Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty


Special preparatory session of the Farmers' Forum on "Youth in agriculture"

Saturday, 18 February 2012 (IFAD HQ)

09:00-09:30 Opening remarks: IFAD and MIJARC

  • How to facilitate access of rural youth to agriculture and agricultural related activities?
  • Presentation of the outcomes of the IFAD-supported grant to MIJARC implemented in collaboration with FAO
  • Discussion facilitated by a young representative
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Roundtable discussion on on-going rural youth-related initiatives (Discussion facilitated by a young representative)
12:00-14:00 Lunch
  • Working groups
  • Consolidation of the statements prepared during the regional workshops supported under MIJARC grant with a specific focus on recommendations:
    • to farmers' organizations for increasing young farmer representation
    • to IFAD and governments when designing policies and programmes
Coffee will be served during working groups

16:00-17:00 Presentation and discussion of the working group recommendations and the synthesis of deliberations of the special session


Sunday, 19 February 2012 (ARAN Park Hotel)

09:00 - 18:00

Preparatory and parallel meetings of networks of farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations (FOs)

14:00 - 18:00

Registration of participants

18:15 - 20:00

Farmers’ Forum Steering Committee meeting

  • review of the agenda
  • preparation for the synthesis of deliberations
  • designation of sessions chairs and rapporteurs  


The Farmers’ Forum global meeting

Monday, 20 February 2012 (IFAD HQ)

09:00 - 10:30

Opening session

  • Presentation of the agenda and introduction of the Steering Committee members
  • Address by the President of IFAD
  • Interventions by members of the Steering Committee: AFA, COPROFAM, LVC, PAFO, ROPPA, WFF, WFFP (5 minutes each). Intervention by the president of WFO (5 minutes)
10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:30

Plenary session: trends and developments in IFAD’s partnerships with FOs. IFAD presentation of “Partnership in Progress 2010-2011”, plenary discussion and wrap up of key issues for the regional working groups

12:30 - 13:00

Plenary session: feedback from the Saturday’s workshop on Youth in Agriculture

13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 17:30

Parallel regional working group sessions: progress achieved and future goals for IFAD-FO partnerships at national and regional levels:

  • West and Central Africa – Italian Conference Room (En/Fr)
  • East and Southern Africa – Oval Room A (En/Fr)
  • Near East, North Africa and Europe - Oval Room B (En/Fr/Ar)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean – Room C 400 4th floor wing C (Sp)
  • Asia and the Pacific – Room C 500 5th floor wing C (En)
17:30 - 18:30

Rapporteurs prepare their feedback from the regional working groups

19:30 - 20:30

Evening working session of the Steering Committee on recommendations on IFAD/FOs partnerships



Tuesday, 21 February 2012 (IFAD HQ)

8:30 - 10:45

Four parallel Thematic Working Groups:

  • Sustainable agriculture, Agro-ecology: how to promote and scale up good practices on the ground? – Italian Conference Room
    Arabic | English | French | Spanish
  • Sustainable fisheries: how fishers organizations can contribute to sustainable management of marine resources while improving incomes? – Oval Room A
    Arabic | English | French | Spanish
  • Institutional development and financial sustainability of farmers organisations: how external support can avoid the dependency syndrome and contribute to building more autonomous/self-sustaining FOs? – Oval Room B
    English | French | Spanish
  • Engaging RIO+20: what are the common objectives of FOs and IFAD? How can we effectively support each other? – Room C 500 5th floor wing C
10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

Plenary session: reports of the five regional working groups of Monday on the operational partnership on the ground

12:30 - 14:00


Preparation of the Short Synthesis of Deliberations for the GC (Steering Committee)

14:00 - 16:30

Plenary session: feedback from the four thematic working groups
Presentation, discussion and approval by FO representatives of the short  Synthesis of Deliberations

16:30 - 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 - 18:30

Final plenary session open to IFAD EB Representatives
Reading of the short Synthesis of Deliberations
Reactions of IFAD management (Associate Vice President, PMD)
Exchanges with EB Representatives
Closure of The Farmers’ Forum by Associate Vice President, PMD



Wednesday, 22 February 2012 (IFAD HQ)

The participants in The Farmers’ Forum are invited to the Governing Council with observer’s status. The Farmers’ Forum Synthesis of Deliberations is delivered to the Governing Council Plenary on 22 February (to be confirmed).

14:00 - 16:00

Farmers’ Forum side event on “Women’s Leadership” – Room C 500 5th floor wing C
Meeting with women farm leaders on follow up of the 2010 workshop on women leadership in Farmers’ Organizations, organized by IFAD Gender Desk


Side events of the Farmers’ Forum

Thursday, 23 February 2012 (IFAD HQ)

14:00 - 16:00

“Organic farmers organizations: empowering farmers and promoting sustainable rural development” organised by IFOAM. – Oval Room A
English | French | Spanish

14:00 - 16:00

“Linking research to advocacy in farmer organizations: building on country experiences”. organised by AgriNatura and the ESFIM project. – Oval Room B
English | French | Spanish

14:00 - 16:00

“The role of livestock for farmers coping with environmental and social challenges of the future”. organised by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières  – Europa. - Room C 500 5th floor wing C
English | French | Spanish

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 18:30

“Strengthening farmers' organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa– the Farmer Organization Support Centre in Africa” (FOSCA). organised by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). – Oval Room A
English | French | Spanish

16:30 - 18:30

“World Agricultures Watch”: FAO/CIRAD – organised by WAW secretariat at FAO. – Oval Room B
English | French | Spanish

16:30 - 18:30

“International Year of Cooperatives”: jointly organised by IFAD, WFP and FAO. – Room C 500 5th floor wing C
English | French | Spanish