Where agriculture & environment meet for an open dialogue
FFA2019 : The next generation
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Square, Brussels

FFA partners

The Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) is the premiere meeting place in Brussels to debate sustainable agriculture and environmental challenges. FFA is where agriculture and environment meet for an open dialogue.
Founding partners
The European Landowners’ Organization and Syngenta came together in 2008 to create a new, open and inclusive place in Europe where all stakeholders interested in contributing to a more sustainable agriculture system could come together to debate and share knowledge and expertise on how this could be achieved. They remain committed to that goal and have now invited other organisations to join and help take forward the FFA on the next phase of its journey.
The European Landowners' Organization (ELO), created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the 28 EU Member States and beyond, which represents the interests of landowners, land managers and rural entrepreneurs at the European political level. Independent and non-profit making, the ELO is the only organization able to stand for all rural entrepreneurs. The ELO promotes a prosperous countryside through private property dynamism. Its Secretariat is based in Brussels.
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Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.
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Strategic partners

Our strategic partners support the mission of the FFA to contribute to the development of a more sustainable food and agriculture system. In doing so, they work together with our founding partners under the guidance of the FFA chairman to enable the strategic development of the Forum and help to shape its annual work program. The Partners also act as a sounding board and provide counsel on our thought leadership activities and positions. The Partners also exchange knowledge and expertise on what works on the ground, as well as constructively challenging each other, as well as other stakeholders in their community, to help create a more sustainable food system.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.
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WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, active in 100+ countries. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving biological diversity, ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and reducing pollution and wasteful consumption. WWF EU contributes to this global mission by helping to shape EU environmental policies.
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Thought For Food™ is dedicated to empowering the next generation of innovators to build new solutions that transform our food system. Our movement unites bold, unconventional thinkers and doers from all disciplines and all parts of the globe.
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Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 153 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.
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The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. The Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU is from Jan 1 - Jun 30, 2019 and includes the period of FFA2019. The priorities of the Romanian Presidency are driven by the motto: cohesion, a common European value, understood as unity, equal treatment and convergence. The presidency programme focuses on four main priorities: Europe of convergence, a safer Europe, Europe as a strong global actor and Europe of common values.
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FFA friends

The goal of DEUTZ-FAHR is to supply farmers and contractors with state-of-the-art agricultural machines that facilitate work and maximise productivity. The brand offers a full line range with contemporary style, high levels of comfort, modern powerful engines and forward thinking features. 
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Mondelēz International, Inc. empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2018 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum.
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Friends of the Countryside represents the custodians of European estates and the traditional industries, patrimony, and heritage in their stewardship. These landowners, entrepreneurs and decision makers which compose FCS, create a network of like-minded individuals united to promote the interests of their land and livelihood through innovative and sustainable practices. Through the platform of ELO, Friends of the Countryside are able to ensure that their voice is heard throughout the European Union and beyond.
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The Rural Investment Support for Europe (RISE) Foundation is an independent foundation which strives to support a sustainable and internationally competitive rural economy across Europe, looking for ways to preserve the European countryside, its environment and biodiversity, and its cultural heritage and traditions. It works as a think tank, bringing together experts to address key environmental/agricultural challenges in Europe and develops high quality accessible research reports with clear recommendations for policy makers.
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