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The Medium- and Long-term Vision: Transforming Agriculture and Rural Development in Romania
June 3, 2015Bucharest


Co-organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Bank, this conference aims to stimulate a broad public discussion on the current challenges and future goals in the Romanian agriculture and rural development, in relation to the long term global and European trends.

On June 3, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Bank will hold a high-level conference on The Medium- and Long-term Vision: Transforming Agriculture and Rural Development in Romania.

The conference aims to stimulate a broad discussion with sector stakeholders on the current challenges and future goals in the Romanian ARD, in relation to the long term global and European trends. 

It will equally serve as a forum for MADR senior management to present the medium- to long- term reform and investment priorities in agriculture and rural development (ARD), going beyond the EU-regulated framework. 

At the same time, it will be a platform for widely disseminating some of the main results of the Programmatic Reimbursable Advisory Assistance to the MADR for Strengthening Strategic and Operational Management, which has benefited from World Bank technical support.  Several of the knowledge products developed through this Assistance were geared to inform MADR’s sectoral and institutional reform choices; at the same time, a number of pilot initiatives demonstrated the benefits of streamlining and digitizing many of the workflows and procedures within the ARD administration.

The key sector challenges and strategic priorities for action are outlined in the Medium- and Long-term Vision (2020/2030) and in the subsequent strategic documents, prepared by MADR with World Bank technical support.  Adopting and implementing the sector vision and strategy documents would constitute a major step forward towards a coherent, far-reaching and stable public policy framework.

In addition, the Romanian agricultural administration also needs to undergo a comprehensive institutional reform, to include the modernization and digitization of its systems and procedures, and the strengthening of its human capacity to better meet current and future business needs.

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Agenda

09:00 – 09:30

Registration and coffee

 

 

09:30 – 09:45

Opening remarks

Elisabetta CAPANNELLI, Country Manager, World Bank, Romania

Daniel CONSTANTIN, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

 

Session 1: A Sustainable Future for the Romanian Agriculture and Rural Space

This session will bring out the outlook for the agriculture and rural space that Romania is envisioning by 2020/30. This vision is anchored in the three dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental and social, which respond to the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly integrated and interdependent world.

 

09:45 – 10:30

Panel interventions

Holger KRAY, Lead Agriculture Economist, World Bank

Farming for the future: the environmental sustainability of agriculture in a changing world

 

Franz FISCHLER, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, 1995-2004

Farming, a riskier business? The economic sustainability of agriculture in a more volatile world

 

Dacian CIOLOS, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2010-2014

Farming, as a way of life. Perspectives on the social sustainability of agriculture

 

Daniel CONSTANTIN, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

The long-term vision for a sustainable agriculture in Romania

 

10:30 – 11:30

Panel discussion and Q&A

 

Special focus: Building a Vision on the Green Promise

This session will feature the unique example of Ireland, who successfully developed its long term vision for agriculture and rural areas around the Origin Green Program.  This is the only sustainability program in the world that operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.  Independently verified, it enables Ireland’s farmers and producers to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets – reducing environmental impact, serving local communities more effectively and protecting the extraordinarily rich natural resources that the country enjoys.

 

 

11:30 – 12:00

Shane HAMILL, Bord Bia Origin Green Ambassador, World Bank

Smart, green and sustainable: Lessons from Ireland’s Food Harvest 2020 vision for agri-food growth

Grahame DIXIE, Adivsor, World Bank

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break

 

Session 2: Knowledge and Information Systems for Cutting-Edge Agriculture in Romania

This session will explore how unlocking the power of data and innovation can help both farmers and agricultural administrations perform better, and achieve the sector vision and strategic goals.  Better data systems will also foster knowledge generation and transfer among all actors in the sector. But strong actors are critical to start with.

 

13:00 – 13:45

Panel interventions

 

Holger KRAY, Lead Agriculture Economist, World Bank

Agriculture in the age of Big Data

 

Franz FISCHLER, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, 1995-2004

The knowledge economy in Europe and how it shapes farming

 

Dacian CIOLOS, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2010-2014

European Innovation Partnerships: when farming  goes high-tech 

 

Grahame DIXIE, Advisor, World Bank

Doing Business Indicators: measuring and benchmarking the performance of the regulatory environment

 

George TURTOI/Daniel BOTANOIU, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

New horizons: the outlook on a modern administration and public service delivery

 

13:45 – 14:45

Panel discussion and Q&A

14:45 – 15:00

Concluding Remarks

Elisabetta CAPANNELLI, Country Manager, World Bank, Romania

George TURTOI/ Daniel BOTANOIU, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

 

 

  • Daniel Constantin

    Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • George Turtoi

    State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Daniel Botanoiu

    State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Dacian Cioloș

    European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development from 2010 to 2014
  • Franz Fischler

    European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development from 1995 to 2004
  • Elisabetta Capannelli

    Country Manager, World Bank, Romania
  • Holger Kray

    Lead Agriculture Economist, World Bank
  • Grahame Dixie

    Advisor, World Bank
  • Shane Hamill

    World Bank Expert, and Ambassador of the Irish Food Board‘s Origin Green Program
Event
  • Date: 3 Jun, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 - 15:00
  • Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Calea Victoriei 63-81, Bucharest