World Grain Forum 2009
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PRIMARY DISCUSSIONS AT THE WORLD GRAIN FORUM 

1. The reasons of food crisis, consequences, mitigation ways. 
The analysis of reasons which have entailed food crisis in 2007. Current state of food safety in the world, basic regions of risk, the analysis of agrarian inflation reasons and ways of solving of new problems.
 

2. Macroeconomic factors of economic development and forecast of prices for grain and the foodstuffs. 
Development trends of macroeconomic situation in various sub regions, consequences of world financial crisis of 2008 and its influence on consumption of food production, look-ahead scenarios of evolutionary change in agrarian structure of agrarian production manufacturers. Short and long-term change tendencies in grain manufacture and consumption in sub regional markets, consequences for world balance and market condition of grain.
 

3. National programs on support of agrarian manufacture. 
Today there is no accurate understanding of monodirectional programs on support of agrarian sector in the world. Input and development of the new areas for agricultural production is stimulated in one country, while in others manufacture is limited and lands are preserved. Diversity of agrarian policy in various countries seriously affects a situation in the world grain market, which determines necessity of discussion on the issue and need to develop records management mechanisms of possible consequences for the world market and agrarian policies of the countries for maintenance of stability and predictability of the world market,
 

4. National programs of internal demand stimulation. 
Change of demand and accordingly market condition of grain is substantially defined by national population income support programs   and stimulation of animal industries production and foodstuffs consumption. Countries gained various experience on stimulation of internal demand, and means for their achievement represent a considerable share of agrarian budget. The conference purpose is to estimate consequences of already implemented programs on support of consumption to develop recommendations and to discuss their consequences for the development of manufacture and world grain trade.
 

5. Humanitarian programs and their role in world agro industrial system. 
Humanitarian food aid programs have ambivalent influence on agrarian manufacture. On one hand they help to mitigate food supply problems of population. On the other hand they reduce incentive for the development of internal agrarian manufacture and its diversification, while strengthening dependence on external supplies and world markets. In such situation it is necessary to update humanitarian aid programs considering strengthening of their influence on national agriculture and stimulate internal solvent demand in recipient countries.
 

6. World trade policy: new challenges of globalization, localization and regional trade. 
World trade of agricultural foodstuffs grows, however researchers indicate growth of regional trade, simultaneous growth of trade globalization and increase risk of unsteadiness in national economies depending on world market state. The conference purpose: to discuss trends in manufacture growth; world trade and consumption of grain; influence of administrative and technical barriers in a number of countries which hamper international trade processes.
 

7. Innovations and biotechnologies in grain manufacture. 
It is offered to discuss development and implementation of achievements in biotechnologies, international cooperation in sphere of new technologies, selections and seed-growings, development of biofuel manufacture, consequences of global climate change on diversity of territorial structure of world grain trade and manufacture.
 

8. Establishment and functioning mechanisms of the international grain reserve fund. 
The last global changes in world grain market demand establishments of new international mechanisms for stabilization of grain balances, development of mutually advantageous policy of world community and its efficient reaction on fluctuations of world markets. 

9. Infrastructural risks of world grain trade 
Growth of world grain trade increases risks of world conjuncture alteration and changes in markets of exporting country, can affect on level of development and condition of transport and financial infrastructure. During discussion it is planned to consider risk management issues in world grain trade processes, the role and place of financial and insurance institutes of government and international cooperation programs on development of transport infrastructure and logistics optimization.
 

 

Forum schedule

 

PROGRAM OF THE WORLD GRAIN FORUM

SAINT-PETERSBURG, JUNE 6-7, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009 


15.15-17.30

Congress Hall

Hall 8A

PLENARY MEETING

GRAND OPENING OF THE FORUM 
WELCOMING SPEECH –
 Viktor Zubkov  First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Organizational Committee of the Forum

PLENARY MEETING:

PRODUCTION AND GRAIN MARKET, FOOD PROVISION OF

POPULATION – EXPECTATIONS OF GLOBAL CHANGES

Global financial economic crisis forms new risks in ensuring the world food security. The fundamental element of the world food security is the expansion of grain production. Limited land, water and innovation recourses, inaccessibility of innovation production technologies for many countries, different directions of national agricultural policies put more tough restrictions on the growth of grain production. Existing institutions of the global food security maintenance were established in another epoch and nowadays they demand modernization of their activity in the questions of coordination of grain production programs and grain market, affordability of grain and its products for people.

President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

Moderator – German Gref, Chairman of the Board, “Sberbank” of Russia

Jacques Diouf  Director-General, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Elena Skrynnik  Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation

Ilse Aigner – Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany

Sheila Sisulu  Deputy Executive Director, the United Nations World Food Programme

Klaus Rohland – Country Director and Resident Representative of the World Bank in Russia

Thomas Mirow  President, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Christopher Mahoney  Director, Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 Sunday, June 7, 2009

CONFERENCES (held simultaneously)

10.00-12.30

Hall 4.2

CONFERENCE 1

GRAIN PRODUCTION AND FOOD SECURITY PROVISION IN A MIDDLE AND A LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE

Role of grain in global food security, development potential. The world financial crisis and its consequences for grain production and grain availability securing for consumers. Expected scripts, middle and long-term tendencies of change in grain production and consumption. How will the world balance and the situation of the grain market look like in the perspective? What place will Russia rank in the global food security provision and in the world grain market in perspective?

Moderator –  Stefan Tangermann  Professor, University of Göttingen

Basic speakers:

Wayne Jones – Head of the Agro-food Trade and Markets Division, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Carl-Albrecht Bartmer – President, the German Agricultural Society (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft – DLG)

Alexander Sarris – Director, Trade and Markets Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Brian Wright  Professor, University of California

Riad Balaghi – Head of Department of Environment and Natural Resources of INRA-Morocco

Josef Schmidhuber  Senior Economist, ESAG, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Dmitry Rylko  Director General, the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR)

Wang Ying – Director of the Department of International Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture of China

William Meyers – Co-Director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), University of Missouri

Naoki Hayashida – Deputy Director-General for International Affairs Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan

Hermanus Uersteijlen – Director DG Agriculture, European Commission

10.00-12.30

Hall 4.1

CONFERENCE 2

PROGRAMS OF FOOD AID: PROBLEMS, WAYS AND MECHANISMS OF INCREASE OF EFFECTIVENESS IN MODERN CONDITIONS

Financial crisis and global food security –prognoses and assessments. Are modern mechanisms of food aid appropriate to long-term objectives to reach the global food security? How should the role of international institutes of the food aid change?

Moderator – Sergey Kiselev – Professor, Head of Agroeconomics Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Economics

Basic speakers:  

Yan Kubish – Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

David Nabarro – Assistant Secretary General in the United Nations, Coordinator for the Global Food Security Crisis

Sheila Sisulu  Deputy Executive Director, the United Nations World Food Programme

Alexey Meshkov  Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Italian Republic, Constant Representative of the Russian Federation to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Michael Mishner – Head of the Foreign Agricultural Service, USA

Nicole Menage  Chief, Food Procurement Service, the United Nations World Food Programme

Sergey Lisovskiy – Member of the The Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Klaus Rohland – Country Director and Resident Representative of the World Bank in Russia

Chris Moore – Senior Global Public Policy Advisor, the United Nations World Food Programme

Tnastda Nanda Kumar – Secretary, Department on Agriculture and Co-operation, Government of India

10.00-12.30

Hall 7.1

BUSINESS-FORUM 1

 BLACK SEA REGION: PLACE IN THE PROVISION OF THE WORLD GRAIN MARKET STABILITY

Grain production potential in the Black Sea Region (Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan). What place will the Black Sea Region grain rank at the world market in perspective? Agrarian policy in Russia, Ukraine andKazakhstan in the sphere of grain production and export. Perspective directions of investments and cooperation in the development of the grain sector of the Black Sea Region.

Moderator –  Alexander Tkachev – Governor of the Krasnodar Region

Basic speakers:

Vladimir Petrichenko –  Director General, the «ProZerno» company

Nikolay Demianov – Deputy Director General, International Grain Company (“Mezhdunarodnaya Zernovaya Kompaniya”)

Elena Skrynnik  Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation

Yurii Melnyk – Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine

Arman Evniev  Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Gilles Mettettal – Director for Agribusiness, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Andrey Samoylenko – Director, RIAS Group of Companies

Daniil Briman – Chairman of the Board, The Union of Russian Brewers

 

14.30-17.00

 CONFERENCES (held simultaneously)

 14.30-17.00

Hall 4.2

CONFERENCE 3

INNOVATIONS AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES IN GRAIN PRODUCTION   

The questions of the development and using of the biotechnical achievements, selection and seed growing are the main condition for stable development of grain production development. In what is the potential of innovation development of grain production and how to «download» the new cycle of the technological development? Biotechnologies: for and against.

 Moderator  Christian Bickert  Doctor of science, Editor-in-Chief of DLG-Mitteilungen è Agrifuture

 Basic speakers:

Reinhold Stephanes – Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil

John Atkin – Chief Operating Officer, Syngenta Crop Protection AG

Sirkka–Liisa Antila – Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

Viktor Korzun – Head of Cereals Biotechnology, KWS LOCHOW GMBH Meurig Raymond  Deputy President, National Farmers Union, Great Britain

William Wilson – Professor, North Dakota State University

Gong Xifeng – Deputy Director General , Bureau of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences

 14.30-17.00

Hall 4.1

CONFERENCE 4

FINANCING OF THE PROGRAMS OF GRAIN PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AND WORLD GRAIN TRADE                                           

Grain production development is impossible without boosting investments in the technological reequipment and infrastructure development, however the financial crisis has decreased the opportunities both of the long and short-term bank crediting. What measures should be taken by business and authority for the expansion of access to credits and at the same time minimizing risks of financial institutes? Priority directions of investment crediting. What role should international organizations play to stimulate investments?

Moderator  Charles Riemenschneider  Director, Investment Centre Division (TCI), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

 Basic speakers:

Yurii Trushin  Chairman of the Board, the Russian Agricultural Bank

Gilles Mettettal – Director for Agribusiness, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Alexander Solovyev – Deputy Chairman of the Board, “Sberbank” of Russia

Kirill Podolsky – Director General, the «Valars»  Group of Companies

Tatiana Crooijmans – Chief Executive Officer, Rabobank ZAO

Heike Harmgart – Principal Economist, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Gary Blumenthal – President, the World Perspectives, Inc.

Anatoly Ballo – Management Board member, Deputy Chairman of the State Corporation “Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)”

Oscar Chemerinski – Director, the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

 14.30-17.00

Hall 7.1

BUSINESS-FORUM 2

THE WORLD GRAIN TRADE: NEW CHALLENGES, RISKS, POSSIBILITIES

In the conditions of the crisis new risks of the grain business are indicated: the availability of credits decreases, the effective demand declines, the intensification of markets’ regionalization, frequent protectionism occasions. How will the development of financial markets influence on the grain production and trade? What perspectives of the grain business in the new season are opened in the next years?

 Moderator  Stefan Tangermann  Professor, University of Göttingen

 Basic speakers:

Stefan Tangermann  Professor, University of Göttingen

Abdolreza Abbassian  Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Grains, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Christopher Mahoney  Director, Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Pavel Skurikhin – Chairman of the Board of Directors of «Siberian agrarian holding» group

Lamon Rutten  Joint Managing Director, the Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX)

Andrey Igoshin – President, “Pava” company

Vincent Peterson – Vice-President for Overseas Operations, U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc

Zsolt Vincze – Assistant Vice-President, R.J. O'Brien & Associates

Vladislav Lukasik  President of the Agricultural Market Agency (Poland)


Chairman of Organizational Committee - 
Zubkov V.A.,
 
First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation

Organizers of the Forum are the

Government of the Russian Federation

 

Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation



Russian Grain Union

Contacts: 
tel/fax: +7 (495)607-82-85
 
avb@grun.ru

Supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 

Administration of St.Petersburg 

The World Bank  


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