PROGRAMME

Workshop 1
Day 1

Women contributing to Farming Sustainability

12th October
11:00 - 12:30

The theme of the 2023 Women Farmers Innovation Awards will be sustainability. Sustainability is not a new concept; its three dimensions have been pillars to the family farming model as long as agriculture has existed. Yet for EU policymakers, it has become the new buzzword in the long list of regenerative lexica. However, increasing attention is being paid to the role women can play in our changing environment. We require new ideas and solutions to answer some of our greatest global and societal challenges. To kick off the theme for the 2023 Innovation Award for Women Farmers, this workshop is dedicated to exploring the untapped potential in the role women farmers and those living in rural areas can play in making the agriculture and forestry sector more sustainable.

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Registration

09:30

start

11:00

end

Welcome and Introduction

Moderator:
Sally Shortall
Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy

11:00

start

11:05

end

Keynote Speaker

Beth Dooley

Agri-Environmental Policy Specialist & CAP Implementation Contact Point

11:05

start

11:20

end

Panel Discussion

Beth Dooley

Agri-Environmental Policy Specialist & CAP Implementation Contact Point

Marija Cafuk

Farmer and finalist for the Women's Innovation Award, 2020

Astrid Brunner

Farmer & Vice Chair of the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture Women´s Committee (LKÖ)

Jerónima Bonafé

Chair of Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España Women’s Committee

11:20

start

12:20

end

Closing Remarks

Lotta Folkesson

Chairwomen of Copa-Cogeca's Women Committee (LRF, SE)

12:20

start

12:30

end

LUNCH

12:30

start

14:00

end

Workshop 2
Day 1

How to better communicate on sustainable food systems?

12th October
13:00 - 18:00

EU farmers and their cooperatives are committed to communicating more efficiently with consumers and using smart tools and labelling adapted to consumers’ needs. These key topics will be addressed in the two panels of the workshop in an interactive way. An important part of this discussion shall be focused on sharing best practice and solution demonstrations.

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Registration

13:00

start

14:00

end

Opening words by Cogeca Vice-President

Agnieszka Maliszewska

Director, Polish Chamber of Milk and Cogeca Vice President

14:00

start

14:05

end

Introduction by the Moderator (Panel 1)

Natassa Antoniou

Project Officer EARSC

14:05

start

14:10

end

Keynote Speaker

Zoltan Szantoi

Land Applications Scientist, ESA

14:10

start

14:25

end

Panel 1: Digital solutions for monitoring and communicating farmers’ environmental performance

Zoltan Szantoi

Land Applications Scientist, ESA

Maria Skovager Østergaard

Farmer & Chief Consultant, Danish Agriculture and Food Council

Thierry Krier

President of CEMA

Roberto Rodriguez Alvarez

Sub-Director of the Direct aid Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund

14:25

start

15:45

end

Conclusions by the Moderator

Natassa Antoniou

Project Officer EARSC

15:45

start

15:50

end

Coffee break

15:50

start

16:10

end

Introduction by the Moderator (Panel 2)

Elli Tsiforou

Director General of Gaia Epicheirein

16:10

start

16:15

end

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Perdreau

Deputy Director of the Competitiveness and Ecological Transition Department of La Coopération Agricole

16:15

start

16:30

end

Panel 2: Contributing and communicating on sustainable production

Benjamin Perdreau

Deputy Director of the Competitiveness and Ecological Transition Department of La Coopération Agricole

Snjezana Mikulcic-Jakopovic

President of biodynamic association Luna and organic producer

Garlich Von Essen

Secretary General, Euroseeds

Pasquale di Rubbo

Policy Analyst DG AGRI, Unit A1 on Policy Perspective


This second panel will delve into rewarding and communicating on sustainable production through sustainability schemes and labelling.

16:30

start

17:50

end

Conclusions by the Moderator

Elli Tsiforou

Director General of Gaia Epicheirein

17:50

start

17:55

end

Closing remarks by Cogeca Vice-President

Agnieszka Maliszewska

Director, Polish Chamber of Milk and Cogeca Vice President

17:55

start

18:00

end

Dinner at Dalmatian Village

19:30

start

23:00

end

Plenary Session
Day 2

13th October

The second day will centre around the plenary session of the Congress which will include four panel sessions on the following topics; challenges and opportunities for EU agriculture, balancing food security and sustainability in the EU, leading the transition towards a long-term sustainability of the agri-food chain and EU agriculture on a global stage.

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Registration

08:00

start

08:30

end

Moderator

Dimitri Houtart

BBC Rural Affairs Champion & Radio 4 Rural Affairs & Environment Editor

08:30

start

18:00

end

Welcoming address

Mladen Jakopović

President of the hosting organisation - Croatian Chamber of Agriculture

Marko Jelić

Prefect of the Šibenik-Knin County

08:45

start

08:55

end

Opening speeches by Copa President and Cogeca President

Ramon Armengol

President of Cogeca

Christiane Lambert

President of Copa

08:55

start

09:10

end

Welcome Speech

Marija Vučković

Minister of Agriculture of Croatia

09:10

start

09:25

end

Panel Session 1: Challenges and opportunities for EU agriculture

Janusz Wojciechowski

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Zdeněk Nekula

Czech Minister of Agriculture, President in office of the EU Agricultural Council

Norbert Lins

Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament

Maurizio Martina

Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Mykola Solskyi

Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine


The Congress Plenary will involve four different panels; the first panel will discuss challenges and opportunities for EU agriculture.

09:25

start

11:05

end





Coffee break

11:05

start

11:30

end

Panel Session 2: Balancing Food Security and sustainability in the EU

Palle Borgström

President, LRF & Vice-president, Copa

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou

Head of Unit “Farm to Fork Strategy”, DG SANTE

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle

Director Veterinary and Plant Health Questions, Food and Forestry – Council Secretariat

Roxanne Feller

Secretary General AnimalHealthEurope


The second panel will look at balancing food security and sustainability in the EU.

11:30

start

13:00

end





Lunch

13:00

start

14:30

end

Presentation of the main outcomes of the workshops

Lotta Folkesson

Chairwomen of Copa-Cogeca's Women Committee (LRF, SE)

Agnieszka Maliszewska

Director, Polish Chamber of Milk and Cogeca Vice President

14:30

start

14:45

end

Panel Session 3: Leading the transition towards a long-term resilient and sustainable agri-food chain

Bernard Ader

Vice-President of Euralis & Vice-President of Cogeca

Diana Lenzi

President of CEJA

Dr George Vlahos

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, WWF Hellas

Olivier de Matos

Director General CropLife Europe


The third panel will delve into how to lead the transition towards long-term sustainability of the agri-food chain.

14:45

start

16:15

end





Coffee Break

16:15

start

16:45

end

Panel Session 4: EU Agriculture on a Global Stage

Pedro Gallardo

President of Asaja Cádiz & Vice-President of Copa

Cristina Rueda Catry

Member of Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis' Cabinet

Dirk Jacobs

Director General, FoodDrinkEurope

Lazaro Sandoval

Senior Agricultural Attaché, USEU


The fourth and final panel will discuss EU agriculture on a global stage.

16:45

start

17:45

end




Closing speeches by Cogeca President and Copa President

Ramon Armengol

President of Cogeca

Christiane Lambert

President of Copa

17:45

start

18:00

end

Departure by bus

19:30

start

20:30

end

Gala Dinner

The Atrium restaurant is situated at the entrance to the National Park “Krka” waterfalls, in a beautiful natural environment. Spoil your senses with a rich offer of traditional dishes prepared in a modern way and a top selection of local wines. It is a unique gourmet experience based on the combination of traditional Mediterranean cuisine and a modern preparation of dishes. Culinary artists pay attention to every single detail, from the freshness and quality of groceries, their quality preparation and finally their decoration and service to guests. The restaurant cherishes local tradition and homemade recipes, while always giving the utmost to be in step with the most modern techniques of food preparation.

20:30

start

23:00

end

Technical Visits
Day 3

14th October

The third and final day of the Congress will focus on visits which will be organised by the Croatian Chamber of Agriculture.

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TECHNICAL VISIT 1. TRADITIONAL CHEESE AND PROSCIUTTO

Visits to be organised by the Croatian Chamber of Agriculture. The first farm will be a cheese dairy "Sirana Stone" farm. The farm currently has 520 Dalmatian Curly sheep, which are grazed every day of the year, and the production is organic. Two years ago, they built a mini cheese factory to make their own cheeses, yogurt and milk from sheep's milk. The desire of the owners in the near future is to offer high quality cow and goat products from animals that graze on pastures, away from pollution and negative environmental impacts. Then the visit will lead to Testament vineyards which are located in the wine-growing region of Northern Dalmatia, in the immediate vicinity of the medieval town of Šibenik. The specific weather conditions and the peculiarity of the local soil require a constant struggle for the survival of the vines, and this age-old ritual is reflected in the more intense, deeper and fuller colours, flavours and aromas of the wine. The winery has a wine tasting room.

09:00

start

13:00

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TECHNICAL VISIT 2. DONKEY MILK, COSMETICS AND WINE

The first farm will be on Organic cultivation of immortelle and donkeys. The farm engages in the organic cultivation of immortelle, which is certified by the control body Biotechnicon. The farm visit will include a tour of the immortelle plantation, the donkey farm and the laboratory and the possibility of tasting local delicacies in "Viktoria's Corner". Followed by Farm Roca. The production of top-quality prosciutto in Dalmatia begins with pig breeding. The breeds raised are Yorkshire, Duroc and Landrace, because only these three give real prosciutto of the highest quality. A part of the Roca estate has been turned into an ethno museum – a house where we have preserved all the traditional elements of life in Dalmatia. A large part of the estate consists of a vineyard where indigenous Dalmatian varieties are grown.

09:00

start

13:00

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TECHNICAL VISIT 3. VEGETABLES, FIGS, OLIVES AND WINE

This is the first orchard with a photoselective anti-hail netting in the Republic of Croatia. The innovative technology of photoselective netting is applied in Italy, Israel, Australia, South Africa and other countries that base the development of fruit growing on innovations. The construction of anti-hail netting and the purchase of agricultural machinery and equipment were financed with funds from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Through the implementation of the project, red photoselective netting was installed on 3 ha of apple and 7 ha of peach and nectarine orchard. In addition to anti-hail protection, improved yield and fruit quality, due to the smaller opening size compared to the classic black anti-hail netting, this type of netting also creates a barrier for harmful insects, if also placed on the sides of the orchard, as is the case here. From there we will visit "olive and wine". The goal of the organic cooperative is the production of top organic products through olive growing (extra virgin olive oil and table olives in various preparations), viticulture (top and quality wines), and figs and their products.

09:00

start

13:00

end


Lunch

Return to hotel by 15:00.

13:00

start

14:00

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Return to hotel

14:00

start

15:00

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