Migration and Agri-Food Systems, Causes and Solutions
The Square, Brussels
June 06, 2018

June 06, 2018

Alex Thomson
Anchor and Chief Correspondent, Channel 4 News, UK


9:00 - 9:05

Opening - Welcoming remarks

Paolo Barilla
Vice-Chairman, BCFN Foundation

9:05 - 9:30

Interview with:

Andrea Renda
Senior Fellow, CEPS; Professor of Digital innovation, College of Europe, Brussels; Member of the High Level Expert Group on AI, European Commission

9:30 - 9:45

The BCFN’s vision on food, migration and sustainability

The BCFN’s vision on food, migration and sustainability

Barbara Buchner
Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative

9:45 - 10:05

Setting the scene: The SDGs and food and nutritional sustainability

The SDGs and food and nutritional sustainability

Gerda Verburg
United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Coordinator of the SUN Movement

10:05 - 10:20

State of play: The Food Sustainability Index: an overview of global performances and best practices

Leo Abruzzese
Senior Global Director of Public Policy, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

10:20 - 10:40

Interview: An EU Institutional perspective on sustainable food systems

Karina Angelieva
Head of Sector Research & Education, Bulgarian Permanent Representation to the EU
Paolo De Castro
Member of the European Parliament (Socialists and Democrats, S&D) - Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) - Member, BCFN Board of Directors

10:40 - 11:10

Coffee break

11:10 - 11:50

Panel debate: What model of rural development can bring the most benefit to Europe and the Mediterranean region?

Mohamed Ahmed Wageih
Director of Social Innovation & Business Incubation Center, SEKEM Development Foundation
Myriam Perez
Director, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)
Roberto Ridolfi
Special Adviser on Strategy and Financing Development, FAO
Sébastien Abis
Director, Club DEMETER - Associate Research Fellow, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS)

11:50 - 12:00

Audience Quiz: How can we ensure a sustainable future of food?

12:00 - 12:15

Keynote: How does the EU plan to deliver on a reformed and more efficient Common Agricultural Policy within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals?

Phil Hogan
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

12:15 – 12:35

Keynote: The third dimension: technologies and trends that will change the way we farm, eat and secure a future for all

Gunter Pauli
Entrepreneur and writer - Founder and Chairman, Zeri Foundation

12:35 - 13:45

Lunch break (Mediterranean menu)


13:45 - 14:00

State of play: The food and environmental root causes of migration

Lucio Caracciolo
President, Macrogeo

14:00 - 14:15

Keynote: Leveraging the development potential of migration for food systems

Rodrigo de Lapuerta
Director, Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

14:15 - 14:55

Real stories: From research and policymaking to concrete solutions

Faris Farrag
Founder & CEO Bustan Aquaponics
Majeda Khouri
Chef, Migrateful
Oscar Ekponimo
Founder and CEO, Chowberry

14:55 - 15:15

Keynote speech: Transforming Africa’s food and agriculture systems to stem the tide of migration

Agnes M. Kalibata
President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 16:45

European Parliament Debate: How should the EU help address the environmental and food-related root causes of migration, now and going forwards?

Fabio Massimo Castaldo
Vice-President and Member of the European Parliament (EFDD, Italy)
Jasenko Selimovic
MEP (ALDE, Sweden)
Maria Heubuch
Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Marie Arena
Member of the European Parliament (S&D, Belgium)
Sofia Ribeiro
Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Portugal)

16:45 - 16:50

Audience Quiz: Do you agree with the closing statements of the European Parliament debate?

16:50 - 17:10

Closing remarks: Balancing short and long-term solutions in addressing hunger and migratory flows

Valerie N. Guarnieri
Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

17:10 - 17:30

Making a difference

Bob Geldof
Musician and Activist, Founder Band Aid and Live Aid
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