DAKAR, Senegal, February 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the initiative of President Abdoulaye Wade, Senegal is organizing the second edition of the International Dakar Agricultural Forum on 18th and 19th April 2011 at the Meridien President Hotel in Dakar.
A month before the G20 agricultural meetings, heads of state, ministers, farmers and experts from across the globe will meet in Dakar to discuss regulation and global agricultural governance.
The event is organized in collaboration with the MOMAGRI Think-tank, (Mouvement pour une Organisation Mondiale de l'Agriculture(1)), To answer the fundamental questions currently faced by the international community:
- Under which principles can we regulate agricultural markets to prevent food crises and avoid repeated agricultural crises? - What instruments and international cooperation should be put to use to improve food security and fight poverty? - On what grounds can we create a new global governance that will make agriculture, food and environmental preservation top priorities?
The conclusions that emerge from this Forum will undoubtedly form an essential pillar for international negotiations during the G20 summit chaired by France.
The Forum will also support the international commitment to strengthen "the role and the voice of the countries of the South in global governance."
His Excellency Mr. Khadim Gueye, Senegal's Minister of Agriculture, is scheduled to discuss this issue with his counterparts during the Paris International Agricultural Show and during the IFAD's Governing Council in Rome, Italy.
What is the International Dakar Agricultural Forum ?
This international event is based on the first Dakar Agricultural Forum which, on 4th and 5th February 2005, reunited several heads of state and more than 800 participants: ministers, researchers and academics, international organizations, NGOs, multinational companies and agricultural organizations from around world on the theme of "global agricultural divide."
The Forum, open to all nations, is now considered a precursor. Indeed, issues on agriculture and food concern the future of the planet: land purchases, riots, repeated agricultural crises, agricultural price volatility...
As an arena for exchange at the initiative of President Wade and the countries of the South, the Forum is intended as a prelude to the Agriculture G20 summit.