Past World Congresses

2013 Congress - Hyderabad, India

2011 World Congress - Brussels

2010 Latin America Round Table

The Role of Latin America in Feeding the World in 2050
Brasilia, Brazil
May 12-13, 2010

Former Presidents, former Agricultural Ministers, representatives of key Agribusiness Companies and NGO’s joined the first World
Agricultural Forum (WAF) to be held Latin America. From May 12 to 13th the forum discussed the role that Latin American will play as a
global supplier of agricultural products to 2050.

With plenty of available land and water Latin America is well placed to play an increasingly important role in helping the world meet its
increasing demand of food, fuel and fiber. But in order to do that it must be proactive and give an answer to areas holding its growth.

The World Agricultural Forum Latin America will focussed its discussions on how to tackle key constraints for the region such as:

What technological and natural resource policies do we need?
Are we building enough human capital to bring the next generation of agricultural leaders?
Do we have the needed infrastructure to be efficient?
What opportunities and challenges will climate change bring?
Can small producers be beneficiaries of this growth?
Is Latin America leading or following in Bio-Fuels?
How do we tackle the growing water constraint?
Does Latin America follow the right strategies to reach markets?
Is Latin American agriculture attractive for investors?

        Agenda 2010 Latin America Round Table

2009 World Congress

The Agricultural Challenge
May 18 - 20, 2009
St. Louis, Missouri USA

The 2009 World Congress focussed on seeking solutions to issues around agricultural production and supply, rising food costs, the
crucial resource of water, and the impacts on agricultural economies and resources during a period of unprecedented financial
uncertainties on a global scale. Defining strategies and creating solutions to achieve a better understanding of the drivers and
challenges of agriculture and food production including labour, rising prices, shrinking sources of credit, leveraging of innovation and
technology, creation of incentives for production and higher productivity, and reducing the impact of input costs to farmers. Lessons
learned in Latin America highlighted the important role of education to drive successes in agricultural production and provide a path
forward for Africa and the developing world. Each sector -- government, private and private-public partnerships and civil society (NGOs)
was challenged to provide a road map to success by addressing the crucial issues of safe, affordable and reliable supplies of food, fuel,
fiber and water. Failure to address these issues around agriculture and food production as an economic priority will have long-lasting
impacts in the global community.

Agenda - 2009 World Congress

2009 World Congress Proceedings

2009 Asia Rountable

Balancing the Agricultural Bottom Line
March 8 - 10, 2009
Phuket, Thailand

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Agenda - The 2009 Asia Roundtable

2007 World Congress

Creating Prosperity through Investments in Agriculture
May 8 - 10
St. Louis, Missouri USA

The World Agricultural Forum (WAF) experienced the most successful World Congress to date. More than 400 world leaders gathered for the 10th World
Congress to focus on the timeless theme of "Creating Prosperity through Investments in Agriculture." With several nations represented at the 10-year
anniversary, the WAF is able to highlight more key outcomes poised to empower agriculture than in years past.
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Featured Speakers

Robert W. Lane – Chairman and CEO, Deere & Company
Hon. DR. Rajashekara Reddy – Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA
Rt. Hon. John Gummer – Former Minister of Ag, UK
Carl Hausmann – President and CEO, Bunge North America, Inc
Hon. Minister Hilary Onek – Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries, and Fisheries, Republic of Uganda
Marcos Jank – President of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations ICONE, Brazil
Rick Greubel – Group Vice President and International President, Tyson Food Inc
Brett Begemann – Executive Vice President, Monsanto Company
Lutz Goedde – Senior Director, Market Access, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Andrew Bennett – CEO, Syngenta Foundation, UK
Hon. Dr. George Chaponda – Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Republic of Malawi
Christopher Delgado – Strategy & Policy Adviser, Agriculture & Rural Development, World Bank
Michael de Groot – Executive Director, Rabobank Foundation. The Netherlands
Mariann Fischer Boel – Commissioner for Agricultural and Rural Development, European Economic Union
Raghuveera Reddy – Hon Minister for Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh, India
James Spellman – United Nations Foundation
Barclay Forrest – ODE, Director, D1 Oils, UK
Thomas Dorr – Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. Paul Thompson – W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University
Hon. Minister Hilary Onek – Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries, and Fisheries, Republic of Uganda Need for Transforming Rural Areas to
Dr. Joyce Cacho – Director, Agribusiness Initiatives, The Corporate Council on Africa
Pamela Anderson – Director General, International Potato Center, Peru
Julie Howard – Executive Director, Partnership to End Hunger in Africa
Richard Foster – Vice President-Programs, W.H. Kellogg Foundation
Adama Gaye – Group Head Corporate Affairs, Government and Investor Relations, Ecobank, Togo Africa
Mr. Joseph U. Ayalogu, Amb – Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nigeria to Switzerland, Berne
Mike Johanns – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Mohamed Ait Kadi – President of the General Council of Agricultural Development, Morocco

Agenda - The 2007 World Congress

2005 World Congress

The Key to Peace, Security and Growth: Local, Regional AND Global Agri-Food Systems

2005 World Congress May 16 - 18
St. Louis, Missouri USA

The 2005 Congress examined critical issues in agriculture and its role in economic development and human welfare. Speakers stressed positive achievements
in local and global agri-food systems that can be expanded to bridge the gaps and create a more peaceful and equitable society for all.

Featured Speakers

Ruth Oniang’o – Executive Director, Rural Outreach Program, Kenya
Felipe Manteiga – Managing Director, Agricultural Programs, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Hans Johr – Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestle
Carl Hausmann – President & CEO, Bunge North America
Philip Kiriro – President, East Africa Farmers Federation
Jean-Marc Trarieux – Agricultural Attache , Delegation of the European Commission
Mohamed Ait-Kadi – President of the General Council of Agricultural development, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Forestry Morocco
Reid Detchon – Executive Director, Energy Future Coalition
Mike Eckhart – President, American Council for Renewable Energy
Israel Klabin – President, Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development
Rick Tolman – CEO, National Corn Growers Association
Stephen Censky – CEO, American Soybean Association
Felipe Manteiga – Head of Agriculture, Millennium Challenge Account
Istvan Feher – Deputy Secretary of State, Hungary
Deborah Perkins – Executive Director, Food and Agribusiness Research, Rabobank
Jim Thompson – Global Development Alliance Secretariat, USAID
Paul Carothers – Vice-President, Public Affairs, Kraft Foods
Rob Horsch – Vice-President Monsanto Company
Ken Roberts – Associate Administrator FAS, USDA

Agenda - 2005 World Congress

2003 World Congress

A New Age in Agriculture: Working Together To Create The Future And Dismantle The Barriers
May 18 - 20
St. Louis, Missouri USA   Hyatt Hotel, Union Station

Featured Speakers

Dr. Norman Borlaug – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, President, Sasakawa African Association
Jacques Diouf – Director General Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations, represented by Charles Riemenschneider
Dr. Pedro Sanchez – Co-Chair, United Nations Task Force on Hunger, 2002 World Food Prize Laureate
Joachim von Braun – Director General, International Food and Policy Research Institute
Mr. Adrian Measner – President & CEO, Canadian Wheat Board
Armando Paredes – President, National Agriculture Council, Mexico
Ken Roberts – Deputy Associate Administrator, Foreign Ag Service, USDA
Hon. V. Sobhanadreeswara Rao – Minister of Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh, India
Dr. Memed Gunawan – Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia
Hon. Kipruto Rono arap Kirwa – Minister of Agriculture, Kenya
Jaesoo Kim – Agriculture Counselor, Korea
Hon. Alvaro Enrique Quijandria Salmon – Minister of Agriculture of Peru
Siphiwe Mkhize PhD – Minister of Agriculture, Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC
David Walker – Deputy Chief of Mission, New Zealand
Hideaki Kumazawa – Vice Agriculture Minister, Japan
Peter Baxter – Deputy Chief of Mission, Australian Embassy, US
Fons Schmid – Chairman, Global Food Safety Task Force and Vice President Food Safety, Royal Ahold, The Netherlands
Dr. Jose Zaglul – President of Earth University, Costa Rica
Margaret Kruk – Expert Presenter, UN Millennium Project
Aly Shady – Co – Founder, World Water Council, Canada
Oran Hesterman – Program Director, Food Systems and Rural Development, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Jim Hershey – Program Director, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health WISHH
Jake Walter – Mozambique Country Director, TechnoServe
Marcelo Muniagurria – Lieutenant Governor of Santa Fe, Argentina
Hon. David Jimenez Sardon – Governor of Puna, Peru

Agenda - 2003 World Congress

2001 World Congress

A New Age in Agriculture: Feeding the World
May 20 - 22
St. Louis, Missouri USA

Featured Speakers

John C. Danforth – Chairman, Advisory Board
Jacques Diouf – Director General, Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nation
Dr. Bugaran Saragih – Minister of Agriculture, Representing Meagawati Soekarnoputri, Vice President, Indonesia
Prof. Ango Abdullahi – Special Advisor to the President on Food Security, Representing President Obasanjo, Nigeria
Ismail Alaoui – Minister of Agriculture, Representing the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Morocco
Marcelo Regunaga – Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Argentina
Franz Fischler – Commissioner for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, European Union
Herbert G. Brown – Chairman
Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn – President
Mr. Gerard Viatte – Director for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, OECD, Paris
Casaba Csaki – Senior Advisor, World Bank
Carlos – Felipe Jaramillo - Ph.D., Director, Colombian Government Trade Bureau
J. Erik Fyrwald – President, Dupont Nutrition and Health
Dan Glickman – Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
George McGovern - Ambassador, UN Mission to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Rome, Italy
Ben Gill – President, National Farmers Union, United Kingdom
George Melloan - Deputy Editor, Wall Street Journal
Sharad Joshi – Chairman, Task Force on Agriculture, Government of India
Lyle Vanclief – Minister of Agriculture and Agri – Food, Canada
Dr. His-Huang Chen – Chairman of Council of Agriculture, Chinese Taipei
Mattie R. Sharpless – Acting Administrator of Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA
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