History Of The World Agricultural Forum

The World Agricultural Forum (WAF) is a noted policy-neutral and internationally inclusive
agriculture-driven forum.

History of the Organization

The WAF was founded in 1997 by a small group of agri-food and financial leaders in St. Louis,
Missouri. Prior to the formation of the World Agricultural Forum (WAF) in 1997, no neutral forum
existed for comprehensive discussion and examination of global agricultural/agri-food policy or
development of creative solutions to address the concern in supplying food, fiber and fuel to a
population growing in numbers and wealth. Recognizing the benefits such a neutral forum
would provide, the WAF was founded with a clear sense of purpose.

Participating Countries

The WAF has attracted participation from 110 countries to World Congresses since 1998.
Governments, NGOs, private and public businesses and universities have represented
countries in Africa, Europe, the Americas, Micronesia, the Pacific Rim, Asia, Oceania and the
Indian subcontinent.

The Advisory Board to the WAF consists
of representatives having agriculture
backgrounds in 16 countries including
New Zealand, China, India, Morocco,
Columbia, the United States, Italy, Costa
Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium,
Switzerland, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Germany and France.

Organizations Represented

Few other organizations attract opposing views of global agriculture on an equal platform for the
discussion and creation of change. Influential speakers and participants throughout the past
World Congresses have shared their agendas and perspectives among their peers. This
remarkable list includes heads of state, policy makers, corporate leaders, academia,
economists and media from all aspects of the agriculture value chain.

In ten years, the WAF has convened many ministers and secretaries of agriculture from around
the world and several have participated in more than one Congress. Other repeat participants or
speakers include Dr. Norman Borlaug, the World Bank, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Monsanto,
Tyson, D1 Oils, Nestle, Corporate Council on Africa, International Food and Policy Research
Institute, The World Food Prize, Partnership to End Hunger in Africa, United Nations, Food and
Agriculture Organization, European Union, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, U.S. Secretaries of
Agriculture, OXFAM America, World Wildlife Fund, World Trade Organization, Earth University in
Costa Rica, Michigan State University and Washington University.


The WAF has been at the forefront of identifying pressing issues in agriculture, bringing
controversial topics to the table such as food security, the ever-growing food vs. fuel debate, food
safety, agricultural sustainability, investments in agribusiness, natural resource management,
impact of free trade agreements, technology and biotechnology acceptance, increasing
demands and decreasing availability of fresh water, examples and advancements in bioenergy,
agriculture mitigating climate change, and linking small-holder farmers to effective and equitable


Throughout the last decade, the WAF has seen successes in the following areas: raised
awareness of biofuels, particularly the introduction of Jatropha; named Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperative (APEC) Domestic Champion - as the Domestic Champion for APEC, the WAF
provides a means for the Finance and Agriculture Ministers for the 21 member economies to
further their food system agenda; consistently brings together leading global partners and
competitors in the agriculture value chain to create new ideas and approaches for change;
formed partnerships with the United Nation's International Fund for Agricultural Development,
the World Food Program and the Food and Agricultural Organization to examine the need for a
Global Commission on Rural Development; creation of Non-Government Organization Council;
created a community on water as it is integrated with agriculture; created a demonstration
engine using Jatropha for education and science; heightened the exposure of their Board in both
the industry and media.

The World Agricultural Forum is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization.
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Vision and Mission:

The Vision of the WAF is to
empower agriculture to feed
every man, woman and child.

Mission of the WAF is to
catalyse the development of
action plans that meet the world's
growing need for food, fiber, fuel
and water.
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