Events of the week (June 22-28)

Rural development, the future of agriculture, livestock, climate change and food waste reduction. These core topics in the UN Theme for Expo -- The Zero Hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world -- and in the next development agenda take centre stage at Expo Milano 2015 this week in a number of events where many UN representatives will participate in.

June 23-25: Round Table: Searching Solutions for the International Food Trade, organized by The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), at the Brazilian Pavilion.

The round table will be the opportunity to bring together decision makers, opinion formers, Government, private sector and civil society representatives to discuss the possibilities and challenges of the international food trade.

On June 23 Mr Clayton Campanhola, Director of the FAO Plant Protection Division will participate in the seminar Brazil-Africa cooperation for sustainable agricultural production and trade, from 14.30 to 17.30, while on June 25 Ms Lorena Jaramillo, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will participate in the seminar Traditional agricultural and biodiversity-based products in international trade, from 18.00 to 20.30. 

June 23: International Seminar: "Partnership opportunities for scientific and technological cooperation in the field of rural development and agriculture: a session with the international organizations." organized by the Regional Cooperation Wallonia, Wallonie Bruxelles International (WBI), at the Palazzo delle Stelline Congress Centre, Milan city center from 09.00 to 12.30.
The seminar aims to foster the cooperation between Northern and Southern countries to kick start joint scientific projects in the agribusiness field and/or to participate in projects promoted by international organizations.
Ms Yvette Diei-Ouadi from the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department will participate with a speech on Fisheries in the context of social protection and nutrition.

June 24-July 1: Bocconi #FoodSavingBEC – Bocconi Expo2015 Competition Week, organized by the Luigi Bocconi University (Milan) in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, and the European Commissione with the patronage of UN-EXPO, FAO and WFP.  
This competition gathers 120 students from 28 countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brasil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaisya, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Ungary, United States, Vietnam. The objective is to to contribute innovative ideas, working in teams to find alternative solutions to the problem of food waste.

On 26 June, Ms Camelia Bucatariu of the FAO Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division will give a lecture on Urban food waste prevention and reduction from primary production to end consumer’s level at 14.30-16.00 at the Luigi Bocconi University.
On 30 June, UN-Expo Team Coordinator Ms Clara Velez Fraga is part of the jury that will select the winning student projects at the finals and award ceremony on June 30 at the Italian Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

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June 24-27: World Farmers' Organisation (WFO) 5th General Assembly at the University Politecnico di Milano. WFO’s mandate is to bring together farmers’ organisations and agricultural cooperatives from all over the world, representing the global farmer community: nano, small, medium and large-scale farmers. WFO’s mission is to represent and advocate on behalf of farmers in global policy forums and create the conditions for the adoption of policies aimed to improve the economic environment and livelihood of producers, their families, and rural communities

Speakers at the General Assembly include a number of UN representatives: on 24 June, Mr. Rasit Pertev, Secretary of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ms. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International; on 26 June, Mr. Cristoph Martin Frick, Director of  the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of FAO; Ms. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International; and Ms. Gerda Verburg, Chair, Committee on World Food Security.

On the 27th, the Assembly will visit Expo Milano 2015.

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June 25: Organized by Switzerland in partnership with FAO Animal Production and Health Division, the international panel on Food Security and Climate Change: Shaping Innovation for Agriculture’s Future will be the occasion to discuss answers to the many food challenges such as those to mitigate climate change. Greater numbers of floods and periods of drought will influence yields; diseases and new pests will add further stress on agricultural productivity; additionally, agriculture and related activities need to reduce their emissions. The future of agriculture and food security can only be successful if innovation gets sufficient space in politics and society, in the lab and on the field.
This international panel will be hold from 10.30-13.00 at the Swiss Pavilion and followed by an afternoon workshop on sustainable livestock and climate smart agriculture. It will see the participation of Mr. Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General, FAO Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department.

June 26: Sustainable Solutions for Energy, Climate and Food. This conference is organized by the European Commission, DG Energy at the EU Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Looking at the entire agri-food chain from farm to fork, this conference will bring together senior political leaders including Commissioner Arias Cañete, ministers from the EU Member States, as well as the business and scientific community to discuss the challenge of sustainably powering the next agricultural revolution.  In addition to the high-level opening session kicked off by Commissioner Arias Cañete, the conference will also include sessions focused on best practices in farming, food processing, retail and consumption, as well energy for agriculture in the developing world.
Mr Olivier Dubois, Senior natural resources officer of the FAO Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, will moderate one of the afternoon sessions, starting from 14.30.

June 26: Contribution of livestock and livestock products to food security and nutrition. This joint initiative of the French Government and FAO will be held at the French Pavilion afrom 13.30 to 18.00. Opening remarks will be delivered by Mr Berhe Tekola, Director of the FAO Animal Production and Health Division. At 2.30pm, Ms Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Nutrition Officer, Policy and Programmes of the FAO Nutrition Division,will participate in the round table discussion on “Livestock products – from quality nutrition to quality of life” addressing on On the value of animal source food, from reducing malnutrition to gastronomy. 

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