IFMA 19 Congress, the 19th conference of International Farm Management Association, was held at Warsaw University of Life Sciences between 21st and 26th of July 2013. The topic of the Congress was Transforming agriculture – between policy, science and the consumer.
40 years of tradition
IFMA Congresses have been organized for over 40 years all over the world. The meetings take place biannually, in various countries and on various continents. It is thus possible for the participants to gain knowledge about farming issues specific of different regions of the world. The conferences are attended by hundreds of participants from numerous countries. They include representatives of the agricultural production sector: farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs and scientists specializing in agriculture; politicians involved in decision-making processes on state and international levels; representatives of companies which provide farmers with resources indispensable for efficient farming, as well as delegates of companies dealing with processing and distribution of agricultural produce.
The host country – Poland
Poland was the host country of IFMA Congress 2013. Apart from attending the plenary sessions and listening to talks given by Polish and foreign presenters, the participants were invited to Polish farms and companies from the agricultural sector. Additionally, the Guests were encouraged to visit R&D and advisory institutes, whose primary activity is supporting agricultural manufacturers in their work. The Congress Delegates were also welcomed on the premises of Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY”.
The subject matter of the Congress
The discussions at the Congress focused on a number of key issues. The first one were the modifications of EU Agricultural Policy guidelines, another were the relations between changes in the natural environment and agricultural production. The Delegates also wondered whether the existence of the so-called “small farms” makes economic sense in the current situation of global agriculture, and what the role of those small farms is in the changing world economy. The fourth topic was the transfer of knowledge between R&D institutions and agricultural entrepreneurs, a practice which helps improve the efficiency of agricultural production. Moreover, bearing in mind the growing world population, the participants looked into global food safety. Taking the opportunity to present the Polish perspective on agriculture, the organizers took care to familiarize the Congress participants with the situation on Polish farms, especially in the context of changes which have taken place in the past 25 years and the impact of the Polish access to the EU structures.
The general partner of IFMA Congress organized at Warsaw University of Life Sciences was Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY”.