to achieve common gains: increase sustainability levels in food systems while maintaining productivity and food security. The whole food value-chain should combine their effort to fairly redistribute the costs of transition along with the actors who are benefitting from it. Who’s truly paying for the cost of transition?

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

10.30 – 10.45

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

10.45 – 11.45

“Enabling environment for farmers” (TBC)

This session will discuss the impact of the political environment at national and international levels on the farmers’ business. Perspectives will include that of public regulators, agriculture negotiators, private sector entities that work in support of farmers, i.e., insurance bodies.

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

11.45 – 12.45

“Agro-Innovation-Solutions for Challenges of Tomorrow”

Recognising the crucial role of farmers in ensuring food and nutrition security, addressing climate change, and preserving biodiversity, this session aims to investigate how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other new technologies can empower farmers, enhance their productivity and ensure food and nutrition security for everyone.

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

12.45 – 13.00

“Farmers Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Production”

Reflections from morning discussions
Speaker: Dr David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD Foundation

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Atrium

14.00 – 14.30

“The Food Systems Database”

Presentation of the Planet Food System Explorer
Speaker: Prof Peer Ederer, Member of the WFO Scientific Council

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

14.30 – 15.30

“Financing the Transition to More Sustainable Food Systems”

After a scene-setting introduction, the audience will hear directly from the farmers about their experiences accessing or trying to access climate finance and the obstacles they found. Representatives from multilateral funds, agricultural banks and private investors, will help place those experiences into the broader picture of trends and opportunities facing the financial sector.

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee Break

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Korean Lounge

15.45 – 17.00

“Leveraging the Potential for Trade to Improve Food and Nutrition Security in a Sustainable Manner”

Session co-organised by WFO and US Dairy Export Council (USDEC)

The farmers will set the agenda for a discussion involving the WTO, government representatives, the private sector and trade experts discussing the main challenges facing the global trading system and the improvements needed to ensure trade can effectively support the transition towards more sustainable food systems with farmers at their core.

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

17.00 – 17.30

“From COP28 to COP30: Integrating agriculture and food systems into Climate Action”

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

17.30 – 17.45

High-level Session Closing
Speaker: Dr David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD Foundation

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room (livestream)

17.50 – 18.30

WFO General Assembly – Internal Affairs Session Closure

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

18.30 – 19.30

WFO President’s Closing Remarks

FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

 

FRIDAY – 21 June 2024 (in person only)
08.00 – 17.00

Farm Visits

FRIDAY – 21 June 2024
(in person only)

 

08.00 – 17.00

Farm Visits

 

 

MONDAY – 17 June 2024 – WFO Young Forum
(Special Event Exclusive to Young Farmers)
08.00 – 17.00
Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion
09.00 – 10.30
Global Youth Consultation in collaboration with AgMission
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room
10.30 – 11.00
Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Room TBC
11.00 – 13.00
Global Youth Consultation in collaboration with AgMission
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room
13.00 – 14.00
Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Building B, 8th Floor, Russian Room
14.00 – 15.30
Session dedicated to Young Farmers
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room
15.30 – 16.00
Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Room TBC
16.00 – 17.30
Session dedicated to Young Farmers
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room
18.00 – 22.00
Networking Aperitivo
Venue TBC

MONDAY – 17 June 2024
WFO Young Forum
(Special Event Exclusive to Young Farmers)

 

08.00 – 17.00

Badge Collection
FAO HQ, Main Entrance, Security Pavilion

09.00 – 10.30

Global Youth Consultation in collaboration with AgMission
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Room TBC

11.00 – 13.00

Global Youth Consultation in collaboration with AgMission
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break
FAO HQ, Building B, 8th Floor, Russian Room

14.00 – 15.30

Session dedicated to Young Farmers
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Room TBC

16.00 – 17.30

Session dedicated to Young Farmers
FAO HQ, Building A, 1st Floor, Green Room

18.00 – 22.00

Networking Aperitivo
Venue TBC

 

 

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