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TUESDAY 07/03/2017 

7.00pm Opening Organic Forum SCHLOSS KIRCHBERG:

Opening and introduction: Rudolf Bühler, Chairman Foundation Haus der Bauern & BESH

„Population, Nutrition and Limits of Grow", Prof. Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker, President of the Club of Rome

„The Future of World Food Matters and the Role of small Producers“, Prof. Hartmut Vogtmann, University of Kassel


Small Buffet with finger food and drinks


WEDNESDAY 08/03/2017 

9.00am Opening of the congress, Schwaebisch Hall
Rudolf Bühler, Chairman Foundation Haus der Bauern & BESH
Elizabeth Mpofu, General Secretary La Via Campesina (LVC), Zimbabwe

9.30am Keynote speech: “Why does the international community should increase the support and protection of the rights of peasants and other rural people?” José Graziano da Silva, Director General of FAO (video message)

9.40am Keynote speech: "Global Development and the Role of Farmers", by Klaus Töpfer, Former Director of UNEP

10.10am „The Consultations in the Working Group of the UNHRC on the Draft Declaration“, Nardi Suxo Iturry/ Ambassador of Bolivia in Geneva and Chair of the Intergovernmental WG

10.30am “Why do we need to be concerned? Out of a peasants perspective”
by Henry Saragih, Serikat Petani Indonesia, Intern. Coordination Com., LVC

10.50 - 11.15am Break

11.15am „Small Talk Panel: The recognition of peasantry as rights holders: the voices of people working in rural areas rise up“ Margaret Nakato, WFF Uganda | Khalid Khawaldeh, WAMIP Jordan | Federico Pacheco, SOC Spain | Perla Alvarez, Conamuri Paraguay | Jean Ari, SPI Indonesia | Walter Haefeker, Beekeepers Europe

12.00am buzz-group talks, Interviews from the floor, Interviewer: Sandra Moreno and Francisco Mari

12.30am - 02.00 pm Lunch

02.00pm „The International Day of Women and the Rights of Rural Women“, Prof. Godula Kosack, Chair Terre des Femme Germany

02.20pm „The Agricultural Policy of the EU from a Human Rights´ Perspective“, Harald Ebner, Member of German Parliament, Agricultural Spokesman for Agriculture | “The G20-Initiatives and the Rights of Peasants” Fritz Jung, German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

02.40pm External Views, Prof. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, University Wageningen

03.10pm Panel with Keynote Speaker, discussion with the audience, questions to the speakers of the day

03.30-4.00pm Break

04.00pm Legal Panel concerning Peasants´ Rights “Why do we need a UN-Declaration on peasant rights? A legal assessment”, Dr. Adriana Bessa, Geneva Academy | Prof. Smita Narula, Hunters University Roosevelt House, New York | Prof. Dieter Schweizer, CEDR Brussels | Gastón Chillier, CELS Buenos Aires

05.20pm Procedural Matters – Introduction into the Deliberations of the next day

07pm Invitation by BESH: Festive Farmers´ Dinner [already booked up, a waiting list is maintained]

Honorable Guest & Keynote: Carlo Petrini, Founder of the International Slow Food Movement

Special Guests: Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch, State Secretary BW | Matthias Krön, Chairman Danube Soya Vienna


Thursday 09/03/2017

09.00am Schwäbisch Hall, Venue: in the Working Group Meeting Places, Schwaebisch Hall [see Conference Map]

Thematic working groups:

  1. right to land and natural resources and land/resource grabbing
  2. right to seeds/breeds and the challenges of new GMOs and emerging technologies
  3. right to food, income and means of production and access to markets and fair shares /trade
  4. rights to biodiversity and protection of indigenous knowledge
  5. civil rights and increasing repression and Criminalization


02.00pm Regional working groups:

  • Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, Germany


05.00pm Exposure trips to rural development projects of BESH and other partners

Check out the exposure program


07.00 pm Farmers Dinner in the Regional Farmers´ Market of BESH


Friday 10/03/2017 

08.45am Neubausaal Schwaebisch Hall


09.00am “Think out of the Box: Technological Change and the Rights of Peasants", Pat Mooney, ETC Group, Canada | Guy Kastler, Réseau Semences Paysannes, France

„Can Human Rights be an Instrument to Improve the Situation of the Small Rural Producers", Michael Windfuhr, German Institut for Human Rights, Berlin 


10.10am Introduction of a Draft and Reactions – Message of the Congress by Sofia Monsalve, FIAN


11.00am Political Panel: What can we expect from the European Governments? Simon Zbinden, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland | Dr. Regina Pinto, Ministry of Agriculture Portugal | Francisco Cali, Ambassador of Guatemala in Germany | Juma Ali Juma, Principal Secretary of the Agricultural Ministry, Zanzibar


12.30pm Closing Words Rudolf Bühler, Host of the Congress


12.45pm Lunch


02pm End of the Congress