Selection of the theme

In response to the global, multi-faceted crisis in the agri-food sector, AgriFood Lithuania is organizing, together with BIAC, the largest AgriFood Forum in the Baltic States on the theme of “Peace for Food”. This event is also an expression of support for the Business at OECD initiative with the same name Peace for Food.

The issue is particularly relevant in Baltic States as the agri-food sector accounts for around 7% GDP in each Baltics State economy, Ukraine is an important import partner for food sector companies, and the countrys overall inflation rate is one of the highest in the EU. The stagnation of agrifood companies would have a serious negative impact on the growth of other sectors and the unemployment rate (especially in regions). Thus, this Forum will aim to invite national and international stakeholders for a discussion and encourage the preparation of an action plan (including joint commitments of the most important actors in the sector), which would ensure the availability of affordable quality food for everyone without compromising the obligations for sustainability. Such commitments will be based on healthier, fairer, more sustainable, and resilient food systems.

The Forum will take place two weeks after the OECD ministerial meeting in Paris dedicated to the topic of Building Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in a Changing Environment: Shared Challenges, Transformative Solutions. AgriFood Forum will aim to review policy papers published earlier as well as the results of the ministerial meeting. The Forum will also offer additional recommendations that could help to solve the current challenges of the food system, and will later be presented to the OECD members. They should also be taken into consideration at the high-level follow-up meeting in Istanbul, which will be organized in 2023.

Foreseen results of the Forum:

Different high-level actors of the agrifood ecosystem and related sectors are included in the discussion on the existing multi-layered crises and the necessary measures and commitments to solve them.

A package of recommendations prepared during the forum will be handed over to Business at OECD BIAC and supplement the results of the ministerial meeting.

Significantly increased public dialogue on the critical role of food systems in national security and the measures necessary to protect society, farms, and agrifood companies.

Context of the Peace for Food Initiative

The current state of global affairs could be defined as a multi-layered crisis that is creating a shock to food demand and supply. Climate change, the pandemic and conflicts have significantly overloaded food systems and created one of the worst food crises in history. It has become urgent to move from discussion to action if global food systems are to feed the world, sustain the environment, and enable livelihoods across the food supply chain. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has already severely disrupted global food markets, causing negative consequences for global grain supplies in the short term. Disrupting natural gas and fertilizer markets, as well as the production and spread of agricultural technology, will also have negative impacts on producers in the medium- to long-term. In this context, the theme of Building Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in a Changing Environment: Shared Challenges, Transformative Solutions, was selected for the OECD Meeting of Agriculture Ministers (Ministerial) on November 3-4, 2022.

Objectives of the Peace for Food Initiative

The Peace for Food Initiative aims to bring international attention and global stakeholders together to highlight the current situation in global food markets. The initiative will enable businesses to proactively contribute to the OECD work on agriculture and will highlight the business commitment to reaching global objectives, including agriculture sustainability and innovation. Peace for Food has three main goals:

  • Inform the OECD and policymakers on the current challenges businesses face in wake of recent food price hikes, particularly in developing countries, what challenges it poses for businesses in developed countries, and showcase how businesses tackle these challenges;

  • Discuss policy actions to calm agricultural markets in the short term, and identify policy recommendations for making our food systems more resilient and sustainable in the long term, boosting agriculture productivity, innovation and how it can contribute to evidence-based policy-making;

  • Explore the role of international collaboration, in particular through OECD and G20 initiatives can play in stabilizing global food markets in times of price inflation and building momentum for the upcoming OECD Agriculture Ministerial, taking place on 3-4 November 2022.

Speakers

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen

Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
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Kęstutis Navickas

Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
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Simonas Gentvilas

Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
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Kazys Starkevičius

Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
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Prof. dr. Viktoras Pranckietis

Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
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Dr. Agnė Kudarauskienė

Deputy minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania
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Dorfmann Herbert

Member of the European Parliament
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Bronis Ropė

Member of the European Parliament
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Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Head of Media & Research at AgFunder
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Marja-Liisa Meurice

Director of EIT Food CLC North-East
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Vidmantas Janulevičius

President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
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Marie-Christine Le Gal

French Attaché for Agriculture & Food Industry for the CEE
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Prof. dr. Juozas Augutis

Rector at Vytautas Magnus University
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Daina Kleponė

Managing Director at Enterprise Lithuania
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Augustas Alešiūnas

CEO at ART21 & Innovation manager at Future Technologies DIH
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Donatas Dailidė

CEO at Dojus Group
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Kristina Simonaitytė

Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
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Linas Dičpetris

EY Baltics Consulting Leader
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Dr. George Beers

Coordinator at SmartAgriHubs, Wageningen University & Research
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Giedrius Bagušinskas

President of Lithuanian Cluster Networks & CEO at Lithuanian Food Exporters Association
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Andrius Pranckevičius

Deputy Chairman at Linas Agro Group, CEO at AB Kauno Grūdai, Chairman at PF Kekava
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Aušrys Macijauskas

Chairman at Lithuanian Grain Growers Association, Lithuanian Agriculture Council
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Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė

Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH
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Darius Gaidys

Lithuania Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs
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Eivilė Čipkutė

President at Association of Lithuanian Banks
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Mika Kukkurainen

Founder & Partner at Nordic FoodTech VC
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Raimundas Juknevičius

Chairman at Lithuanian Farmers’ Union
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Grigoris Chatzikostas

Vice President of Business Development at FoodScale Hub
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Daniel Calvo Alonso

Head of the Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics unit at Atos Research and Innovation
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Arūnas Jusas

CEO at Timac AGRO LT
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Aistė Miliūtė-Pranckuvienė

CEO at Birštonas Mineral Water
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Prof. dr. Julija Kiršienė

Vice-Rector for Research at Vytautas Magnus University
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Remigijus Lapinskas

Director at Green Policy Institute
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Arnas Radzevičius

Head of Agro Precision Technology Division at Agrokoncernas
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Daiva Jakaitė

Head of European Parliament Liaison Office in Lithuania
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Dr. Arūnas Svitojus

Chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
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Andžej Šuškevič

CEO at Baltic Amadeus
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Diana Tatarūnaitė Zubenienė

Director of the Lithuanian branch at Dojus Agro
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Arūnas Milašius

Editor at Delfi.lt Agro
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Mantas Vilys

Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center
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Ramūnas Terleckas

Editor at Verslo klasė
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Dr. Rico Mockel

Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Maastricht University
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Anneli Roose

Project Manager at Civitta Estonia
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Milda Kraużlis

RIS Programme Manager at EIT FOOD CLC North-East
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Martyna Czerniakowska

Action Line Leader at EIT Food RIS Fellowships
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Paulius Guzevičius

Director for Innnovation at Vikonda
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*The list of speakers will be updated.

Agenda

*Continuously updated

09:00 Opening of the Forum

Ramūnas Terleckas | Editor at Verslo Klasė

09:05 Welcome speech

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen | Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

09:10 Keynote of the AgriFood Forum 2021

Kęstutis Navickas | Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

09:20 Keynote: "CO2-free food sector: is it possible?"

Simonas Gentvilas | Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania

09:45 Keynote: "Strong and Digital. The beginning of the long run journey"

Augustas Alešiūnas | CEO at ART21 & Innovation manager at Future Technologies DIH

10:10 Keynote: "The Road to a Sustainable AgriFood Chain: How AgriFoodTech Investment & Innovation is Evolving"

Louisa Burwood-Taylor | Head of Media & Research at AgFunder

10:40 Coffee break

Stage I

Stage II

Rural Development and Future Skills Forum

10:50 Keynote: "Cooperatives and rural development: improving together"

Marie-Christine Le Gal | French Attaché for Agriculture and the Food Industry for the Central and Eastern European Region

11:10 Keynote: "Skills for the AgriFood sector: current situation and future perspectives"

Dr. Agnė Kudarauskienė | Deputy minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania

11:30 Discussion: "Prospects for the AgriFood sector to increase the economic development and attractiveness of regions for young people"

Marie-Christine Le Gal | French Attaché for Agriculture and the Food Industry for the Central and Eastern European Region
Juozas Augutis | Rector at VDU
Marja-Liisa Meurice | Director of EIT Food CLC North-East
Arnas Radzevičius | Head of Agro Precision Technology Division at Agrokoncernas
Dr. Agnė Kudarauskienė | Deputy minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

Robotics session (Joint broadcast for both halls)

12:20 Discussion: "Working side by side with AgriFood robots – opportunities and challenges"

Daniel Calvo Alonso | Head of the Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics unit at Atos Research and Innovation
Anneli Roose | Project Manager at Civitta Estonia
Dr. Rico Mockel | Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Maastricht University

Moderated by Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

Organized by

Empowering Women in AgriFood Sector Forum

13:20 Keynote: "How women leaders in the AgriFood sector can enforce faster economic and social recovery?"

Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

13:40 Discussion: "Why can women be at the forefront of the transformation of the agri-food sector?"

Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH
Diana Tatarūnaitė-Zubenienė | Director of the Lithuanian branch at Dojus Agro
Aistė Miliūtė-Pranckuvienė | CEO at Birštonas Mineral Water
Milda Kraużlis | RIS Programme Manager at EIT FOOD CLC North-East

Moderated by Edvardas Žičkus | Journalist

AgriFood Ecosystem in the Face of Digital and Green Transition Forum

Organized by

14:20 Keynote: "AgriFood ecosystem in the face of digital and green transition"

Marja-Liisa Meurice | Director of EIT Food CLC North-East

14:40 Discussion: "EU Innovation Ecosystems: the role of the AgriFood sector"

Daina Kleponė | CEO at Enterprise Lithuania
Darius Gaidys | Lithuania Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs
Vidmantas Janulevičius | President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
Andrius Pranckevičius | Deputy Chairman at Linas Agro Group, CEO at AB Kauno Grudai, Chairman at PF Kekava

Moderated by Ramūnas Terleckas | Editor at Verslo Klasė

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:20 Keynote: "Less is more: sustainability and efficiency in agribusiness"

Arūnas Jusas | CEO at Timac AGRO LT

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:35 Keynote: “EIT Food programs for innovators”

Martyna Czerniakowska | Action Line Leader at EIT Food RIS Fellowships
Małgorzata Młynarska | EIT Food RIS Junior Communication Coordinator at EIT Food

Vision of the Future AgriFood Sector in Lithuania Forum

15:50 Keynote: "Roadmap for Lithuanian AgriFood Sector Transformation"

Linas Dičpetris | EY Baltics Consulting Leader

16:10 Discussion: What vision do we have for the AgriFood sector in Lithuania?

Aušrys Macijauskas | Chairman at Lithuanian Grain Growers Association, Lithuanian Agriculture Council
Augustas Alešiūnas | CEO at ART21 & Innovation manager at Future Technologies DIH
Kazys Starkevičius | Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Julija Kiršienė | Vice-Rector for Research at Vytautas Magnus University

Moderated by Ramūnas Terleckas | Editor at Verslo Klasė

16:50 Closing of the Forum

Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

17:00 Networking meetings

Stage II

The Future of Agriculture in the EU: New Elements of Common Agriculture Policy, Green Deal and ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy

Organized by

10:50 Keynote: "New EU CAP policy and Green Deal: from Lithuanian perspective"

Prof. dr. Viktoras Pranckietis | Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

11:05 Keynote: "CAP policy revision: main directions and novelties"

Bronis Ropė | Member of the European Parliament

11:20 Discussion

Prof. dr. Viktoras Pranckietis | Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Bronis Ropė | Member of the European Parliament

Moderated by Arūnas Milašius | Editor of Delfi.lt Agro

11:35 Keynote: "’Farm to Fork’ strategy: the way forward for sustainable food production and consumption"

Dorfmann Herbert | Member of the European Parliament

11:50 Keynote: "New EU CAP policy and Green Deal: a look from Lithuanian farmer’s perspective"

Arūnas Svitojus | Chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

12:05 Discussion

Dorfmann Herbert | Member of the European Parliament
Arūnas Svitojus | Chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderated by Arūnas Milašius | Editor of Delfi.lt Agro

Robotics session (Joint broadcast for both halls)

12:20 Discussion: "Working side by side with AgriFood robots – opportunities and challenges"

Daniel Calvo Alonso | Head of the Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics unit at Atos Research and Innovation
Anneli Roose | Project Manager at Civitta Estonia
Dr. Rico Mockel | Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Maastricht University

Moderated by Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė | Director at AgriFood Lithuania DIH

Organized by

Green Transformation Investment and Financing Forum

Organised by MOSOM

13:20 Keynote: "The Green Deal: the importance of the AgriFood sector to the economy"

Paulius Kunčinas | Economist

13:40 Discussion: "Investment in the AgriFood sector: current situation and future prospects"

Grigoris Chatzikostas | Vice President of Business Development at FoodScale Hub
Paulius Kunčinas | Economist
Mika Kukkurainen | Founder & Partner at NORDIC FoodTech VC
Eivilė Čipkutė | President at Association of Lithuanian Banks

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

Smart Food Forum

14:20 Keynote: "Data sharing – the ‘hot potato’ in smart functional food"

Dr. George Beers | Coordinator at SmartAgriHubs, Wageningen University & Research

14:40 Discussion: "Smart specialization priorities: smart food, functional food"

Dr. George Beers | Coordinator at SmartAgriHubs, Wageningen University & Research
Linas Dičpetris | EY Baltics Consulting Leader
Giedrius Bagušinskas | President of Lithuanian Cluster Networks and CEO at Lithuanian Food Exporters Association
Andžej Šuškevič | CEO at Baltic Amadeus
Paulius Guzevičius | Director for Innnovation at Vikonda

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:20 Keynote: "Less is more: sustainability and efficiency in agribusiness"

Arūnas Jusas | CEO at Timac AGRO LT

Joint broadcast for both halls

15:35 Keynote: “EIT Food programs for innovators”

Martyna Czerniakowska | Action Line Leader at EIT Food RIS Fellowships
Małgorzata Młynarska | EIT Food RIS Junior Communication Coordinator at EIT Food

Sustainable Environment Forum

Presented by

15:50 Keynote: "Sustainability beyond the Green Deal: can sustainability be profitable?"

Donatas Dailidė | CEO at Dojus Group

16:10 Discussion: "Decarbonisation in agriculture: challenges and opportunities"

Remigijus Lapinskas | Director at Green Policy Institute
Raimundas Juknevičius | Chairman at Lithuanian Farmers’ Union
Donatas Dailidė | CEO at Dojus Group
Kristina Simonaitytė | Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderated by Mantas Vilys | Director at Lithuanian Innovation Center

16:50 Closing of the Forum

Daiva Jakaitė | Head of European Parliament Liaison Office in Lithuania