Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty



Inaugural session


Governing Council roundtables: Smallholder agriculture and food security in the twenty-first century

Roundtable 1: Food price volatility how to help smallholder farmers manage risk and uncertainty 

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Panelists

  • Dr Mustafa Abubakar, Director, BULOG, Indonesia
  • Ajay Vashee, President International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)
  • Gonzalo Fanjul Suárez, Head of Research, Intermón Oxfam
  • David Stevenson, Director, Policy, Planning and Strategy Division, World Food Programme (WFP)

Roundtable 2: The growing demand for land – risks and opportunities for smallholder farmers

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Panelists

  • Noel De Luna, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO and IFAD, Embassy of The Philippines in Rome
  • Pär Oscarsson, Land/Agriculture Manager, SEKAB BioEnergy (T) Ltd
  • Stephen A. Ruvuga, Executive Director, National Network of Farmers Groups (MVIWATA), United Republic of Tanzania
  • Dr Sonja Vermeulen, Programme Director, Business and Sustainable Development, Sustainable Markets Group, International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Dr. Eckart Woertz, Programme Manager Economics, Gulf Research Centre

Roundtable 3: Research and innovation for smallholder farmers in the context of climate change

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Panelists

  • Michel Griffon, Director General, National Research Agency, France   
  • Estrella A. Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers'Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
  • Eija Pehu, Senior Advisor, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank 
  • Dr. Hans R. Herren, President, Millennium Institute