FAO Session in
COPA COGECA 2012 CONGRESS OF EUROPEAN FARMERS
3 October, Budapest, Hungary
The FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC) 2012 requested that the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia to prepare three studies for the ERC 2014. One of these papers is on cooperatives. Based on previous experience, the Regional Conference paper will be drafted based on a survey of the literature, a series of background papers on consultations over the two years preceding ERC 2014.
REU planned two events dealing with cooperatives as a part of the consultative and preparatory process for ERC 2014. The first was a session at the COPA-COGECA Congress in October 2012. The second is a Green Week roundtable discussion in January 2013.
At the COPA-COGECA Congress FAO has been allotted a slot for a session “The diversity of agri-cooperatives in Europe and Central Asia: how can different experiences be shared and utilized”. The event presented a series of studies on agricultural service cooperative movements in five areas of the European and Central Asian region: (1) Western Europe; (2) Central and East Europe New Member States; (3) Western Balkan countries; (4) Cooperative movement in Central Asia and the Trans-Caucasus; and (5) Cooperative movement in Turkey or Israel.
Cooperatives in Central Asia
Zvi Lerman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Cooperatives in the Caucasas and Moldova
John Millns, Meden Consultants
Cooperative Agriculture in Israel
Emerging Co-operatives in the New Member States: Hungarian Experience
Gabor G. Szabo, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Research Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Farmer’s role in ensuring food security
Marcela Villarreal, Director, Communication, Partnership and Advocacy, FAO
Cooperatives in the Western Balkans Accession Countries
Goran Živkov, SEEDEV – South East Europe Development