Side event: Copa-Cogeca and Agricord @ AU-EC Ministerial Conference

  • 03rd July 2017
  • by secretary

2 July 2017Side event: Copa-Cogeca and Agricord (352.41 KB, PDF).

Opening by Copa-Cogeca
Mr Scanavino – President of CIA (Confederazione Italiana Agricultura of Italy) – member of COPA-COGECA and Associated member from AgriCord
Mr Scananivo is president of CIA since 2014. He is a producer and leader of the Vineyards and nursery entrepreneurs in Calamandrana. He is former vice president of CIA and president of CIA of Asti since 2002.

Farmers’ organisations: engaging by and with the agricultural private sector 

Theo de Jaeger – President of SACAU (Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions) – partner of We Effect (agri-agency of LRF, the Federation of Swedish Farmers) and partner of Agriterra (agri-agency of LTO, the Farmers’ Organisation from the Netherlands)

  • Which are important investment opportunities for agriculture and small holders that favour development and why? 
  • What are comparative advantages of farmers’ organisations , producer groups and their cooperatives for investors or to access finance together? 
  • Why do investments in agriculture remain a challenge and for what type of investments farmers’ organisations face concrete challenges? 
  • Which concrete measures could promote investments by and for farmers’ organisations and their cooperatives (based on concrete experience). How could the public sector favour this type of necessary investments? 
  • How could digitalisation play a role in improving access to investments and value chains for farmers’ organisations and smallholders ?

Integrating young farmers in agriculture 

  • Denis Kabiito – UNYFA (Uganda National Young Farmers’ Association) – partner of AHA (agri-agency of DBV, Deutscher Bauernverband, the German Farmers’ Organisation) Denis Kabiito is the national coordinator for the newly founded Uganda National Young Farmers Association. He is a biologist, a farmer, fisheries scientist and aqua culturist. He has served as an extensionist with a 10-year work experience in rural extension development work, advocacy, training and with agricultural producer associations and primary co-operatives in the central region of Uganda.
  • Simon Schlüter – DBV Germany Head of Brussels Office, International Affairs – Deutscher Bauernverband
  • Ibrahim Sidibé – Fédération Nationale des Jeunes Ruraux du Mali (FENAJER) and partner of AFDI (Agri-agency of les Jeunes Agriculteurs de France) Ibrahim Sibidé is the secretary general of the National Federation of Young rural people, a member of Coordination nationale des organisations paysannes du Mali (CNOP) and member of CNOP’s network of agro ecological farmers. Ibrahim Sidibé is a Malian farmer, managing a farm producing laying hen, cereals and vegetables.
  • Vincent Touzot – Jeunes Agriculteurs de France and member of AFDI. Vincent Touzot is a farmer, responsible for CAP and international affairs at Jeunes Agriculteurs (JA), and member of Afdi’s Board. Vincent works with his associate on a farm of 120 ha and has 50 milking cows. He produces milk that is then used to make butter ‘AOC Charentes Poitou’. Since his farm is situated in a vulnerable zone he practises sustainable farming methods.
  • Jackie Mkindi CEO – TAHA (Tanzanian Horticultural Association) – partner of FFD (agri-agency of MTK, the Finnish Farmers and Forest Producers’ Organisation) Jacqueline Mkindi is Executive Director/CEO in the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), an apex body that works to promote and develop the Tanzania horticulture. She is a development manager, specialized in Business and Trade. She is also an entrepreneur in the horticultural industry herself and she has risen from various positions in the Private Sector.
  • Tiina Huvio, FFD/MTK Finland Mrs. Huvio is Progamme Director of the Finnish Agri-Agency for Food and Forest Development. Ms. Tiina Huvio has a carrier of twenty years in the development cooperation and she has worked in both multilateral and bilateral organizations, and since 2013 as coordinator with the Finnish Agri-Agency for Food and Forest Development (FFD). She has been involved in agri forestry and forestry via farmers’ organisations throughout her whole career.
Closing speech 
Jean François Isambert – President of AgriCord Mr. Isambert is president of AGRICORD, an international alliance of 12 agriagencies, mandated by farmers’ organisations to support their peers in developing countries. He is also General Secretary of AGPB (the Association of French Wheat producers)