Where agriculture & environment meet for an open dialogue

FFA partners

The Forum for the Future of Agriculture 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 forum on the next phase of its journey.
The European Landowners' Organization (ELO), created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the 27 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, comprising of Syngenta Crop Protection and Syngenta Seeds. 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. Syngenta Crop Protection and Syngenta Seeds are part of Syngenta Group with 49,000 people in more than 100 countries and is working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to accelerating innovation for farmers and nature, striving for carbon neutral agriculture, helping people stay safe and healthy and partnering for impact.
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Strategic partners

Our strategic partners support the mission of the forum 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  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. WWF does not derive any financial benefit from this partnership, nor does it imply alignment with the positions of FFA or other partners.
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Cargill’s 160,000 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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Thought For Food is the world’s entrepreneurial innovation engine for food and agriculture. They work with more than 15,000 next-generation leaders from over 160 countries, helping to generate and scale thousands of ideas through their comprehensive suite of next-generation innovation programs. These include the TFF Challenge, an annual collaborative prize competition; the TFF Digital Labs, a digital startup accelerator and collaboration platform; the TFF Academy, an in-person incubation program for world-class startups; and the TFF Summit, a flagship global event focused on bringing the voices of the next generation into solution development. TFF's work is powered by their global operating structure, including the TFF Core Team, 13 Regional Coordinators and 400 Ambassadors in more than 200 cities. Thought For Food is a 501c3 non-profit entity.
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The FFA2021 Month of March and the forthcoming FFA2021 regional event in May are organised under the auspices of the Portuguese Presidency at the Council of the European Union.

International Partners

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, non-partisan organization that provides insight on critical global issues, advances policy solutions, and fosters dialogue about what is happening in the world and why it matters to people in Chicago, the United States, and around the globe.
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FFA friends

The Friends of the Countryside is a non-profit making organisation consisting of a network of like minded private landowners, rural managers and entrepreneurs from 27 countries stretching from the Rockies to the Urals. By means of innovative, regenerative and sustainable practices, this network promotes the long term interests of their land. Through the platform of the European Landowners’ Organisation, the FCS 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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John Deere is a world leader in providing advanced products and services. Throughout our history, we have remained committed to those linked to the land and we are committed to being a great corporate citizen of the world. The company’s innovative technology is key to serve the growing worldwide population. Higher standards are necessary to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. More than 73.500 employees worldwide provide customers with agricultural equipment, as well as lawn and grounds care equipment and construction and forestry equipment. John Deere runs more than 70 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries and the products are sold in 160 countries worldwide.
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SYSTEMIQ was set up in 2016 to drive the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals by transforming markets, business models and asset classes in three economic systems: nature (land use & oceans), energy and materials. We have built a mission-driven, profitable company with operations in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Brazil and with more than 200 professionals. We are a certified B Corp. We attract investment capital from world-class investors and top talent from leading private and public institutions. We work globally and locally to enable system change and help our partners anticipate, shape and create value in the new economy.
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Indigo Ag improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. The company’s scientific discoveries and digital platforms benefit tens of thousands of growers across millions of acres. In 2019, Indigo Ag launched Indigo Carbon - a scientifically backed program that provides growers with a new revenue stream in the form of verified agricultural carbon credits.
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