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7th Forum on the EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)

19 May 2022

The 7th Forum on the EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) was held in Tirana, 16-18 May 2022. A session on the “Farm to Fork” Strategy as a key for agri-food transformation in the EUSAIR Countries was organized by CIHEAM Bari in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of agriculture and Rural Development.

The main objective was to discuss and share perspectives on how the “Farm to Fork” approach in EUSAIR countries could contribute to sustainable food systems, a more vibrant rural development, and a resilient economic growth.

The keynote speakers and panellist agreed that the implementation of “Farm to Fork” strategy is of crucial importance for promotion of more sustainable rural development and resilient economic growth in the Adriatic and Ionian region. It will open new business opportunities based on modern technologies and innovation and involvement of youth generations both within and outside the EU. “Farm to Fork” strategy and more sustainable rural development are essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and should be among the pillars of the EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

CIHEAM Bari is strongly committed to support the implementation of “Farm to Fork” Strategy in the EUSAIR region in collaboration with relevant governmental institutions and stakeholders. It is essential for achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal in EUSAIR countries.

Keynote speakers:

  • Frida Krifca, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Albania
  • Eduardo Cuoco, Executive Director IFOAM Europe.

Panellists:

  • Pasquale Di Rubbo, DG AGRI
  • Boban Ilic, Secretary General RRD-SWG in South-Eastern Europe
  • Fabio Maria Santucci, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policies, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Fatbardh Sallaku, rector of the Agricultural University of Tirana
  • Vincenzo Linarello, President of GOEL- Cooperative Group, Italy

Chair / moderator:

Mladen Todorovic, CIHEAM Bari, Italy.