Participation of the PABSEC International Secretariat to the International Agribusiness Forum, Athens, 6-7 October 2021
Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General participated in the AgriBusiness Forum 4th international edition, which took place in Athens, on 6-7 October 2021.
Covid-19 pandemic has revealed severe shortcomings on globalized (agrifood) supply chains raising questions from globalization to security, safety, risk management and resilience of farm-to-fork chains. AgriBusiness Forum 2021 focused on addressing these challenges, enhancing “green” & “digital” transition, and appraising climate change impact, in line with CAP 2021-2027 & EU Recovery Fund strategy. Under the global and national emerging trends & constraints, AgriBusiness Forum sets an inclusive platform for shaping robust, comprehensive & coherent dialogue towards viable, sustainable, traceable & resilient agrifood systems.
The Forum highlighted “Food & Farming systems’ green and digital transition”, spanning 9 high caliber sessions, 45 focal areas, and 50 speakers from all over the world. The conference was held with the physical participation of speakers and delegates, representing leading businesses, financial services, innovative farmers, policymakers, research, and academia.
The list of speakers included Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski (EU Commissioner for Agriculture), Mr. Nabil Gangi (Dpt. Regional Representative for Europe & Central Asia, FAO United Nations), Mr. Simos Kedikoglou (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Rural Development & Food), Ms. Alia El-Yassir (UN WOMEN Regional Director, Representative to Turkey; Europe and Central Asia), Mr. Hubert Cottogni (Deputy Director, Head of Mandate Management, European Investment Fund), Ms. Meral Guzel (Partnership Manager, Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, UN Women), Mr. Ilia Tamarashvili (Director, RDA, Ministry of Environmental Protection & Agriculture of Georgia), etc.
The sessions included issues like “The future of agrifood systems in view of the outcomes from the United Nation’s Food Systems Summit 2021”, “Food Security & Safety in the digital world: regulation, frauds detection & monitoring tools”, “Smart farming, processing & circular economy: Precision agriculture, Α.Ι., sustainable biorefineries”, “Financial instruments for efficient & sustainable agribusiness”, etc.